No. 22 @MUCrusadersVB opens Julie Martin Classic with dominant win
Volleyball - Fri, Sep. 8, 2017
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Western Ontario
Western Ontario (0-2)1711180
Madonna (12-2)2525253
Livonia, MI
Western OntarioIndv. LeadersMadonna
#14 Rachel Grove - 7Kills #05 Karlie Kelly - 12
#11 Kate Ferguson - 3Blocks #13 Jodie Kelly - 6
2 Players (#01,#17) - 10Digs #10 Lauren Korth - 9
3 Players - 1Aces #02 Ryleigh Jacobs - 2
Western OntarioTeam StatisticsMadonna
-.049Hitting %: .205
5.0Blocks: 11.0
34Digs: 41
3Aces: 6

LIVONIA, Mich. – The 22nd-ranked Madonna University volleyball team opened the 17th annual Julie Martin Memorial Classic, played in honor of former Madonna volleyball student-athlete and graduate, Julie Martin, who lost her battle with cancer in August of 2000, with a dominant victory over Western Ontario inside a packed MU Activities Center on Friday night. In the first match of the night, Lawrence Tech defeated University of Windsor, 3-1.

MATCH 1: No. 22 Madonna (11-2) 3, Western Ontario (0-1) 0 (25-17, 25-11, 25-18)

  • The Mustangs came to play and gave the Crusaders all they could handle early in set one, but three errors, a Jodie Kelly (FR/Romeo, Mich.) kill and a pair of MU blocks broke a 7-7 tie and put MU ahead 12-7 and they never looked back in the set one win

  • Ryleigh Jacobs (FR/Adrian, Mich.) stole the show in set two as the freshman stepped to the service line and served five consecutive points, which included a pair of aces, to put MU ahead 6-1 early in what proved to be a 14-point win

  • Set three saw MU trail as late as 12-11, but another freshman, Ryan Castle (FR/Okemos, Mich.), served the Crusaders to a win as she recorded three straight points, which included an ace and a Jacobs kill, to give Madonna a 15-12 lead they would not relinquish


  • Eight of Madonna's 13 matches have ended in a Crusaders' sweep

  • MU hit .205 in the match and limited the Mustangs attack to a negative .049 attack percentage and 26 attack errors

  • Karlie Kelly (SR/Romeo, Mich.) led the Blue and Gold with 12 kills while her sister, Jodie, led the team with a .375 attack percentage to go with four kills and team-best six block assists

  • Amanda Hawkins (SR/Livonia, Mich.) added nine kills and four block assists

  • Lauren Korth (JR/Romeo, Mich.) finished with 26 assists and led the team with nine digs

  • As a whole, MU tallied 11 blocks, 41 digs and had 33 kills


  • "I thought we played well today. Western is one of the top teams in Canada, they are just starting their season and I felt we played well tonight as a team. We are pushing it every day in practice to get faster and stronger and when we play the way we did tonight it looks good. Tomorrow, Windsor has a few more games under their belt and is very talented so I expect them to give us a good test." - Head Coach Jerry Abraham


  • Hawkins is 117 kills away from 1,000 for her career with 883

Up Next:

  • The Crusaders wrap up the Julie Martin Memorial Classic on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 12 p.m. against the University of Windsor

  • Lawrence Tech and Western Ontario open the Classic tomorrow at 10 a.m.

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  • Live coverage will be available at

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Record: 16-2 Home: 3-0 Away: 4-0 Neutral: 9-2 WHAC: 5-0