SOUTH BEND, Ind. – A balanced attack led IU South Bend to their fifth consecutive victory on Thursday night, as the Titans swept St. Ambrose in a rematch of last season’s CCAC Tournament quarterfinal, 25-18, 25-17, 25-19.
Reigning CCAC Attacker of the Week, Hannah Marchand led the way with a game-high 11 kills on the night, to go along with five digs and three blocks. Setter McKenzie Powell picked up a double-double, with 24 assists and 10 digs, while Amber Jacobs led the defense with 11 digs to go along with seven kills.
The Titans improve to a perfect 3-0 record in CCAC play, and 5-1 overall, but St. Ambrose (5-5, 1-2 CCAC) put IUSB back on their heels to start the match. The Bees quickly built an 11-3 lead, and were ahead 13-8 in the first set before the Titans mounted a comeback. Fueled by a total of six St. Ambrose errors, IU South Been reeled off ten straight points to take an 18-13 lead. The Titans would close out the set on a 7-2 run to take the opener.
IUSB led the second game wire-to-wire, starting with a 4-0 run that included a kill from Marchand. Later in the set, the Bees would pull to within two at 16-14, but Julie Brown and Jacobs each put down two kills as the Titans closed the set on a 7-1 run to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
St. Ambrose had their best chance to take a set in the third, when the visitors led IUSB 16-8 midway through the game. A kill from Abby Seeger started a 5-1 run that forced St. Ambrose to use a timeout and cut the deficit to 17-13. A point for the Bees out of the timeout was followed by seven straight for IUSB, giving the Titans the 20-18 advantage. SAU would score their last point of the night, before the Titans finished out the match with the final five points, with a solo block from Felisha Campanello securing the win.
With the team’s fifth-straight win, the Titans are currently tied for the fifth-longest win streak in program history, and are three more victories shy of matching the program record of eight, coming twice during the 2019 season.
The Titans will hit the road this weekend, as they compete in the Cornerstone/Aquinas Invitational in Grand Rapids, Mich., beginning on Friday, September 10.