Manchester Volleyball Rallies for Five-Set Victory at St. Mary’s

Manchester Volleyball Rallies for Five-Set Victory at St. Mary’s

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Manchester University rallied against host St. Mary's (Ind.) College for a thrilling five-set victory on Wednesday September 11.

The Spartans dropped the first set on Wednesday night by a 25-19 final score but battled for a hard-fought, thrilling 31-29 triumph in the second set.  St. Mary's narrowly took the third set 25-19, however the Spartans mustered a yet another comeback and claimed both the fourth and fifth sets by scores of 25-22 and 15-9.

Four Spartans reached doubled figures in kills against the Belles on Wednesday night.  Helaina Walters (Marion, Ind./Eastbrook) tallied 16 kills to lead Manchester.  Halle Planck (Gas City, Ind./Mississinewa) added 15 kills on the evening while Kara Heckmuller (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) finished with 14 kills. Samantha Campbell (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) was the fourth and final Spartan to reach double figure in kills, ending Wednesday's contest with 12.  Campbell also had six block assists.

Lauren Gandhi (Westfield, Ind./Guerin Catholic) posted totals of 37 assists and 11 digs against the Belles.  Alexandria Collins (Lowell, Ind./Lowell) added 20 assists.  Rachel Ressler (Tipton, Ind./Tipton) led the Spartans with 23 digs.  Anna Marie Lawrie (Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli) finished with 21 digs on Wednesday.

With the victory, Manchester won consecutive matches for the first time on the young season and improved to 3-4.  St. Mary's (Ind.) dropped to .500 this fall.  The Belles now sit at 4-4.

MU will be back in action on Wednesday September 18 in a road rematch against Kalamazoo.  Game time is set for 7 p.m.