North Park tourney next for Spartans

North Park tourney next for Spartans

Manchester University's early-season weekend tournament theme resumes Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6 and 7, at the North Park University of Chicago, Ill., Viking Classic.

Tournament specifics: The Spartans take on Denison University of Ohio and the host Vikings at 5 and 7 p.m. Friday and Aurora University of Illinois and St. Mary's University of Minnesota at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday. All matches are set for North Park Gymnasium in Carlson Tower on NPU's campus.

Spartan Shorts: MU brings a 1-2 record to North Park. They forged the mark with a win over North Park and losses to Kalamazoo College and North Central College of Illinois at the Green Hornet Invitational Aug. 30 and 31. … Sophomore outside hitter Sarah Pruden (Noblesville, Ind.) picked up right where she left off last season with 27 kills during the two-day tourney. Fellow sophomore middle hitter Morgan Pavelka, also a Noblesville native, was second in kills (17) and topped the team with 10 service aces and eight blocks.  Senior outside hitter/defensive specialist Makenna Hamilton (Medaryville, Ind.) was placed on the all-tournament team due to 12 kills, four assists, two service aces and 24 digs. "She was also phenomenal in serve receive play," Coach Kendra Marlowe noted.

2013 Home Schedule Begins: Manchester University hosts its annual Pizza Hut Invitational Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14.