Lincoln’s hard hitting seemed too much to handle, but the resilient Crusaders leaned on sophomore blocker Laci Peterson (Chillicothe, Ill.) to win the fifth and deciding set, 15-12.
Maranatha finished the day winning both of their matches. They move on to face #7 Philadelphia Biblical University tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. Central Time. They face #3 Kentucky Christian University Friday at 4:00 p.m.
The top two teams in each pool advance to the semifinals on Saturday.