FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Just as in the two teams’ last match, Mount Vernon Nazarene University volleyball was able to win the opening set over No. 18 Saint Francis (22-5, 11-3 CL), but MVNU’s early lead didn’t yield a desired result in Fort Wayne.
Consecutive kills from Kristen Osborn and Tory Small sealed the opening set win for MVNU, turning a 23-23 score into the 25-23 result. No. 18 Saint Francis turned the momentum, though, drastically over the final three sets, going on to win 23-25, 25-22, 25-14, 25-11.
MVNU was plagued by 36 hitting errors on the road, as the hosts played much more cleanly and efficiently by hitting .294 to MVNU’s .160.
Osborn (14 kills, .278 hitting percentage) and Mary Kate Harmody (10 kills, .412 hitting percentage) were bright spots for the Cougar attack, with many of the kills dished out from sets off the hands of Alaina Wright (24 assists). Ellie Ruby paced the back row with 19 digs, but it unfortunately was not enough to keep MVNU from dropping its fifth consecutive match.
What’s Up Next: MVNU (10-17, 1-13 CL) will hope to move past Goshen (8-17, 2-11 CL) in the Crossroads League standings with a road win against the Maple Leafs. The two sides meet Tuesday in Goshen, Ind. for a match set to begin at 7 p.m. The Cougars are hoping for similar results to their last matchup, a 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-19) result for MVNU in Ariel Arena Sept. 28.