|Final - Women's Volleyball||1||2||3||4||5||F|
|#11 Taylor Albrecht - 13||Kills||#13 Amelia Velez - 19|
|#7 Madison Farrier - 7||Blocks||#17 Kiara Cobbs - 9|
|#2 Taylor Boyer - 22||Digs||#2 Kara Kempinski - 18|
|#2 Taylor Boyer - 4||Aces||2 Players (#2,#8) - 1|
CANTON, N.Y. -- After suffering a loss in their final pool play match, the Mustangs (18-13, 2-8 WHAC) rebounded nicely Friday (Nov. 1) to put away upset-minded Lindenwood-Belleville in the USCAA's quarterfinal round. Friday's emotional five-set quarterfinal victory matches the Mustangs' single-season program record of 18 wins (previously set in 2010).
Marygrove def. Penn State-Fayette (25-14, 25-22)
Friday action opened with a rematch of an earlier 2013 meeting with Penn State-Fayette. Much like their meeting Sept. 13 in Rochester, the Mustangs overwhelmed Fayette to the tune of a sweep, 25-14 and 25-22. The win propelled the Mustangs to 3-0 in pool play, setting up a battle of unbeatens against Daemen College later in the day.
Senior co-captain Katharina Hall (Livonia, Mich./Henry Ford CC) once again put together a well-rounded performance with seven kills and 12 digs, while Nicole Kempinski (Livonia, Mich./Schoolcraft College) was steady by dishing out 18 assists to go along with 12 digs. Showcasing great balance, Sarah Suppelsa (Livonia, Mich./Concordia-Ann Arbor), Amelia Velez (Imlay City, Mich./Prairie View A&M) and Kiara Cobbs (Detroit, Mich./King) each added five kills in the win. Fayette had no answer for the serve of Kara Kempinski (Livonia, Mich./Schoolcraft College) as the junior collected five aces in the two-set victory.
Daemen College def. Marygrove (25-18, 25-18)
The Mustangs were slowed by a pair sluggish starts and unforced errors in their final match of pool play against NCAA Division II opponent, Daemen College. In the final tune-up before bracket play, the defending USCAA National Champions topped the Mustangs in the best-of-three match, 25-18, 25-18.
Six Mustangs recorded a kill in the match, while Nicole Kempinski finished with 11 assists.
Marygrove def. Lindenwood-Belleville (25-13, 20-25, 25-13, 22-25, 15-13)
The seniors came out strong in their first win-or-go-home five set match at the tournament. Shaking off their fresh loss to Daemen, the Mustangs were able to muster up a phenomenal rally to top the upset-minded Lynx in five sets (25-13, 20-25, 25-13, 22-25, 15-13).After going down 8-3 in the fifth set, the Mustangs came together as a team and willed their way to victory.
Katharina Hall slammed home the match-clinching kill while Amelia Velez set up match point to help move the Mustangs into tomorrow's (Nov. 2) semifinal match at 10:00 a.m. Jamie Baker, the Mustangs' second year coach, was ecstatic after the match.
"Our team played with incredible heart to finish the day," said Baker regarding the team's comeback. "We came together better than we ever have before to get the win. We will need to play like that tomorrow, and then some, when we face a tough Florida College squad. Our entire team looks forward to the opportunity to play in the national semifinal tomorrow."
Pool B's top seed, Florida College, awaits the Mustangs in the first semifinal. Earlier this season, the Mustangs rallied to top the 8-time USCAA National Champion in four sets (12-25, 25-21, 26-24, 25-19).
Saturday's semifinal match, and potential championship match, will be live on the Mustang Sports Network. Jeremy Otto will be on-air beginning at 9:50 a.m. for the semifinal showdown between the Mustangs and Falcons of Florida College.
Saturday's second semifinal follows the Marygrove/Florida College match at 12:00 p.m. The USCAA National Championship match is slated for a 4:00 p.m. Saturday start.
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