- Inside Athletics
|Madonna (16-0, 2-0 WHAC)||25||25||25||3|
|Marygrove (11-5, 0-2 WHAC)||9||11||16||0|
|#3 Emilie Freeman - 16||Kills||2 Players (#8,#17) - 6|
|#3 Emilie Freeman - 5||Blocks||3 Players - 2|
|#18 Samantha Geile - 14||Digs||#2 Kara Kempinski - 7|
|#18 Samantha Geile - 2||Aces||2 Players (#2,#12) - 1|
DETROIT, Mich. -- The women's volleyball team opened the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) season at home against the conference's top team thus far – the fourth-ranked Madonna University Crusaders (16-0, 2-0 WHAC). The first home conference tilt also marked the 2013 home-opener for head coach Jamie Baker and the Mustangs (11-5, 0-2 WHAC).
Early on the visiting Crusaders were firing on all cylinders, forcing the Mustangs to adjust to facing the highest-ranked opponent they have seen all season. Behind strong play from the Crusaders' Stacey Catalano and Emilie Freeman, the visiting team was able to take the first set from the Mustangs, 25-9.
Second set play saw the Mustangs attempt to settle in as senior leader Katharina Hall (Livonia, Mich./Henry Ford CC) looked to rally her troops in the hopes of battling back. Hall would help strengthen the defense against the opposing attack with four digs.
Despite elevating their play throughout the course of the match, the Mustangs would fall in three to the NAIA's fourth-ranked program (25-9, 25-11, and 25-16).
The win for the Crusaders marked the 14th time in 16 games they have swept their opponent.
The Mustangs – still off to the best start in the brief history of the program – were led by Kiara Cobbs (Detroit, Mich./King) and Katharina Hall with six kills each. Cobbs and Amelia Velez (Imlay City, Mich./Prairie View A&M) were in on a pair of blocks, while Hall slammed back one Crusader attack. Kara Kempinski (Livonia, Mich./Schoolcraft) helped Hall lead a spirited effort in the home-opener and paced the team with seven digs.
With Thursday's (Sept. 19) match canceled, the Mustangs will now remain home for their next match as they seek their first conference win Sept. 25 at 7:00 p.m. against the University of Northwestern Ohio.