FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University volleyball team battled back after falling behind early, but couldn't finish the comeback as visiting Lake Forest College came away with a four-set non-conference victory inside Sadoff Gymnasium, this evening, Oct. 1.
The Sabres put together a 13-1 run in the middle of a 25-16 third set victory to bring life to a squad trying to avoid their 11th straight setback. However, Marian fell behind late in the fourth set and was unable to recover as Brittany Avonts led the Forester offensive attack to the win.
Avonts finished with a match-high 16 kills, while Marian's Casey Lamberty led her squad with 15. Lake Forest improved to 6-11 overall with the win, while the Sabres dropped to 5-14.
Lake Forest controlled the first two sets, hitting .281 and .306, respectively, en route to 25-22 and 25-16 set wins.
In the third set, the Sabres trailed early on, 12-10, but then put together a 13-1 run that would prove too much for the Foresters to overcome. Lake Forest had seemingly lost all the momentum it had built up after the first two sets, aiding the Sabres by committing seven errors during the decisive run.
Meanwhile, Lamberty proved the difference for the Sabres, connecting with five kills on nine attacks. Katrina Jansen kept plays alive as she totaled 19 digs in the match, including five in the third set alone as Marian took the set convincingly, 25-16.
Marian's middle-blocking was successful at times as well, as it totaled eight blocks on the night, including three in the lone set win. Katlin Jarvis tallied three blocks, including two solo.
In the fourth set, the Sabres were forced to call timeout after falling behind 7-2 out of the gate. Marian closed the deficit to 12-10 before the Foresters widened the lead to 18-11. Marian embarked on a late comeback down the stretch, stringing together three straight points to make it 23-20, but Lake Forest finished it off by earning the final two points.
The Sabres will be back in action this Friday, Oct. 4, to play host to preseason NACC favorite, Dominican University, at 7 p.m.