FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – Another dominant performance was capped with a straight sets victory as the Marian University women's volleyball team swept Concordia University Chicago (25-12, 25-18, 25-16) in Northern Athletics Conference action inside Sadoff Gymnasium, this evening, Oct. 5.
Prior to the match, a few players offered Head Coach Kerri Huebel a token of appreciation in honor of her upcoming Hall of Fame induction, taking place tomorrow evening. That seemed to set the tone as the Sabres put forth tremendous effort en route to a dominating result. Anna Smit led all with 11 kills on 17 attempts, including six kills in the first set alone. Katie Reimer added 28 assists, while eighth Sabres recorded multiple digs.
Marian improved to 13-9 overall, 5-2 in the NAC with the win, while Concordia Chicago dropped to 4-12 (2-5 NAC).
The Sabres cruised to a big lead in the first set as Smit converted all six of her attacks. As a team, Marian hit an incredible .526 from the floor, converting 11 kills on 19 attempts with just one error. The Cougars, on the other hand, finished with a .000 attack percentage. However, at one point CUC cut the deficit to 9-6, but then the Sabres responded with a 16-6 run to close it out.
The second set was just as dominant for the Sabres, while being equally inefficient for the Cougars. Even with a five-point run when facing set point, the Cougars still managed to hit -.029 for the set, committing 10 errors to only nine kills. A Casey Lamberty block put an exclamation point on a 25-18 second set win.
In the third set, Concordia Chicago came to life with the help of Kristin Allen, who recorded the majority of her six kills in the final set. CUC jumped out to a 6-2 lead before a seven-point run gave Marian a 9-6 advantage, one in which they would not relinquish.
The Sabres will be back in action on this Homecoming weekend tomorrow, hosting Dominican in an 11 a.m. NAC tilt.