Manchester University looks to keep itself in the 2017 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference postseason tournament discussion with a critical trip to Mt. St. Joseph University Saturday, Oct. 21.
Match details: First serve is 1 p.m. at MSJ's Harrington Center … Live statistics are accessible via a link at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics … Coach Bryndon Paulsen's team (11-9 overall, 2-5 HCAC) had a three-match win streak snapped in a 3-0 loss at Defiance College Oct. 18 … Nip-and-tuck finishes are commonplace in recent series history with four of the last five meetings going four-or-more sets. The Spartans have claimed the previous two, with MSJ holding a slim 3-2 overall edge in the span.
Spartan Shorts: The chase is on for HCAC postseason tournament berths. The Spartans trail Earlham College and their weekend opponent by just a half-match for sixth which harbors the final tournament bid. EC would need to drop two more contests to aid in MU's road, as they toppled the Black and Gold in five earlier this season … Senior and sophomore outside hitters Ally Roskos (Elkhart, Ind.) and Emma DeWitt (Brookston, Ind.) each tallied seven kills against Defiance Wednesday. Despite those numbers and three players with double-digit digs (sophomore defensive specialist/libero Anna Marie Lawrie, Indianapolis, Ind. – 17/junior setter Dakota Stanichuk, Athens, Mich. – 10/DeWitt – 10), it wasn't enough to overcome a red-hot Yellow Jackets' offense on their home floor. DC registered a stratospheric .318 attack percentage in route to a 25-21, 25-22, 25-19 sweep … Freshman setter Lauren Gandhi (Westfield, Ind.) continues her stay in the conference statistical top five. With two service aces included mid-week, she's averaging .51 per set, good for second-best … Manchester University wraps up its regular season schedule Wednesday, Oct. 25, hosting Bluffton University at 7 p.m. as part of Senior Night 2017 festivities, and Saturday, Oct. 28, when they travel to St. Mary's College of Indiana for a 1 p.m. start.