MORRIS - The Martin Luther College volleyball team won the first two sets, but was unable to hold off the University of Minnesota, Morris in a 3-2 loss by the scores of 26-28, 31-33, 25-20, 27-25, 15-13 on Friday.
The Knights won the first two sets in marathon fashion, outlasting the Cougars 28-26 and 33-31 to take a 2-0 lead.
UMM came back to win the next two sets, winning the third set 25-20 and overcoming a match point from MLC at 25-24 to win that set 27-25.
MLC jumped out to a 6-0 lead to start the fifth set, and later held a 10-5 lead in the game, but the Cougars roared back to score 10 of the final 13 points to win the set and the match.
Rebecca Engelbrecht had a huge game for the Knights, finishing with a match-high 32 kills. Rachel Hein was also a force on the attack for MLC, finishing with 17 kills.
Setter Miranda Maasz was fantastic as well for MLC, setting new career highs in assists (62) and digs (19). She also added three kills and three blocks.
In the front row, both teams had success with the block. MLC finished with 15 on the night, led by Rachel Larson's nine. UMM finished with 12.
MLC (12-11 overall, 6-4 in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference) will return to action today for a 1 p.m. match-up at Crown College.