ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Despite playing without three starters, the Goshen College volleyball team split another pair of contests to finish 2-2 at the Concordia University Kick-Off Tournament over the weekend.
"We played very scrappy especially having Jaime (Stack), Katy (Anspach), and Lexa (Magnuson) out," head coach Jim Routhier said. "We were able to try many different combinations and learned a lot about ourselves."
He continued, "We have some things to work on, but it is very early in the season and we are gearing our efforts to the start of the league season in two weeks. I am very pleased with our efforts this weekend and where we are with our team."
After splitting with host Concordia (four-set loss), and defeating IU East (four-set win), the Maple Leafs played another pair of contests one short of the minimum on Saturday. The 16 total sets played in two days wore down Goshen who is without the services of the all conference outside hitter Stack and Anspach and Magnuson, who suffered injuries on Friday.
Despite playing shorthanded, the Leafs got off to a good start on Saturday, defeating the University of Michigan - Dearborn 25-23, 22-25, 25-14, 25-18. It was the program's fourth straight victory over the Wolves, last losing during the 2007 season.
Junior Melanie Meyer led the attack, pounding out 13 kills on just 25 attempts (.360 hitting). Classmate Mandy Schlabach equalled a career high with eight kills, while another junior Sam Heberling added seven. Senior Stacy Wyse dished out 29 assists, while junior Missy Mackowiak had 16 digs and six aces.
The final match of the weekend for the Leafs was against Crossroads League foe Mount Vernon Nazarene University. The Cougars won the opening two sets and then held on for a 25-20, 25-20, 21-25, 25-23 victory over Goshen.
Schlabach again was active on the offensive end, totaling a team-high eight kills, while Heberling had seven, Meyer six, and Emily Waits five. Mackowiak had 16 more digs, giving her double digits in all four contests (58 total).
The Maple Leafs (2-2) return to action when they host Concordia University (Mich.) in a rematch of Friday's season opener on Wednesday. First serve is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Gunden Gymnasium.