LIVONIA, Mich. – After its home opener on Thursday evening, the Indiana University South Bend volleyball team turned around to play two matches at the Julie Martin Memorial Classic on Friday afternoon. In the doubleheader, the Titans battled two opponents that have been receiving votes for the NAIA Top-25 Poll that included Madonna and Saint Francis (Ind.).
IU South Bend fell to host school Madonna by a score of 3-0 (24-26, 22-25, 20-25). Junior transfer Hannah Marchand led the attack, registering 10 kills on 21 attempts which was good for a .333 attacking percentage. Senior Samantha Hockstra collected a team-high 14 digs against the Crusaders while Sophomore McKenzie Powell reached the 1,000-assist mark after dishing out a team-high 31 assists.
As a team against the Crusaders, the Titans attacked at a .157 percentage rate while Madonna notched a .229 attacking percentage. IUSB held the advantage in blocks against its opponent with eight in the match compared to seven. Senior Robbie Berg and Marchand each registered two solo blocks.
After falling in the first two sets to the Cougars in the second match of the day, the Titans took set three with a score of 25-21. IUSB led by as many as four when the scoreboard read 24-20 until the Cougars rallied to even the score at 24. Both teams would trade points until USF took two straight points, winning the fourth and final set 27-25.
Marchand once again led all IUSB attackers with 14 kills while Berg added nine, respectively. Powell registered a season-high 41 assists in the final game to go along with 10 digs. As a team, the Titans registered a .119 attacking percentage while the Cougars attacked at .161.
Following the two losses, the Titans fall to 1-5 overall during the 2019 campaign. IU South Bend is back in action again tomorrow, travelling to Adrian, Mich. to play two matches at Siena Heights. The Titans will face Goshen College at 5:30 p.m. before facing host school Siena Heights at 7:30 p.m. to conclude their five-match weekend.