FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University volleyball team faced off against Lakeland College in another hotly-contested affair and again fell short in four sets as the Muskies proved too much down the stretch, winning 25-23, 25-27, 25-22 and 25-21 inside Sadoff Gymnasium this evening, Oct. 16.
In their first meeting of the season, a non-conference match, each set was decided by three points or less. Tonight, three out of the four sets were decided by three points or less with the final set resulting in a four-point difference. The Muskies put three players in double-digit kills and five in double-digit digs as their defense stood to the task of the Marian offensive attack.
Lakeland improves to 15-9 overall, 5-5 in the NAC with the win, while Marian falls to 13-12 (5-4 NAC) with the loss.
Lakeland hit .297 in the first set, converting 16 kills led by Anna Faust's seven kills en route to the 25-23 set win. Anna Smit led the Sabres back in the second set with four kills, helping Marian to the set win in extra points, 27-25, despite hitting just .064 as a team in the set.
The third set was a back-and-forth affair with the Sabres jumping out to an early advantage, leading by as many as four points, 10-6. However, Lakeland provided an answer with a 9-3 run to gain the advantage. Lakeland hit just .077, but held Marian to .031 in process, pulling away in the end en route to a 25-22.
Another back-and-forth set ensued in the fourth set. With the score tied 16-16, back-to-back attack errors by the Sabres spotted Lakeland a two-point lead and they never looked back on the way to a 25-21 set win and match victory.
The Sabres will be back in action this Friday, Oct. 19, taking on Rockford on the road at 7 p.m.