Keeping it Going

Photo credit: Julia Wall
Photo credit: Julia Wall
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GREENVILLE, S.C. -- When it was all on the line at the NCCAA DII National Tournament, the Sabercats were unstoppable.

With a 3-0 sweep of Geneva College, the Sabercats have gone from being in danger of an early exit to winning Pool B to advance to the semifinals of the National Tournament.

OVERVIEW

  • Result: #2 Maranatha 3-0 #3 Geneva (26-24, 25-15, 25-20)
  • Venue: Davis Field House, Bob Jones University
  • Location: Greenville, S.C.
  • Attendance: 185
  • Records: MBU (25-5), GC (26-10)

STORY

#3 Geneva (Mideast Region Champions): The Sabercats knew it was a do or die situation, and they rose to the occasion against Geneva, amping up the energy and attacking with a little extra heat in the fight for their nationals survival.

Right away, it was clear that the match would be tight-knit, as neither team grabbed hold of the momentum. The Sabercats seemed to be a step quicker than they were yesterday, and after they sharpened up their passing, Claire HanselGabrielle Carpenter, and Kelsey Johnson got into a rhythm offensively, swinging Maranatha out to a 26-24 win.

The Sabercats rode that momentum into the second set, coasting to a 25-15 win to set up the unlikely sweep. McKenzie Janke was ubiquitous defensively, as the Sabercats limited the Golden Tornadoes to their lowest single-set points total in over a month. After the slow start yesterday, the Sabercats seemed to be a different team.

The final set was a nail-biter, but the Sabercats ground it out in a gutsy, crunch-time win. Hansel was spearheading the efforts at the net, and Janke and Johnson were bolstering a hard-working defense en route to the straight-set sweep.

MBU Starters: 4- Hansel, 7- Janke, 9- Johnson, 10- Johnson, 12- Brimer, 17-Carpenter, 22- Ureke

STATS

  • Hansel: 15 K, 11 D, now has a double-double in every match at Nationals
  • Kelsey: 12 K, 17 A, 12 D, now has 2 triple-doubles at Nationals
  • Janke: 17 D
  • Jessica Ureke: 7 K, 14 D
  • Last time: Maranatha beat Geneva 3-2 in pool play last year at Nationals
  • Series: MBU leads the series 2-0

NEXT

The Sabercats will advance to the NCCAA DII National Semifinal later today at 7:30 p.m. Eastern. Maranatha will face the Runner-up in Pool A for a chance to go back to the National Championship. Stay up to date at mbusabercats.com/schedule.

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