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Women's Volleyball - Fri, Aug. 23, 2013
Final - Women's Volleyball123F
Marygrove (Mich.) (1-1)2525253
Indiana Northwest (0-2)816130
Gary, IN
Marygrove (Mich.)Indv. LeadersIndiana Northwest
#17 Kiara Cobbs - 11Kills None
#17 Kiara Cobbs - 2Blocks None
2 Players (#2,#8) - 13Digs None
2 Players (#6,#12) - 2Aces None
Marygrove (Mich.)Team StatisticsIndiana Northwest
0.329Hitting %: 0.000
4.0Blocks: 0.0
44Digs: 0
7Aces: 0
Final - Women's Volleyball1234F
Rochester College (1-0)252522253
Marygrove (Mich.) (0-1)192325231
Gary, IN
Rochester CollegeIndv. LeadersMarygrove (Mich.)
NoneKills #12 Sarah Suppelsa - 11
NoneBlocks #5 Ashley Murphy - 2
NoneDigs #2 Kara Kempinski - 26
NoneAces 2 Players (#8,#12) - 1
Rochester CollegeTeam StatisticsMarygrove (Mich.)
0.000Hitting %: 0.161
0.0Blocks: 6.0
0Digs: 74
0Aces: 2

GARY, Ind. -- Second year head coach Jamie Baker knew certain challenges would await her team as they hit the court in 2013. Starting many new faces, the new look Mustangs (1-1) started a bit slow as the team continued to build early season chemistry. Despite a slow start, the team showcased just how dangerous they can be as they finished with a split at the Indiana Northwest tri-match to begin the 2013 campaign.

In the first match, Coach Baker's new squad hopped into the gym to take on a Rochester College team that was in full swing from an earlier win. Rochester would take advantage of the team's slow start and jumped out to a two-set lead before the Mustangs battled back to win the third, 25-22. A fierce fourth set would go down to the wire with Rochester edging the Mustangs, 25-23, to take a 3-1 decision in match one.

Twins Kara Kempinski (Livonia, Mich./Schoolcraft College) and Nicole Kempinski (Livonia, Mich./Schoolcraft College) had eight digs and six assists respectively in the first match.

"As coaches, we aren't going to look too much into the Rochester loss," said Baker. "Our team came out jittery and apprehensive which is expected on day one – especially when so many new players are adjusting to the roster. The good thing is we had a chance to turn it around quickly heading into the second match."

Showcasing resiliency, the Mustangs were able to shake off the season-opening loss and hit the court against the host Redhawks of Indiana Northwest. The second match of the evening brought out a strong team performance as the Mustangs routed the Redhawks in straight sets, 25-8, 25-16, and 25-13.

Against IU-Northwest, junior Kiara Cobbs (Detroit, Mich./King) would lead the attack with 11 kills. Senior captain Katharina Hall (Livonia, Mich./Henry Ford CC) followed with eight kills, while newcomer Amelia Velez (Imlay City, Mich./Prairie View A&M) contributed with seven kills. 

"It was a tale of two matches for us to start the season," continued Baker. "We shook off the rust and looked great against a solid team. We will need to continue to play hard if we want to succeed against a couple of tough teams in Chicago."

Saturday (Aug. 24), the Mustangs will take part in the Roosevelt University (Ill.) Quad in Chicago. A pair of challenges await as the Mustangs are set to square off with stellar NAIA opponents, Cardinal Stritch (Wisc.) and Goshen (Ind.) at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Both times are EST.

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