NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – Double-digit kill totals for senior Courtney Chowning (Yorktown, Ind.) and the sophomore outside hitting duo of Farren Miller (Lebanon, Ind.) and Haley Duncan (Albion, Ind.) helped key Manchester University past a rugged Indiana University – Northwest squad to close a 4-0 run through its home invitational Saturday, Sept. 17.
While Chowning and Miller tallied 11 each and Duncan ended with 10, the story of the Black and Gold's success didn't stop there. The underclasswomen middle hitting duo of sophomore Hannah Tevis (Royal Center, Ind.) and freshman Riley Patterson (Kokomo, Ind.) gave the Redhawks' defense fits, each hitting .300 or better including Tevis' meteoric .538 effort and also gave IU-N pause on offense with three block assists each, aiding in a four-set decision.
Coach Bryndon Paulsen's side, increasing its current win streak to seven and moving to 7-4 overall, opened the tourney's second day by rolling past Great Lakes Christian in three sets. The Black and Gold produced a .533 attack percentage led by freshman outside hitter Emma DeWitt (Brookston, Ind.) who pounded 11 kills with no errors in 13 attempts for a precipitous .846 percentage. MU also turned in 17 service aces with junior outside hitter Ally Roskos (Elkhart, Ind.) and sophomore outside hitter Kaitlin Mindiola (Roachdale, Ind.) tallying four each.
The Black and Gold placed two of its team members on the all-tourney squad. Tevis was named the Most Valuable Player due to a weekend in which she hit at a .478 average and recorded four blocks. Sophomore setter Dakota Stanichuk (Athens, Mich.) earned a slot, too, as she registered 113 assists, an average of better than 11 per set, four service aces and 28 digs.
MU moves into Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play Wednesday, Sept. 21. Rose-Hulman comes to town for a 7 p.m. first serve as the Spartans continue a six-match home stand.