Spartans toppled during road tri-match

Spartans toppled during road tri-match

HUNTINGTON, IND. – Manchester University gave National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics members Huntington University and Aquinas College of Michigan stern tests during a tri-match at HU's Platt Arena Saturday, Oct. 8.

Dipping to 11-8 overall, the Black and Gold appeared on the verge of sending both contests into decisive fifth sets after winning 25-17 against the Foresters and 25-23 versus the Saints in respective third sets. Aquinas edged them 25-23 in the fourth, while HU needed extra points to hold off Coach Bryndon Paulsen's side 33-31 for the match victory.

Senior outside hitter Courtney Chowning (Yorktown, Ind.), who earlier in the week had become the fourth player in program history to reach 1,000-career kills, continued a stretch of four straight double-digit kill outings and three consecutive double-doubles in kills and digs with 17 and 18 against Huntington and 12 and 22 versus Aquinas. Other impressive individual skeins also continued in MU's neighboring county as freshman defensive specialist/libero Anna Marie Lawrie (Indianapolis, Ind.) upped her double-digit dig streak to 12 successive contests; sophomore setter Dakota Stanichuck (Athens, Mich.) registered 30-or-more assists for the third and fourth straight appearances; and sophomore middle hitter Emma Voelker (North Bend, Ohio) picked up where she left off on being tough on opposing defenses, tallying four-or-more total blocks for the second and third times in her last four matches as part of having at least one in four straight outings.

The Black and Gold begin a three-match home stand Wednesday, Oct. 12. Defiance College comes to Stauffer-Arena for Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action.

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