Balanced attack sends Spartans past Ravens

Balanced attack sends Spartans past Ravens

ANDERSON, IND. – An early attack on an October evening at Anderson University's O.C. Lewis Gymnasium will go down in Manchester University's annals.

When senior outside hitter Courtney Chowning (Yorktown, Ind.) took a set from sophomore Dakota Stanichuk (Athens, Ind.) and drilled it to the floor on the Ravens' side of the court Wednesday, Oct. 5, she became the program's fourth-member of the 1,000 career kills club. More importantly, it was one of a team-high 18 kills as part of a thrilling 21-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-15, 15-13 victory over MU's league rivals.

Her efforts didn't end there, either. She recorded her eighth kills-digs double-double with 25 defensive saves and also served up two aces. Chowning's totals were just part of the story, as Coach Bryndon Paulsen's crew was again balanced offensively. Sophomore right side hitter Haley Duncan (Albion, Ind.) tallied 15 kills as part of a .216 attack percentage to go along with four block assists; sophomore middle hitter Hannah Tevis (Royal Center, Ind.) finished with 13 kills, a .357 attack percentage and three block assists; sophomore outside hitter Farren Miller (Lebanon, Ind.) tallied 11 kills, 13 digs, and a pair of service aces; and Stanichuk wound up with 60 assists and two service aces.

The Black and Gold's first victory at AU since 2008 took every bit of the statistical accomplishments mentioned above. After being limited to hitting .125 or less in the first three sets with the hosts taking a 2-1 advantage, Manchester University responded with back-to-back meteoric .300-or-above attack percentages in the final two sets to propel themselves to the victory.

MU (11-6 overall, 3-2 HCAC) steps out of conference competition Saturday, Oct. 8. They travel to Huntington University for matches against the Foresters and Aquinas College of Michigan at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.