RICHMOND, IND. – Manchester University used a wide array of offensive weapons to power their way past Earlham College and Boyce the College at Southern during tri-match action Saturday, Oct. 29.
The Spartans (17-11 overall, 5-4 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference) roared past the host Quakers 25-15, 25-13, 25-10 to lock up a tie for fourth on the loop standings and nail down the fifth seed in the 2016 conference postseason tournament. They came back immediately after and smothered Boyce 25-21, 25-5, 25-11.
An underclasswoman trio of sophomore right side hitter Haley Duncan (Albion, Ind.), sophomore middle hitter Emma Voelker (North Bend, Ohio) and sophomore middle hitter Hannah Tevis (RoyalCenter, Ind.) each tallied .300-or-higher attack percentages against Earlham. Duncan turned in seven kills, six block assists, and a .333 attack percentage; Tevis hammered six kills, dug up three EC attacks and was on the defensive front for four block assists; and Voelker tallied six kills, one solo block and five block assists.
In the Spartans' nightcap inside Druley Performance Gymnasium on Earlham's campus, senior outside hitter Courtney Chowning (Yorktown, Ind.) and freshman middle hitter Riley Patterson (Kokomo, Ind.) each fired eight kills at the Boyce defense. Chowning also chipped in four ace serves, and sophomore outside hitter Farren Miller (Lebanon, Ind.) dug up 12 Bulldog attack attempts.
Manchester University, winners of five straight, go into their second successive HCAC postseason tournament appearance Wednesday, Nov. 2. They take on the fourth-seeded Defiance College of Ohio Yellow Jackets with a 7:30 p.m. first serve at the Karl H. Weaner Center on DC's campus.