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YOUTH IS SERVED - Head coach Jim Routhier started as many as four freshmen and six underclassmen making for a very youthful rotation at times. While the transition took some time, underclassmen accounted for three of the top four kill totals as well as the team leaders in assists, aces, blocks, and digs.
SEASON SWINGS - Consistency was a struggle for Goshen in 2011, at least in terms of results. They started the year 3-1, but dropped three in a row and six of the next seven. After a nearly three-week span of alternating wins and losses, the Maple Leafs finished the regular season as winners of nine of their final 11 matches.
SWEEPS TO FIVE-SETTERS - Just one of Goshen's first 21 matches went past the fourth game (13 three-game sweeps). Then, all of a sudden, five of the next six matches went to the decisive fifth-set, including four Maple Leaf victories.
HOME SWEET HOME (8/27) - After opening the season with a road loss, the Leafs made quick work of both Marygrove College and Roosevelt University at home. Read More
FIRST MCC WIN SNAPS SKID (9/16) - After dropping their first three MCC contests of the year at home, Goshen busted out with a strong sweep of visiting Huntington University. Read More
FIRST ROAD WIN (9/24) - After falling in a five-set marathon at Bethel on a Friday night, the Leafs were immediately in Fort Wayne for an important match up with Saint Francis. Senior Kate Yoder had 13 kills and just one error (.353) in a four-set victory. Read More
WEEK MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE (10/8) - Exactly one week after losing in three at Marian University, the Maple Leafs took some revenge with a sweep of their own. Read More
CAPPING ROAD TRIP (10/19) - "This was our best point-for-point game of the season," Routhier said as his team avenged another loss, finishing a four-match MCC road swing with a 3-1 win at Spring Arbor. Read More
OUTLASTING BETHEL (10/5) - Three Goshen players tallied double digit kills (Meyer 14, Yoder 12, Grieser 12) as the Leafs played their second five-setter with Bethel, this time winning the decisive fifth set 15-12. Read More
WYSE NIGHT (10/12) - Sophomore setter Stacy Wyse had 53 assists, 26 digs, and 14 kills to lead Goshen to its fifth-straight win (three in five sets), defeating visiting Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Read More
IMPRESSIVE ROAD WIN (11/1) - Their eighth win in the last ten contests, the Maple Leafs handed Aquinas (24-11) just its third loss of the year on their home court and did so in just three sets. Read More
HOME FINALE (11/1) - The Maple Leafs concluded a six-match home winning streak to end the season, sweeping Indiana University Northwest in dominating fashion. Read More
BY THE NUMBERS:
HOME RUN - Coming into the 2011 season, the Leafs were 16-2 at home under head coach Jim Routhier. They quickly started the year 3-0 at Gunden Gymnasium before stalling and dropping three-straight and five of six on their home floor. After October hit, though, they finished the year by rolling off six-consecutive victories at home.
DIGS, DIGS, DIGS - Freshman Missy Mackowiak tallied 574 digs (4.9 per game). Her average was second in the MCC and second all-time in the history of the Goshen program.
200 KILL CLUB - Goshen had four players end the season with at least 200 kills, the most since the 2007 season. They also had six players rack up at least 100, the most for a single year since 2008.
ALL-TIME - The Maple Leafds are now 613-576-1 since beginning as a varsity program in 1970 (.516 winning percentage). Head Coach Jim Routhier completed his third-straight winning season (52-46 overall), the best three-year run since 2002-2004 (64-40) under Kent Nafziger and Jewel Lehman.
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