CHICAGO, ILL. – A meteoric .285 team hitting percentage lifted Manchester University to a pair of non-conference wins Saturday, Oct. 22.
The Spartans, improving to 14-11, topped Great Lakes Christian College and the host Illinois Tech Redhawks during a tri-match at IIT's Keating Sports Complex. Sophomore outside hitter Farren Miller (Lebanon, Ind.) led the offense with 19 kills and only three errors in 41 attempts. She was joined by freshman outside hitter Emma DeWitt (Brookston, Ind.) (six kills – .500 hitting percentage) and freshman middle hitter Riley Patterson (Kokomo, Ind.) (eight kills - .353 attack percentage) as Spartans who hit .300 or higher. Miller turned in a kills-digs double-double with 17 denials of opponent attack attempts; sophomore middle hitter Hannah Tevis (Royal Center, Ind.) proved tough on the opposition defensively, too, with four blocks, three of which were solo; and sophomore libero/defensive specialist Morgan Oliver (Alexandria, Ind.) who served up five aces.
Manchester University moves into the final week of the 2016 regular season Wednesday, Oct. 26. The Black and Gold hosts Wright St.-Lake at 7 p.m. for Senior Night 2016.
NOTES: Senior outside hitter Courtney Chowning (Yorktown, Ind.), who had a strong effort with 11 kills, two service aces, six digs and a pair of blocks, kept climbing up the program's career kills ladder. She became just the third Black and Gold athlete to reach 1100.