Dominican showed why they are #1 but had a difficult time against the pesky Crusaders. Maranatha and Dominican exchanged leads early but the Stars gained a three point lead for most of the first set and pulled away for a 25-20 win. The five set victory was defined by many long volleys and solid efforts on the defensive side for each team.
Set two did not disappoint as it was tight through the first nine points. Junior libero Hallie Nelson (Rockford, Ill.) and senior defensive specialist Danielle Stegall (Joliet, Ill.) made some key digs to keep volleys alive but to no avail as they fell behind 2-0 with a 25-21 loss.
DeLozier and the Crusaders conjured up some magic in the next two matches in a grueling back and forth battle. Maranatha gained the lead in the third set and pulled away for a 25-22 victory and in the fourth match the resilient Crusaders won 25-20 for a fifth set showdown.
Dominican jumped out to an early lead that the Crusaders could never recover from, cruising to a 15-7 clincher.
Maranatha next plays at home on Thursday October 6 vs. MSOE at 4:00 p.m.