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Knights continue to roll with sweep of Crown

September 23, 2012
Jeremy Behnke - journal Sports Editor ( , The Journal

NEW ULM - The Martin Luther College volleyball team took care of business on Saturday, completing a weekend sweep over Upper Midwest Athletic Conference rival Crown 25-9, 25-12, 25-16.

The Knights improved to 2-0 in conference play after sweeping UM-Morris on Friday night.

Miranda Maasz finished the day with 25 set assists for the Knights. Not only did the Knights gain a weekend sweep at home, they were able to stay healthy and make quick work of their opponents while doing so.

"We've been struggling lately, colds are going around and mixed up rotations lately, and it's been huge for us to come out, especially against Morris, our rivals, and get a sweep," Maasz said. "Today it was important to come out against Crown and get a sweep."

MLC jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first set thanks to a couple of ace serves by Alex Anton and a kill by Rachel Hein.

Later, an ace by Rebecca Engelbrecht put MLC up 14-3 and the Knights never were threatened in the set.

Again, the Knights got an early lead in the second set, going up 7-1 on another ace by Anton. She finished with four aces in the match.

The Knights trailed only one time throughout the match - that coming when they trailed 1-0 in the second set. Otherwise, there was never any doubt againt the Storm.

The Knights' front line was too much for Crown. A block by Leah Nass (three blocks) put the Knights up 22-12 and they finished the set with a block by Nass and Engelbrecht.

With Maasz in charge of the offense, the Knights were able to put the ball away often.

"The seniors haven't had the same setter for all four years that they've been here, so it helps that I'm back for a second year and the hitters are back again," Maasz said.

The third set was closer, but MLC was never really in any danger. Engelbrecht finished the match with 11 kills and Nass had five kills. Anton had nine digs and Jennifer Draeger had eight digs.

MLC (8-7 on the season and 2-0 in the UMAC) is at Northwestern Friday.



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