Bluffton topples Black and Gold in HCAC opener
BLUFFTON, OHIO – Manchester University had four players finish with five-or-more kills, but Bluffton University used a strong offensive and defensive attack of its own to side-step the Spartans Wednesday, Sept. 26.
Junior outside hitter Kelsie Fieler (Cincinnati, Ohio) topped the Black and Gold's offensive attack with nine kills, while sophomore middle hitter Chelsea Hoffmann (Silver Lake, Ind.) came off the bench tally eight kills and a sparkling .333 attack percentage. Freshman outside hitter Sarah Pruden (Noblesville, Ind.) also finished the three-set contest with eight kills.
Bluffton (9-9, 1-1 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference) turned in 35 kills and a strong .261 attack percentage. The Beavers' 25-14, 25-20, 25-19 win was also aided by nine team blocks. Manchester (9-8, 0-1 HCAC) did lead 20-18 in set two before Bluffton managed a seven-point comeback for the win and was also close in set one (trailed only 13-11 midway through) and set three (tied 6-6) before rallies from the home side.
Coach Kendra Marlowe's team resumes HCAC play Saturday, Sept. 29, when it travels to Hanover College. The Spartans face the Panthers at 1 p.m. and Asbury College of Kentucky at 3 p.m. at Collier Arena on Hanover's campus.