NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – A resilient Manchester University squad, inches from a three-game sweep of visiting Olivet College Wednesday, Sept. 12, picked itself up and dusted itself off after the Comets answered with game three and four victories.
Interim head coach Ivan Matos' side, improving to 1-5, gave their skipper his first collegiate coaching win, claiming the fifth set in front of better than 100 appreciative fans at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena.
"Since (assistant coach Mike Morici and I) have been working with (the team), we've seen so much potential," Matos mentioned. "We've been asking them to buy into our system which is about being super aggressive. Tonight, they bought in … even when we stumbled a little in games three and four, we still battled back in the fifth. Coach Morici said he saw our players smiling going into game five and knew they were still confident."
Senior right side hitter Haley Duncan (Albion, Ind.) and senior middle hitter Hannah Tevis (Royal Center, Ind.) proved to be the catalysts. Duncan had a monstrous evening on the home floor, ripping 20 kills at the Comet defense behind a stratospheric .390 attack percentage while also adding three blocks, one of which was solo. Tevis contributed 11 kills and two solo blocks.
"It feels great to get win number one especially at home," Matos said. "Hopefully, we can keep this going."
Manchester University welcomes Indiana University – Northwest; St. Mary's College of Notre Dame, Ind.; Wilmington College of Ohio; and Governors State College of Illinois to its invitational Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14 and 15. Matches begin at 4 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday.