MARION, Ind. – The #3 Indiana Wesleyan Volleyball came out on top in a five-set thriller to claim the 2019 Crossroads League Tournament Championship over #12 Marian University on Saturday evening at Luckey Arena.

After taking an early two-set lead, the Wildcats surrendered the next two to the Knights. In the fifth set, Marian took a 9-5 lead before Indiana Wesleyan mounted a comeback to win 15-12.

With the victory, IWU will have a #1 seed in the National Tournament for the first time in program history. The Wildcats take a 34-1 record into the National Tournament and the Kinghts enter with a 31-2 record.

 

INSIDE THE BOX

  • Ana Collarled the Wildcats with 19 kills while tallying a .405 hitting percentage.
  • Indiana Wesleyan also recorded 10 blocks in the contest with Rachel Klitzingleading the team with five.
  • Havyn Gatesdug a team-high 36 balls with Collar adding 29 digs.
  • Klitzing also tallied 16 kills with Kelly Millerhaving 14 and Allison Sparrow adding 10.
  • Alex Falconeset a new career-high with 64 assists in the game.

 

CROSSROADS LEAGUE HISTORY

  • Indiana Wesleyan has won three of the last five Crossroads League Volleyball Tournaments in years 2019, 2017 and 2016.
  • Since 2012 IWU has won six Crossroads League Volleyball Tournament Championships.

 

MOATS QUOTE

  • We talked about playing for the applause of God, and the girls were just playing for him.
  • In the last timeout, we talked about playing for Him and not worrying about what the scoreboard said. We were playing like we had the lead.
  • We tried to conceal number seven to block their plan of attack.
  • The win keeps us in a really good seeding, which will give us the first #1 seeding in program history. It puts us in a good position to make the single-elimination tournament which was our goal from the beginning of the year.

 

FALCONE AND K. MILLER PERSPECTIVE

  • Everyone loves each other very well. This year has been different and we have stayed together no matter what.
  • Havyn grabbed me at one point and told me ‘you’re going to stand back here’, and to have a freshman say that to a senior shows how ready the underclassmen are to take over.

 

NEXT TIME OUT

  • Indiana Wesleyan finds out its tournament seeding for the NAIA National Tournament on Monday at 11:00 a.m.