MADISON, Wis. – The Crusaders fell prey 3-1 to the Eagles of Edgewood in their first Northern Athletics Conference matchup to give them a 5-1 record.
Maranatha battled Edgewood down to the wire in the first set showing poise on the road in a set one victory. The score was 10-4 in favor of Edgewood when the Crusaders edged their way closer to a 19-19 tie off a Laci Peterson (Chillicothe, Ill.) kill. They gained a 21-20 lead only to see Edgewood tie it up at 21 all.
The pressure mounted but junior hitter Torey DeLozier (Watertown, Wis.) took over by tallying the last three kills of the set to halt any further comeback.
Set two was back and forth with the Crusaders jumping out to an early 6-1 lead only to see it vanish into an 11-11 tie. Both teams would exchange leads and neither team had more than a two point lead until Edgewood pulled away for an 18-16 lead. Edgewood would maintain that lead until their 25-21 set two victory.
The Crusaders ran out of gas in the third set losing 25-14 but came closer in a 25-21 set four loss in which they could never catch up. Junior defensive specialist Hallie Nelson tallied 19 digs in the game while DeLozier had 17 kills and 25 digs to lead the Crusaders. Peterson had nine kills and six blocks (2 solo) while senior Danielle Stegall finished with 12 digs.
The Crusaders faced a tough opponent and look forward to their next home matchup this Thursday against conference foe Rockford College at 7:00 p.m.