MU begins four in a row at home

The home portion of a home and away week sees Earlham College visit Stauffer-Wolfe Arena Saturday, Sept. 30.

Match details: First serve is 1 p.m. … Live stats can be accessed at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics … The Spartans (8-5 overall, 1-1 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference) are looking to rebound from a three-set loss to co-league leader Rose-Hulman Sept. 27. The Quakers, before their conference opener, take an 11-4 record into the busy stretch that begins Thursday, Sept., 28, and Friday, Sept. 29, as they host Cincinnati Christian and travel to St. Mary’s College of Indiana before arriving in North Manchester.

Spartan Shorts: Sophomore middle hitter Riley Patterson (Walkerton, Ind.) and freshman setter Lauren Gandhi (Westfield, Ind.) spotlights the Black and Gold rankings on the HCAC statistical charts. Patterson, in the midst of a remarkable run of 11 straight contests in which she attacked at a .300 or higher clip, stands second in attack percentage (.347), trailing only Hanover College’s Emily Diehr (.367). Gandhi is fifth in service aces per set (.49). Looking further, senior outside hitter Ally Roskos (Elkhart, Ind.) is just one spot behind Gandhi in service aces (.45); sophomore defensive specialist Anna Marie Lawrie (Indianapolis, Ind.)is eighth in digs per set (3.74); and Gandhi is also in the top 10 in assists per set (5.11 – No. 10) … Patterson and junior right side hitter Haley Duncan (Albion, Ind.) led the attack against the Fightin’ Engineers in Terre Haute, each ending with eight kills. Duncan and sophomore outside hitter Emma DeWitt (Brookston, Ind.) moved into the 100-kill club for the season due to their efforts, as DeWitt tallied seven … Including winning the last three in straight sets, the Spartans are 11-0 all-time versus Earlham … MU’s current home set continues Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7 and 8, against Hanover College and Transylvania University. Match times are 1 p.m. versus the Panthers and 2 p.m. against the Pioneers.

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