Stars Outlast Crusaders In Five-Set Showdown

RIVER FOREST, Ill. – The Maranatha Crusaders found themselves in a familiar position against a familiar foe in a five-set loss on Saturday afternoon, ending their 10-game winning streak, and 30 sets straight without a loss.

Nearly a year ago, Maranatha suffered a five-set defeat to Dominican in Watertown on October 1.

This time, Maranatha opened up set one with a 6-1 lead, but the Stars marched back to tie the set at nine apiece.

The teams remained deadlocked until senior outside hitter Torey DeLozier’s kills gave Maranatha a 20-19 lead, and increased it to 24-20.

Dominican pushed its way back to a 25-25 tie, but junior middle blocker Laci Peterson (Chillicothe, Ill.) notched a kill and freshman defensive specialist Samantha Swiatek (Walled Lake, Mich.) delivered the 27-25 win on a service ace.

The Stars pounced on the Crusaders in set two, gaining a 12-2 lead, and never looked back, winning by a score of 25-19.

Maranatha found themselves down 10-4 in set three, but rallied to a 14-13 lead thanks to three straight kills by DeLozier.

A race to the finish line ensued in the last five points, as Maranatha took a 23-22 lead, but Dominican’s Christina Wilson evened the score and two errors gave Dominican the 25-23 win.

In set four, Dominican held the lead for most of the match until DeLozier once again came through for Maranatha with the team’s last four kills to snatch a 25-22 win, setting up a fifth set.

The Crusaders opened up the set, tied 4-4, but fell behind 9-6. A kill by Peterson cut the deficit to 10-8, but Maranatha would never recover, falling 15-12.

DeLozier amassed 41 kills on a .360 hitting percentage, while recording 17 digs and three blocks (one solo).

Peterson finished with 20 kills and three block assists, while senior libero Hallie Sheley (Watertown, Wis.) played excellent defense with 35 digs out of a team total, 109.

Maranatha looks ahead to a home matchup against Lakeland College at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October, 2.