Set one did not fail to deliver a thrill as Rockford grabbed a 4-1 lead and widened the margin 15-10. Maranatha managed to pick up points off several errors but were still behind 21-16. Sophomore Lacie Peterson (Chillicothe, Ill.) turned things around with a kill opening up the door for a comeback. Junior hitter Torey DeLozier (Watertown, Wis.) took advantage of a Rockford error narrowing the score to 18-21.
The Crusaders rallied to tie the score at 23 apiece when freshman setter Emily Thompson (Watertown, Wis.) assisted a Peterson kill. Peterson put Maranatha up on the next play punching in another kill.
After a service error by Rockford to make Maranatha’s lead 25-24, sophomore hitter Erin Steuerwald completed the comeback with a kill.
The Crusaders pulled away in the second set off a steady diet of DeLozier kills with a score of 25-18. In the last set, Maranatha put away Rockford with a dominant performance again from DeLozier who managed to find a rhythm with 12 kills.
DeLozier ended up with 31 kills, two blocks and seven digs while Thompson finished with 27 assists. Junior Libero Hallie Nelson ended the night with 15 digs to lead the defense.
Maranatha looks forward to its next Northern Athletics Conference away game against Concordia-Wisconsin next Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.