MU welcomes IU-Northwest, Special Olympians Tuesday

MU welcomes IU-Northwest, Special Olympians Tuesday

Manchester's University's home non-conference match against National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' member Indiana University – Northwest Tuesday, Sept. 17, will also be part of a Wabash County Special Olympics' recognition at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena.

Prior to the 7 p.m. first serve against the RedHawks, Wabash County Special Olympians, in attendance, will be introduced along with the Spartans and share in the handshake between the two teams and MU's pre-match cheer.

Match notes: The Black and Gold wrap up a season-high four-match home stand Tuesday. Entering with a 1-9 record, they are led on offense by sophomore outside hitter Sarah Pruden (Noblesville, Ind.). She has 117 kills and a .197 attack percentage through 10 matches. Freshman outside hitter Courtney Chowning (Yorktown, Ind.) is second in kills (64) …  MU's net defensive effort is led by sophomore middle hitter Devin Clark's (Madison, Ind.) 26 blocks with sophomore setter Mikayla Munn (Elkhart, Ind.) and junior middle/right side hitter Mallory Kirkwood (Greenfield, Ind.) having 21 each in second. Chowning has also played a key role in the back on defense with a team-leading 97 digs. Senior defensive specialist and team co-captain Makenna Hamilton (Medaryville, Ind.) (93) and Pruden (92) are also in the 90s … Other top Spartan stats belong to sophomore middle hitter Morgan Pavelka (Noblesville, Ind.) (14 service aces) and Munn (178 assists) … Clark's .92 blocks per set are fourth best, while Pruden's 3.42 kills per set rank third highest on the current Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference statistics report.

Road trip ahead: A non-conference meeting with HCAC rival Earlham Friday, Sept. 20, begins a stretch of five in a row away from North Manchester.