Warriors Hang On For Five-Set Win Over Sabercats

Warriors Hang On For Five-Set Win Over Sabercats

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) - The Wisconsin Lutheran College women's volleyball team jumped out to a 2-0 lead only to see visiting Maranatha Baptist come back to tie the contest at 2-2. The Warriors salvaged the final set from the Sabercats for a 3-2 non-conference win Tuesday night inside the Recreation Complex. It was WLC's first five-set win of the season.

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 3, Maranatha Baptist 2 (26-24, 25-13, 23-25, 21-25, 15-9)
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (8-8), Maranatha Baptist (10-3)
  • Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis.

  • The Warriors jumped out to an early 4-1 lead in the first set, only to see the Sabercats come back to take a 10-6 lead. WLC rattled off five straight for a one-point lead and 12 ties ensued in a back-and-forth battle. Wisconsin Lutheran faced set point at 24-23, but closed with three consecutive points for the 26-24 triumph.
  • WLC raced out to a 9-1 lead in the second set and held control for the rest of the set. MBU closed within six points at 14-8. The Green and White used a 5-0 run to extend their lead 21-10 en route to a 25-13 win.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran started strong again in the third set with an 8-3 lead. The Warriors never trailed and led 22-21 before Maranatha ended the set by scoring four of five for a 25-23 win.
  • The Warriors trailed early in the third set and took their first lead at 13-12. WLC led 17-16 before MBU scored four straight points and never looked back on the way to a 25-21 lead.
  • The hosts trailed again 5-4 in the fifth decisive set, but scored five of the next six points for a three-point lead. WLC proceeded to pull away for a 15-9 fifth set and match win.

  • Sophomores Mercedes Pye (Zion, Ill.) and Michelle Haling (Antioch, Ill.) paced the Warriors with a pair of double-doubles. Pye posted 13 kills and 14 digs, while Haling contributed 17 assists and 12 digs.
  • Junior Grace Tomhave (Lake Mills, Wis.) tallied 12 kills and six block assists with sophomore Abby Raasch (Stillwater, Minn.) totaling nine kills and seven block assists.
  • Sophomore Cassidy Johnson (Germantown, Wis.) dished out a season-high 30 assists.
  • Freshman Ally Goba (Mukwonago, Wis.) was one of four players to record double-digit digs with a team-high 22.
  • The Warriors, who hit .162 on the night, won their third straight over Maranatha in the all-time series.

  • Claire Hansel led all players with 15 kills for the Sabercats. She also added 11 digs for a double-double. Kelsey Johnson totaled 18 assists and 11 digs for another double-double. MBU was held to .092 hitting for the match.

  • The Warriors return to conference play on Saturday with a cross-town NACC road match at Alverno (1-15, 0-3 NACC). First serve is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. inside Reiman Gymnasium. Live video will be available at WLCSports.com.