WATERTOWN, WI—The women’s volleyball team suffered their first home loss of the season Tuesday night, losing 2-3 in a close match against Wisconsin Lutheran. “After winning sets 1 & 2,” states head coach Regina DeLozier after the defeat, “we just couldn’t seem to find enough attacks to get the job done tonight.” The Crusaders defeated the Warriors soundly in the first two sets, but then lost three straight to tally their eighth loss of the season.
After a back and forth first set, the Crusaders finished on a 6-0 run, punctuated by a Warrior error that sealed the victory for Maranatha at 25-15. The momentum would surge on throughout most of the second set, providing the Crusaders with 3-0 and 4-0 runs that culminated in a 25-21 victory.
After a special breast cancer awareness halftime activity for the fans, however, the Crusaders could not find that same winning touch, and never led during the course of the third set. The Warriors would start out on a 5-0 run, and continue their runs until victory at 25-20.
Wisconsin Lutheran proved to be too much for the Crusaders yet again in the fourth, trailing only once in the entire set before sealing the victory at 25-20 to even the match at two games apiece.
The tiebreaker set favored the Warriors from the very beginning. Building an initial 4-1 lead, Wisconsin Lutheran never trailed in the final set, winning 15-10. The Crusaders fought hard, however, and at one point climbed back to the tune of 8-10. But a big call by the line judge that was overruled by the side official pushed the score to 8-11, which was good enough for the Warriors to take home the match.
“We had some really good back row defense tonight,” says Coach DeLozier. “Good block touches and aggressiveness on our pursuit—just couldn’t finish the job.” This good defense began with sophomore Samantha Swiatek (Walled Lake, MI.), who led the Crusaders with 25 digs. Senior Laci Peterson (Chillicothe, IL.) drove the Crusader offense, finishing with 19 kills and 2 blocks.
Wisconsin Lutheran was led by senior Erin Greenfield (Wauwatosa, WI.) with 19 kills and 11 digs. The Warrior defense was anchored by freshman Megan Wierzbicki (Hartford, WI.) with 26 digs.
The Crusaders fall to 14-8 overall, and suffer their first loss in seven games dating back to September 27th. The team will head to the Grace Bible College Classic this weekend in Grand Rapids, MI., to compete in a tri-meet against the likes of Emmaus, Grace Bible, and Ohio Christian.