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Thu, Sep. 14, 2017 - [Volleyball]

CHICKASHA, Okla. – On Thursday evening, the Mid-America Christian University volleyball team made the short jaunt to Chickasha, Oklahoma to take on the University of Science & Arts Oklahoma in Sooner Athletic Conference action, and a new face to the Lady Evangels' lineup helped MACU pick up their first SAC win of the season.

Junior Breeana Fritschow, playing her first match in a MACU uniform, led the Lady Evangels in kills, and more importantly helped balance the MACU attack as MACU (2-7, 1-2) swept away USAO (1-6, 0-3) 25-13, 25-20, 25-21.

MACU came out and took control of the match early on. The Lady Evangels hit .314 in the first set, pounding 14 kills in the stanza. Da'Jah Thompson notched four of the Lady Evangels' kills, and MACU cruised to the 25-13 win. MACU sprinted out to an 8-3 lead in the second set, but USAO rallied to take an 11-9 lead with an 8-1 spurt of their own. The score remained close through the middle portion of the set, but with USAO leading 18-17, Gabrielle Poling served MACU on a 7-0 run that gave MACU their first set point opportunity, and on their third chance, MACU closed out the set with the 25-20 win. In the third frame, USAO again built an early lead, this time an 11-8 margin, but another 7-0 MACU run, this one served by Melissa Hoppal, turned the tables for good. The Lady Evangels outlasted the Drovers down the stretch, taking the set 25-21 and the match 3-0.

Fritschow notched 11 kills in the match, with nine of those 11 kills coming in the final two sets. Laurel Church narrowly missed a double-double with nine kills and no errors to go with 14 digs. Melissa Hoppal posted her third straight double-double with 28 assists and 15 digs, and Gabrielle Poling equaled a season high with 25 digs. MACU held USAO to only 29 kills as a team, and the Lady Evangels (.248) out hit the Drovers (.115) by more than 100 points.

MACU will be back in action on Friday, September 22, at 7 p.m. when they welcome the Lions of Southwestern Assemblies of God University (10-3, 1-0) to the Gaulke Activity Center.