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Tue, Aug. 29, 2017 - [Volleyball]

MARSHALL, Texas – A night after seemingly finding their stride offensively, the Mid-America Christian University Lady Evangels headed to Wiley College looking to level their record for the season at 2-2. Unfortunately, for MACU, the offense struggled mightily in the match, and they were unable to find the win.

Wiley (2-3) held the Lady Evangels (1-3) to an attack percentage below zero, taking the match in straight sets, 25-10, 26-24, 25-16.

Wiley opened the first set with an 18-3 run, and MACU did not record a kill until Da'Jah Thompson cashed in a pass from Melissa Hoppal to cut the deficit to 19-5, and Mary Seifert was the only other Lady Evangel with a kill in the set, as Wiley opened with a 25-10 set victory.

The second set was the best set of the night for MACU. The set was even throughout the early stages, and with MACU trailing 12-10, Hoppal served the Lady Evangels on a 4-0 run to take a 14-12 advantage. Wiley rebounded to take a 23-19 lead, but MACU dug deep, scoring five of the next six points to square the set at 24, but a kill and an ace for the Wildcats ended the set and sent Wiley to a 26-24 win in the stanza and a 2-0 lead in the match.

MACU kept things close through the middle of the third frame, with Ryann Hale notching a pair of aces to keep MACU within striking distance. It was not meant to be, however, as a 6-0 run with Wiley leading 14-13 essentially put the match away, and the Wildcats took the set win 25-16 to complete the sweep.

MACU managed only 15 kills as a team in the match, with Seifert leading the way with four kills. Dianne Walter participated in four blocks, Gabrielle Poling (14) and Adanna York (13) each reached double figures in digs, and Hoppal dished out 14 assists.

The Lady Evangels made news in another way on Tuesday as well. With the Houston Area still dealing with Hurricane Harvey, MACU's scheduled trip to the University of St. Thomas in Houston for a Labor Day Weekend volleyball tournament was cancelled. As a result, the Lady Evangels will take advantage of the opportunity to open their home slate for the 20 7 season nearly a month earlier than they originally planned, as they will welcome the Eagles of Southwestern Christian University (5-1) to the Gaulke Activity Center for a 6 p.m. match. While SCU is a fellow member of the Sooner Athletic Conference, the match will not count in the conference standings.