Doubling Up on Conference Play
Hard Fought Road Win: Last week started out rough as the Sabres dropped two home matches to Lake Forest and Dominican, but ended on the right note with a come-from-behind road victory over Alverno. After dropping the first set, 25-17, the Sabres battled back to win the next three for a 3-1 win in a raucous Reiman Gymnasium. Anna Smit led Marian with 14 kills, while Casey Lamberty added 13 kills and 17 digs. Freshmen Morgan Dercks and Jordan Menges split setting duties, tallying 18 and 17 assists, respectively.
On the Horizon: After their two home games this weekend, the Sabres will embark on a three-game road trip next week, taking on Edgewood (Oct. 15) before traveling to Illinois for a pair of NACC matches against Concordia Chicago (Oct. 18) and Rockford (Oct. 19).
Examining the Eagles: Benedictine University is 11-10 overall, but has yet to drop a NACC match through five league contests this year. The Eagles have defeated the likes of Concordia Chicago, Wisconsin Lutheran, Alverno, MSOE and Concordia Wisconsin so far this season, four of those matches on the road. They are 2-4 on the road this season.
Candice Cuppini is one-of-three All-NACC First Teamers that return for the Eagles this year. Her 237 kills is fifth in the league, while her 3.65 kills/set is second. Abby Sattler, who was an All-NACC honoree a season ago is back as the team's setter, ranking fourth in assists with 591 and second in assists/set at 8.44.
Scouting the Spartans: Aurora University holds a 10-11 overall mark with a 3-1 conference record so far this season. The Spartans have won three straight matches, most recently defeating Rockford and Wisconsin Lutheran at home. They will be seeking revenge on Saturday from a loss to Marian back on Sept. 7, when the Sabres took all three sets in a shutout.
Freshman outside hitter Andrea Kappelman has compiled 214 kills this year, more than three per set for the Spartans. Lexi O'Boyle has handled the setting duties, dishing out 543 assists, while Katie Olsen has registered 284 digs.