IUSB Volleyball Falls in Season Opener to St. Ambrose in Four
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Indiana University South Bend volleyball team dropped its season opener to Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe, St. Ambrose, on Wednesday, Feb. 24, by a score of 3-1 inside the Student Activities Center. The result hands the Titans its second straight season-opening loss.
Despite not playing in a competitive match since the 2019 NAIA National Tournament Opening Round on November 23, 2019, the Titans came out strong, winning the first set by a score of 25-22. However, the Fighting Bees evened things up at one apiece as IUSB dropped the second set, 25-20.
St. Ambrose took the lead and held the 2-1 edge after the third set victory at 25-20. In the fourth frame, the Titans found themselves trailing 19-10 before rattling off 12 points and holding the Bees to just five. However with the 13 games under SAU’s belt prior to Wednesday’s match, the Fighting Bees bounced back to seal the victory with a 25-23 fourth set.
Reigning CCAC Co-Player of the Year Hannah Marchand led the Titan offense on Wednesday as the senior was the lone IUSB player to notch double digit in kills with 13. Senior counterparts Julie Brown and Alexis Issette followed behind with nine and eight kills, respectively.
Along the way, Brown also added team-high five blocks and a trio of digs. In her first game wearing the Crimson and Cream, junior transfer Amber Jacobs led IU South Bend with 25 digs. Junior McKenzie Powell did what she does best, collecting 39 assists on the night.
St. Ambrose held the edge in nearly every facet of the match, with the exception of IUSB taking the minimal 98-96 dig advantage. SAU notched 66 kills to IUSB’s 46, 10 to eight in blocks and assists 64 to 42.
The Titans look to bounce Friday night, Feb. 26, when IU South Bend travels to Elgin, Ill. to face Judson in another Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference match. First serve is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.