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Maple Leafs Lead Early, Trail Late, Drop To .500 At Lawrence Tech
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Women's Volleyball - Thu, Aug. 24, 2017

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Darienne Maust led the Goshen College women's volleyball team in kills for the third time this season as the Maple Leafs lost a four-set decision to Lawrence Technological University on Thursday night at LTU's Ridler Field House.

The Blue Devils (1-0) opened a two-sets-to-none lead after hitting .393 with 15 winners in the opening stanza. Goshen (3-3) led three times in the first period, including as late as 14-11 before LTU used a 7-0 run to take the lead and a 4-0 run to claim a 25-18 victory.

The Maple Leafs appeared to counter by winning four of the first five points in the second, but that edge was short-lived as seven LTU players scored points in a 12-2 run that put them up 13-6. GC used three straight errors to close the gap back to 13-9 before dropping the set 25-18.

A pair of MacKinnon Tracy aces spurred a 6-0 Goshen run early in the third set, which saw the good guys take leads of 3-0, 10-4 and 14-6. Maust and Christy Swartzendruber each assisted on two blocks in the set, one in which six Maple Leafs accumulate kills in a 25-18 win.

But the final run put the ball in the hosts' court, or really sent it careening toward the visitors' court at a high rate of speed. After Goshen again led early, this time by margins of 4-1 and 8-6, LTU used three kills, three errors and two aces to turn a two-point hole into a six-point lead. The teams traded sideouts for seven straight points before Goshen used a kill and a block from Taylor Eash to close within 16-14. Maust and Sydney Cruz added kills in the late stages for GC, but Lawrence Tech took the match with a 25-18 win.

The match continued Goshen's streak of four-set or five-set matches against LTU, which now comprises all five meetings: Thursday's match was the first with neither a fifth set nor a set that went past its scheduled length.

Maust finished with seven kills while Eash and Meghan Gerke had five each for GC. Ally Roehr led the team in assists and Christy Swartzendruber in digs, with each player racking up 14. Maust also added a match-high four blocks, including one solo stuff.

LTU's Varvara Gromakova posted a match-high 11 winners, aided by Kristi Doherty's 39 assists. Brittany Schmidt and Lexi Szymoniak each finished with 12 digs.

Goshen returns to action Friday in a tri-match at Michigan-Dearborn, facing the hosts at 3 p.m. and Fisk University at 5.