LISLE, Ill. (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University women's volleyball team dropped a three-setter to host Benedictine University (25-17, 25-21, 25-23) in Northern Athletics Conference play at the Rice Center this evening, Sept. 28.
The Sabres' offensive struggles continued as they hit just .034 for the match. Meanwhile, the Eagles hit .127 and put two players in double-digits kills en route to the win. Molly Kovacich led all players with 11 kills, while Carlie Kinsey led the Sabres with seven.
Marian fell to 10-9, 2-2 in the NAC with the loss, while Benedictine improved to 17-2 (4-0 NAC).
The first set saw the Eagles jump out to a 9-1 lead before the Sabres responded with three unanswered points thanks to a BU ball handling error and two attacking errors. The lead grew to 14-5 before Marian took its first timeout, but it didn't calm the Eagle attack.
Benedictine kept the pressure on, increasing its lead to 19-9 on the way to a 25-17 win. Marian hit -.111 in the set, recording just seven kills compared to 11 errors.
In the second set, another fast start paced the Eagles. BU jumped out to a 12-3 advantage on another unforced Marian error. A pair of Cassandra Klapoetke kills helped cut the deficit to 13-9, but a 6-1 Eagle run helped put the set out of reach as Benedictine went on to the 25-21 win.
Marian gained its first lead of the match in the third set. After a Candice Cuppini kill started the set, Anna Smit put one away to tie the score before three more Sabre points followed to make it 4-1. Benedictine closed the gap to regain the lead at 10-9 and wouldn't look back. Marian wouldn't let the deficit get outside of three points and even came within a point at 24-23, but Cuppini's last of 10 kills ended the match, 25-23.
The Sabres will be back in action tomorrow, Sept. 29, taking on Aurora on the road at 11 a.m.