KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Manchester University volleyball team stormed back from a two-sets-to-none deficit to stun the host Kalamazoo College Hornets in five sets on Wednesday September 22.
The Hornets jumped out to a two-set advantage after taking the first two frames by 25-18 and 25-19 tallies.
Manchester did not wilt, roaring back in the third and fourth sets both by 25-15 counts.
The fifth and final set remained tight as neither side led by more than two points. After falling behind 13-12, the Black & Gold ended the match on a decisive 4-1 run. Back-to-back kills by Halle Planck (Gas City, Ind./Mississinewa) and Sara Shultz (Churubusco, Ind./East Noble) sealed the come-from-behind victory for Manchester.
The Spartans came away with 14 total blocks in Wednesday’s contest while limiting the Hornets to just a .016 hitting percentage. Kalamazoo hit -.103 and -.175 in the third and fourth sets.
Both Carley Camp (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) and Erika Kramer (Greensburg, Ind./North Decatur) led the block party with a pair of solo blocks. Camp added five block assists while Kramer assisted on four blocks. Sara Shultz and Halle Planck added four and three block assists, respectively.
Samantha Campbell (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) and Sara Shultz both finished Wednesday’s match with 11 kills. Carly Ripberger (Tipton, Ind./Tipton) posted a team-high 34 assists, while Helaina Walters (Marion, Ind./Eastbrook) led the Black & Gold with 25 digs.
Manchester improved to 6-7 on the season and is now 3-1 in five set matches. Kalamazoo fell to 3-7 on the year.
These two teams will meet again on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. in Angola, Ind. as a part of the Trine tri-match. Following their second consecutive matchup with the Hornets, Manchester will face the Trine Thunder to conclude play on Saturday at 3 p.m.