GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – In less than 24 hours time, the Goshen College volleyball team played four matches and 17 sets racking up a 2-2 mark at the Cornerstone University Tournament Friday night and early Saturday.
The Maple Leafs split a pair of five-set matches and also played the longest set (by point total) in the history of the program - a 38-36 win over Lawrence Tech - during a wild weekend of volleyball. The 74 total points topped the previous longest of 70, which was done on six occasions (see note at bottom of article).
On top of the already strenuous schedule, Goshen did it short-handed with a number of players either missing action entirely or limited due to injuries.
"We played hard, but I think the change in players on the floor because of injuries disrupted our offense and defense," head coach Jim Routhier said. "Kelsey (Smith) set very well for it being her first time she set for an extended time on varsity. I also really liked how Natalie (Hubby) stepped in and played middle for our injured players."
Sophomore Jaime Stack was named to the All Tournament Second Team after finishing with 49 kills and 74 digs in the four matches. Goshen (15-19) will host Aquinas College Tuesday night (5:30) and Indiana South Bend Saturday (7:30) before playing in the Crossroads League Tournament at second-seeded Taylor University on November 6.
Friday (10/26) vs. Lawrence Tech (Stats)
The Maple Leafs started the event with a long 21-25, 38-36, 25-18, 25-22 win over Lawrence Tech on Friday. They started slow, hitting in the negative (-.073) in the first set before responding with 19 kills in the marathon record-setting second set.
Sophomores Sam Heberling and Jaime Stack were the go-to attackers, combining for 32 of the team's 54 kills. Stacy Wyse nearly picked up a triple-double with eight kills, 38 assists, and 20 digs, while Missy Mackowiak added 29 digs in the win.
Friday (10/26) vs. Davenport (stats)
Goshen ran into a bit of a buzz saw in its second match of the weekend, losing to Davenport University 25-17, 25-22, 25-20. The Panthers hit .240 in the match to the Leafs .151 as they swept Goshen for the second time this season.
Stack had nine kills and Heberling eight, while Wyse posted 28 assists and 11 digs. Molly Lameyer led all attackers with 11 kills for Davenport.
Saturday (10/27) vs. Rochester (stats)
After starting the season with 12-straight three-set matches, the Maple Leafs have played 10-of-22 that have gone to a decisive fifth set since, including a 25-20, 21-25, 25-23, 19-25, 16-14 victory over Rochester College on Saturday.
Stack again led Goshen with 13 kills, while Hannah Grieser posted 11. Stack also had 26 digs, Mackowiak tallied 28 and Wyse had 16 digs and 33 assists.
Saturday (10/27) vs. Mount Mercy (stats)
The Maple Leafs dropped their tournament finale 19-25, 29-27, 21-25, 25-18, 15-11 to Mount Mercy University.
Heberling was the team-leader with 16 kills (had 58 on the weekend), while Melanie Meyer posted 13. Kelsey Smith had nine assists to go with a career high 16 digs, while Wyse had 38 assist and 26 digs, and Mackowiak finished with 30 digs.
NOTE: Thanks to Tony Miller ('14) for the research on longest sets in program history. Friday's 38-36 set broke the previous high of 70 points, which last occurred in 2007. Since the advent of the 25-point set (2008), the previous longest set was 32-30, which happened twice including a match against Mount Vernon Nazarene last season.