NEW ULM - With many family and friends in the crowd for Homecoming and parents' day, the Martin Luther College volleyball team showed up to play its best volleyball as the Knights swept North Central College 25-7, 25-13, 25-21 in an Upper Midwest Athletic Conference match on Saturday.
"It really meant a lot to be able to get the win and to get everybody some playing time with their parents here watching for parents' day," MLC sophomore Heather Danell said.
MLC sophomore MacCartney Mendolla started and ended the first set with an ace as the Knights dominated the first set 25-7. The Knights put together a 16-2 run at one point in the set.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
Martin Luther College’s Rachel Larson (10) spikes the ball past Anna Bird (2) of North Central University Saturday at MLC in New Ulm.
The Knights picked up in the second set right where they left off in the first set as they went on to win set two 25-13.
With a number of young players on the court for the Knights in the third set, North Central gave MLC a little scare, but the Knights were able to rally and win the final set 25-21 to clinch the victory.
"We knew we couldn't overlook these guys and that they would come ready to play us today," Danell said. "[North Central] came to compete today, but we made sure not to overlook them and it showed."
Danell led the Knights' offense with 12 kills and Rebecca Engelbrecht added 10 kills of her own.
Miranda Maasz led the Knights in set assists with 25, while Jennifer Draeger had 18 digs to lead the team.
The Knights (12-10, 6-3) play again on Friday when they host the University of Minnesota, Morris.