Spartans Volleyball Splits Tri Match

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Manchester Spartan volleyball team hosted Rose-Hulman and Eureka College in tri-match action in Stauffer-Wolfe Arena on Saturday October 5.

The Spartans split their two matches on the day. MU dropped its first match to Rose-Hulman in three sets but rebounded to defeat Eureka College in straight sets to conclude the day.

Rose-Hulman 3, Manchester 0 (25-23, 25-15, 25-20)

The visiting Fightin’ Engineers picked up a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory against the Spartans in the first match of the day in Stauffer-Wolfe Arena.

The Spartans were led by Kara Heckmuller’s (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) 12 kills. Halle Planck (Gas City, Ind./Mississinewa) added 10 kills against RHIT. Planck also had three solo blocks.

Alexandria Collins (Lowell, Ind./Lowell) had a match-high 16 assists. Senior libero Anna Marie Lawrie (Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli) finished with 13 digs and four aces.

Katie Orbeta led Rose-Hulman with 11 kills and 15 assists.

Manchester 3, Eurkea College 0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-11)

Manchester wore down the Eureka College Red Devils, who took Rose-Hulman to five sets in their previous match, in the final match of the day on Saturday.

The Spartans hit .222 as a team, compared to a -.074 hitting percentage for the visiting Red Devils. Halle Planck, Kara Heckmuller, and Rachel Ressler (Tipton, Ind./Tipton) each had eight kills against EC. Heckmuller added 10 digs and three aces. Kaprecia Larks (Hammond, Ind./Donald E. Gavitt) finished with four kills and a block assist.

Lauren Gandhi (Westfield, Ind./Guerin Catholic) tallied a match-high 21 assists and finished with three aces. Alexandria Collins chipped in 15 assists.

Anna Marie Lawrie led MU with 16 digs against Eureka and also had three service aces.

Manchester moved to 7-10, 0-2 HCAC on the season. The Spartans will be back in action on Wednesday October 9 at 7 p.m. against Defiance College in Stauffer-Wolfe Arena.

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