SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Hannah Marchand and Julie Brown each tallied 20 kills to lead IU South Bend on Tuesday night, as the Titans picked up their sixth straight win with a four-set victory over IU Northwest.
Brown finished with a career-high in kills on the night, while Marchand recorded her second straight 20-kill match, and her third this season. Reigning CCAC Setter of the Week McKenzie Powell earned 50 assists for the second match in a row, and picked up her sixth double-double in the last seven matches, with 10 digs in the win.
Libero Suriya Van der Oord led the defense with 24 digs, as five players finished in double figures on the back line. The freshman also served up a match-high four aces on the night.
The Titans (13-3, 9-0 CCAC) kept their half-game lead atop the CCAC standings despite a tough challenge from the visitors. A close opening set saw IU Northwest (6-10, 2-8 CCAC) take an early 10-8 lead before a four-point IUSB rally, capped by a pair of aces from Suriya Van der Oord put the Titans in front, 12-10. South Bend opened the lead to 21-16 after a pair of attacking errors, and Marchand’s seventh kill of the set closed it out at 25-21.
Tied at 9-9 in the second set, the Titans pulled away to take a 25-14 victory. IUSB ran off eight straight points, including four kills from Julie Brown, to take a 17-9 advantage. The Titans closed out the set on an 8-3 run, taking a 2-0 lead in the match with a 25-14 final in game two.
The Redhawks bounced back in the third set, leading throughout the early portion of the game before a 6-1 run for IU South Bend put the home team in front 14-12 on back-to-back kills from Brown. IU Northwest scored six of the next seven to reclaim the lead. With a 23-18 edge, the Redhawks withstood five straight points from South Bend, but scored the final two kills to take the set, 25-23.
The Titans reclaimed all momentum in game four, however, jumping out to a 7-1 lead and remaining comfortably in front the rest of the way. An eight-point run gave IUSB their largest lead of the set at 17-5, and a kill from Marchand would close out the night at 25-11.
IU South Bend hit the road for their next test, when they head west to take on St. Ambrose on Friday, October 8. First serve from Davenport, Iowa is set for 8:00 p.m.