Different Day, Same Story

Different Day, Same Story
LEAD

WATERTOWN, Wis. -- Count them: with two more wins, the Sabercats are now a perfect 16-0 against NCCAA opponents in 2020, sweeping Faith and Oak Hills at home on Parents' Day.

Claire Hansel played her final matches on Maranatha's home floor, as the senior and the rest of the team have one more regular-season weekend before the NCCAA postseason.

OVERVIEW

  • Results:
    • Maranatha 3-0 Oak Hills Christian (25-11, 25-12, 25-22)
    • Maranatha 3-0 Faith Baptist (25-15, 25-23, 25-20)
  • Venue: Maranatha Baptist University
  • Location: Watertown, Wis.
  • Attendance: 236
  • Records: MBU (16-1), OHCC (2-12), FBBC (10-7)

STORY

Oak Hills: Any good story has a conflict and a climax, but the way the Sabercats are winning these NCCAA matches leaves little room for either. The Wolfpack put up a fight in the third set, but the Sabercats started the day with little resistance from their Minnesotan opponents. Hansel put down a dozen kills to lead the Sabercats, Mattie Bumpus contributed seven of her own, and Emily Johnson had 29 assists in the match to keep the attack running.

Aubrey Secor contributed a career-best 13 digs in the straight-set win, and seven digs each from Erica Ureke and Megan Miller kept the floor clean and the Wolfpack attack at bay.

Faith: It was Hansel's final match on the home floor, and she made it a memorable one by peppering the Eagles for 15 kills and picking 12 digs on the defensive end. Right next to her was Ureke, who reached the 20-digs mark for the third time this season, and Miller registered 11 digs to frustrate Faith as well.

Johnson had a clean game herself - the freshman put up 36 assists, 12 digs, and three aces to lead the Sabercats to the straight-set win, as they once again stayed perfect on the weekend, perfect in the North Region, and perfect against NCCAA opponents for 2020.

MBU Starters (combined games): 3- Johnson, 4- Hansel, 8- Bumpus, 11- Ureke (L), 14- Kemlo, 22- Miller, 23- Anderson

STATS (combined)

  • Hansel: 27 kills, 13 digs
  • Hansel: final match in the Maranatha gym
  • Johnson: 55 assists for the second day in a row
  • Ureke: 27 digs, reaches 20 digs in a match for the third time this season
  • Series: Maranatha leads the all-time series against Faith, 19-1
  • Series: Maranatha leads the all-time series against Oak Hills, 6-0

NEXT

The Sabercats head to Lincoln, Illinois next Saturday for a tri match with St. Ambrose University and Lincoln College. Follow at mbusabercats.com/schedule.

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