NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – Searching for a strong finish to its 2018 home invitational Saturday, Sept. 15, Manchester University got just what the doctor ordered.
Playing in front of a good crowd of Black and Gold fans at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena, interim head coach Ivan Matos’ side looked to rebound from a tough five-set loss to Indiana University-Northwest and four-set defeat at the hands of Governors State College of Illinois that occurred Sept. 14. They did just that topping Wilmington College of Ohio in four and then turning the tables on in-state rival St. Mary’s three-set sweep at Notre Dame, Ind., earlier this year with a five-set thriller.
The tournament-closing 20-25, 26-28, 26-25, 25-19, 15-11 victory against the Belles could easily have been deemed the match of the weekend. Senior right side hitter Haley Duncan (Albion, Ind.), in route to all-tournament honors, picked up a third 20-plus-kills outing with 24, while the middle hitter combination of senior Hannah Tevis (Royal Center, Ind.) and freshman Samantha Campbell (Brownsburg, Ind.) was just as tough on the SMC defense. Tevis was nearly perfect on offense with 16 kills and just one error in 37 attempts for a robust .405 attack percentage, and Campbell finished with 14 successful attacks of her own. MU’s defense was also heavily involved, as junior defensive specialist/libero Anna Marie Lawrie (Indianapolis, Ind.) compiled her sixth straight double-digit dig mark (37) to be one of four Spartans with 10-or-more, as senior setter Dakota Stanichuk (Athens, Mich.) (18); senior outside hitter Kaitlin Mindiola (Coatsville, Ind.) (18); and sophomore setter Lauren Gandhi (Westfield, Ind.) (10) were included.
Duncan and Tevis guided the win over the Quakers combining for 30 kills. Campbell wasn’t far off kill double figures (nine) to go with eight digs. Lawrie, starting off an impressive 62-dig afternoon, tallied 25 in the Spartans’ first match of the day.
Manchester University, riding the momentum of a 3-2 week, breaks from competition until Saturday, Sept. 22. They begin the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference portion of their schedule, as Franklin College visits SWA for a tri-match along with Ohio Athletic Conference foe Baldwin-Wallace.