NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – Manchester University took advantage of a history lesson to gain a key Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference win Saturday, Sept. 24.
“(The team) got back to work (after a 3-0 loss to Rose-Hulman Sept. 21) and wanted to fix what we struggled with,” Coach Bryndon Paulsen said. “We did that today in many areas, especially battling well and playing very hard.
“As long as we can keep our mentality which is being loose and playing our way, we’re in great shape,” he added. “There’ll always be things to work on. Moving forward, we want to build (on today) and the energy we had.”
MU, moving to 8-5 overall and 1-1 in the HCAC, overcome a feisty Franklin College squad, winning 25-14, 25-27, 26-24, 27-25 in front of better than 100 happy fans at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena. After a first set in which the home side pieced together a staggering .452 attack percentage, Franklin rallied back late in the second set to even the match up. FC was on the verge of a commanding two to one sets’ lead, up 24-21 in the third before the Black and Gold reeled off five straight points for the pivotal 26-24 decision. The final set was back and forth throughout with a three-point run wrapping it and the match up for Manchester University.
The home team’s offense made things difficult for the visitors, as senior outside hitter Courtney Chowning (Yorktown, Ind.) (17), junior outside hitter Ally Roskos (Elkhart, Ind.) (12), sophomore outside hitter Farren Miller (Lebanon, Ind.) (10) and sophomore middle hitter Hannah Tevis (Royal Center, Ind.) (10) were each in kill double digits as part of 60 total. Chowning, Miller and Roskos each managed double-doubles in digs and kills, as Chowning dug up 23 Grizzly attacks, Roskos tallied 13, and Miller ended with 11. Other strong numbers came from freshman defensive specialist/libero Anna Marie Lawrie (Indianapolis, Ind.) (18 digs); freshman middle hitter Riley Patterson (Kokomo, Ind.) (four blocks); and sophomore setter Dakota Stanichuk (Athens, Mich.) (53 assists – four service aces).
Roskos’ afternoon was just part of a big bench story Saturday. Sophomore middle hitter Emma Voelker (North Bend, Ohio) and freshman outside hitter Emma DeWitt (Brookston, Ind.) added strong results as well.
“They were each very important to our success,” Paulsen noted. “Ally was on fire this afternoon making smart plays and just having a lot of energy. She made the most of an opportunity and ran with it. Emma (DeWitt) has been in a battle for playing time at the outside, but she’s showed us she can step up which happened (this afternoon). We’re excited about her … it was great to see what she was able to do. Emma (Voelker) proved important along the front defensively in important spots, too.”
The Spartans begin a six-match road trip Monday, Sept. 27, with a non-conference clash at Indiana University – Northwest. First serve is 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
At North Manchester, Ind.
Manchester University Courts
Franklin 6, Manchester 3
Manchester 4-2, 4-1 HCAC
Boxscore – http://www.muspartans.com/sports/wten/2016-17/files/FC16.xtg
Nip-and-tuck league dual eludes MU
NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – A back-and-forth Heartland Collegiate Athletic dual at Manchester University’s court Saturday, Sept. 24, came down to a pair of doubles’ decisions and four successive singles wins for visiting Franklin College.
Looking to resume their white-hot league beginning, Coach Eric Christiansen’s Spartans battled the Grizzlies tooth and nail in doubles play. The senior duo of Alaina Beckner (Columbia City, Ind.) and Adriana Brown (Columbia City, Ind.) upped their win streak to five, side-stepping FC’s Ashley Sedler and Jessica Baker 9-7, while the number one tandem of juniors Mariam Aly (Giza, Egypt) and Erin Cordill (Zionsville, Ind.) and the number two pairing of juniors Katy Ashpole (Leesburg, Ind.) and Katie Peden (North Manchester, Ind.) picked up four games each but couldn’t get over the hump in 8-4 and 8-5 defeats, respectively.
Cordill got the Spartans’ singles action off to a strong start, gaining her fifth consecutive win with a straight-set victory. Beckner bookended that with one of her own at No. 6, taking a straight-set effort for her fourth successive victory. However, the Grizzlies responded with team points in the second through fifth slots to ice the 6-3 dual decision.
The Spartans, dipping to 4-2 overall and 4-1 in the conference, resume their weekend Sunday, Sept. 25, facing Ohio Northern University in non-conference play at the University of St. Francis’ Swinney Courts in Fort Wayne, Ind. First serve is 3 p.m.
At Schuler Field
Mt. St. Joseph 38, Manchester 19
Manchester 0-3, 0-1 HCAC
Boxscore – http://www.muspartans.com/sports/fball/2016-17/boxscores/20160924_07wz.xml
Strong first half highlights HCAC opener
CINCINNATI, OHIO – Sophomore quarterback Tristan Chester (Charlestown, Ind.) threw for a personal single-game high 188 yards and a touchdown, as Manchester University kept things nearly even throughout the opening 30 minutes at Mt. St. Joseph University’s Schuler Field Saturday, Sept. 24.
Chester hit senior wide receiver Matt Wirick (Granger, Ind.) on a 38-yard scoring strike in the closing minute of the first period for a 7-7 tie. Coach Nate Jensen’s crew answered an early second stanza score by the Lions late in the first half, as senior linebacker Nathan Birk (Indianapolis, Ind.) stepped in front of an aerial attempt at MSJ’s 26 and set up a 24-yard scoring drive. Chester closed it with a one-yard plunge, bringing the count to 14-13. A two-point pass attempt that would have given the Black and Gold a halftime edge missed keeping the tally the same at the break.
The second 30 minutes belonged to the home team. MSJ, moving to 1-3 overall and 1-0 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, scored on four of its six possessions, while their defense limited the Spartans to 123 total yards in route to a 38-19 victory. MU, dropping to 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the league, did take advantage of a Lions’ fumble in the fourth quarter, as freshman quarterback Alex Downard (Indianapolis, Ind.) made a solid debut, going three-for-three for 61 yards and a touchdown on the drive. He hit sophomore running back Tyler Pruitt (Springfield, Ohio) on an eight-yard scoring play to wrap up the scoring.
Defensively, junior linebacker Jack Kay (Williamsport, Ind.) guided a unit that turned over Mt. St. Joseph three times. He tallied nine tackles, while senior linebacker Jordan Kleber (Seymour, Ind.) and junior defensive back Mitch Oskam (St. John, Ind.) ended with five each.
The Spartans return to Carl W. Burt Memorial Field Saturday, Oct. 1, for their annual Samaritan’s Feet recognition game. Franklin College makes the northern trip for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff.