Crusaders win Faith Tournament


ANKENY, Iowa — The Maranatha women’s volleyball team lost only one game en route to a tournament championship at the Faith Invitational Tournament in Iowa.

In the first match the Crusaders defeated Manhattan Christian 3-0. They moved onto the next round to face a familiar foe in Ozark Christian College. Last year the volleyball team lost in five sets to Ozark in the semifinal round of the NCCAA National Tournament. They made sure that history did not repeat itself, going 3-1 to K.O. Ozark.

Junior hitter Torey DeLozier (Watertown, Wis.) tallied her highest match total for kills at 31 along with eight digs. Freshman setter, Emily Thompson (Watertown, Wis.) had a solid performance as well with 22 assists.

In the third match, North Central fell victim to the Crusaders by losing 3-0, setting up a championship showdown between Maranatha and Grace of Omaha.

The Crusaders dominated Grace University 3-0 In the championship match. DeLozier finished with 20 kills and 18 digs while sophomore hitter Laci Peterson (Chillicothe, Ill.) had 14 kills.

DeLozier and Peterson were named to the All-Tournament Team for their play. 

DeLozier finished the tournament with 91 kills, averaging 7 kills per set and a 51.6% hitting percentage along with 41 digs and 8 block assists. Peterson finished with 38 kills and 9 block assists.