WATERTOWN, Wis. – Maranatha responded to a dismal 3-1 performance against Lakeland on Tuesday night by defeating Aurora 3-1, and Grace 3-0 on Friday evening.
Maranatha built an 8-1 lead in the first set, but Aurora put together a 17-10 run to tie the set at 18 all. The Spartans took their first lead of the match with a 21-20 lead, and closed out the set with four straight points for the 25-20 win.
Maranatha atoned for set one by defeating Aurora 25-16, and 25-18 in sets two and three.
Set four took a different course; with Aurora taking a 13-7 lead, but Maranatha charged back thanks to middle blocker Laci Peterson (Chillicothe, Ill.), whose two kills evened the game at 15.
Aurora tied it again at 18, but junior hitter Torey DeLozier’s two kills at the end of the match gave Maranatha the 25-23 clincher.
DeLozier finished with 22 kills and 11 digs while Peterson’s strong play led to a 20-kill performance. Sophomore setter Emily Thompson (Watertown, Wis.) finished with 25 assists.
Against Grace, the reserves contributed to each win with a balanced attack from players like sophomore hitter Kaylah Richerson (Elmwood, Ill.) and senior hitter Sadie Joutras (Crest Hill, Ill.).
In set one, it was complete domination with a 25-6 victory, and set two followed suit with a 25-11 score. Maranatha closed out the set three on a kill by DeLozier for the 25-12 win.
Richerson finished with nine kills and a block assist while DeLozier had 10.
Maranatha faces the #1 team in the conference, Benedictine University at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 6 for Parent’s Day.