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Bethel Volleyball upends defending national champion and top-ranked Marian 3-1

by | Oct 3, 2020 | Featured, Volleyball | 0 comments

INDIANAPOLIS – Bethel Volleyball continued their winning ways on Saturday, controlling the match and upending No. 1 Marian in four sets. The Pilots notched their eighth straight win to stay atop the standings of the Crossroads League—and their first-ever against a No.1-ranked team in the nation and defending national champions.

MATCH VITALS

Score: Bethel def. Marian 25-23, 15-25, 25-23, 25-21
Records: Bethel (8-1, 8-1) | Marian (6-2, 6-2)
NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll: Bethel – NR | Marian – No. 1
Location: Physical Education Center | Marian University | Indianapolis, Ind.

STAT TRACKER

Isabelle North: 15 kills, 10 blocks, .375 hitting percentage
Maddy Payne: 14 kills, 6 blocks, .370 hitting percentage
Payton Hart: 10 kills, 12 digs, 3 blocks
Abby Armold: 10 kills, 5 blocks, .360 hitting percentage
Madyson Beaver: 25 assists, 12 digs, 5 blocks

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

After the Knights tied the match at 1 game apiece, they jumped out to a 17-11 lead in the third set before the Pilots won 14 of the next 20 rallies to seize control of the match at 2-1.
Isabelle North recorded double-digit blocks for the third match this season. She now leads the NAIA in total blocks with 59.
The Pilots’ 58 kills in the match is a season-high. Four Pilots recorded double-digit kills.
Caroline Mullet recorded at least 20 assists for the third match this season.

NEXT TIME OUT

The Pilots return to the Wiekamp Athletic Center with a chance to avenge their only loss of the season on Wednesday, when they welcome in No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan at 7:00 pm.

THOUGHTS FROM COACH WEISS

“I think the sky is the limit for this team that works hard, has fun, and never gives up. It’s a blast watching them compete! We have done well learning our opponent and making adjustments mid game. I thank God for the unity and culture that this team has and everything we accomplish is for Him!”