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Fri, Sep. 29, 2017 - [Volleyball]

MCPHERSON, Kan. – The Mid-America Christian University volleyball team headed north to take on the Central Christian College Tigers on Thursday night, marking the first time the two teams have meet as rivals with both holding membership in the Sooner Athletic Conference. MACU controlled play in three of the four sets, and when the night had ended, MACU had claimed their second road win of the SAC season.

MACU (3-10, 2-5 SAC) hit better than .360 in the first and fourth sets, and defensively they held Central Christian (3-10, 1-6 SAC) to negative attack percentages in three of the four stanzas, and the Lady Evangels claimed a four-set victory 25-11, 22-25, 25-17, 25-12.

After the teams split the first two points of the night, MACU took complete control of the first set with a 10-0 run. During the run, MACU had six kills and a block, with Jasmine Pickett pounding three of those kills and taking part in the block. The Tigers never got closer than eight points for the remainder of the set, and MACU took the frame 25-11.

The second set was the only set in which MACU struggled to keep the ball in play – the Lady Evangels committed 11 attack errors in the frame – and Central Christian took advantage of MACU's wildness. Neither team scored more than three straight points in the frame, and CCC held on at the end of the set to take the 25-22 win.

The third set was tight through the early stages and into the middle of the stanza, but MACU closed with a flourish. Mary Siefert and Breanna Fritschow combined for four straight kills, beginning with MACU trailing 16-15, and that stretch sparked a 10-1 run that closed out the set for the Lady Evangels in a 25-17 win. The momentum carried into the fourth set, when MACU used another long run – this one an 8-0 spurt – to close out the win with a 25-12 set win.

Fritschow was the only Lady Evangel in double figures with 11 kills, but Laurel Church and Da'Jah Thompson each notched nine kills, and Siefert added eight of her own in the win. Melissa Hoppal recorded her fourth double-double of the season, handing out 34 assists and pulling up 17 digs. Gabrielle Poling (22), Adanna York (15), and Church (10) also finished the night in double-figures in digs.

MACU will return home on Tuesday night when they welcome the Southwestern Christian University Eagles (10-3, 3-2 SAC) to the Gaulke Activity Center for the second time this season. SCU took a five set win over MACU in the Hurricane Harvey Relief match on September 1. First Serve is slated for 7 p.m.