NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. - Despite a career milestone reached by junior libero Anna Marie Lawrie (Indianapolis, Ind.), Manchester couldn't hang on in a 3-0 set loss to Defiance on Wednesday, October 17.
Lawrie needed 10 digs to reach 1,000 for her career on Wednesday night against the Yellow Jackets. She did just that, but more. The libero hauled in a monsterous 26 digs in the loss to Defiance. Despite Lawrie's career night, the Spartans fought hard in all three sets, losing by only two points in each one. The Spartans went on a 4-2 run in the first set, guided by an ace from senior Dakota Stanichuk (Troy, Mich.) and kills from classmates Hayley Duncan (Albion, Ind.), and Hannah Tevis (Royal Center, Ind.). Defiance finally answered with a kill from Delaney Monnin to stop the Spartan momentum. Although the rest of the set continued to go back and forth, Defiance took set one, 27-25. Set two was almost as simlar as set one, with the Spartans leading 17-13 midway through. The Yellow Jackets never had the lead the entire set, until they were able to notch the score, 24-24. Defiance went on to win the second set, 26-24 with two consectutive kills. Defiance led set three, until Manchester's Duncan tallied a kill forcing an 8-7 lead. Both teams continued to trade points, not allowing Manchester to lead again until the end of the set. Kills by Samantha Campbell (Brownsburg, Ind.), Kara Heckmuller (Cincinnati, Ohio), and a error from Defiance put the Spartans up 23-21. The Spartans looked promising for set three, but Defiance slipped in to take the third set, 27-25, therefore ending the match with DC winning 3-0.
Offensively, Stanichuk lead the Spartans with 38 assists, and two Spartans racked up ten or more kills for the night (Tevis, 14; Duncan, 11). Defensively, Duncan followed Lawrie with seven digs, and one block.
The Spartans are back in action on Saturday, October 20. They will host a dual match against Mt. St. Joesph at 1:00PM, and Trine at 5:00PM. Senior Day introductions will begin at 5:00PM before their match against the Thunder.