Women’s volleyball falls against Huntington, Marian

Women’s volleyball falls against Huntington, Marian

The Maple Leaf women’s volleyball team fell in both their matches this weekend as they lost to Huntington University on Friday 2-3, and 0-3 to Marian University on Saturday.

On Friday, neither the Foresters or Maple Leafs took control early as the two teams traded points all the way to 17-all. A kill by first-year Riley Woods however, broke the tie for good.

The Foresters of Huntington would bring the game within one at 20-19 but Goshen controlled the game at the net. Senior Sydney Cruz and sophomore Elizabeth Breckbill each tallied a kill and a block to capture the first game of the weekend, 25-20.

The second set began much like the first with both teams battling to gain an early edge. A kill by Woods brought the game to a tie at 9-9, but from there on miscues from Goshen led to a 9-2 Forester run.

At 12-18, the lead margin was too much to overcome for the Maple Leafs as they would drop the second set, 15-25.

In an important game three, both teams looked to play their best volleyball of the night.

A kill by sophomore Taylor Eash put the Leafs up 7-4, which would be the largest lead for either team in the entire third set. The Foresters would respond as they tied the game back up at 9-9 and would eventually take their largest lead of the game at 14-16.

12 ties and six lead changes brought out the best in both teams as they combined for only eight errors, the lowest total of all five sets.

At 18-20, Goshen put together a run of their own as they earned three straight points off of consecutive kills by Woods and Breckbill, to take a lead at 21-20.

The teams would then trade points until 22 all as the Foresters put together a decisive run in order to capture the third set 23-25.

In a must-win fourth set, the Leafs started off slow as they were not able to reach Huntington until a kill from Cruz tied the game up at 11 a piece. The Foresters, however, didn’t flinch, as they strung together three straight points to extend their lead to a comfortable distance.

A resilient Maple Leaf team would not go away as they battled back to tie the game up at 19 and then capture their first lead of the set at 20-19 off a kill from Eash. Back-to-back aces from senior Meghan Manley stretched their lead for good as the Leafs forced a fifth set by a score of 25-20.

In the decisive fifth set, Goshen got out to a strong start as they scored the first three points of the game. The response from the Foresters would tie the game up at six a piece which would remain a trend for the rest of the game as the two teams went back-and-forth, tying the game up six more times.

At 13 all, the Foresters would take the final two points and take the hard-fought match by a score of 13-15.

Eash and Breckbill paced the Maple Leaf attack with 11 and 10 kills respectively. First-year Naomi Willis led the team with 29 assists and three aces.

The following day, the Leafs would travel to Marian University to take on the 20-4 Knights.

The Knights started the day off strong as they went on a 10-4 run to take an early first set lead. Goshen strung together a few kills from Cruz and senior Hallie Vanitvelt, but the balanced attack from Marian was too much to overcome as they took the first set, 11-25.

The second was much of the same as the Knights were able to get out to the same 4-10 lead, and wouldn’t look back. Six straight points stretched the lead to 6-17.

Back-to-back aces from senior MacKinnon Tracy headlined a late run by the Maple Leafs, but the Knights proved too strong once again as they took a two-set lead by a score of 15-25.

In the third and final set, Marian took control early once again and rolled to a 14-25 victory and sweep at home.

Vanitvelt and Breckbill lead the Goshen attack with six kills each. Sophomore Jennifer Ritchie led the defense with eight digs; Tracy added six and two aces.

After a full weekend of travel, the Maple Leafs drop to 8-16 on the season and 2-10 in the conference.

Goshen will play their fourth straight road game on Wednesday, Oct. 10 as they travel to Fort Wayne to take on Indiana Wesleyan at 7 p.m.

Nick Yutzy
Nick Yutzy
Written by Nick Yutzy

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