@MUCrusadersVB outlasts Blue Devils in five set thriller
Volleyball - Thu, Sep. 14, 2017
News Photo
Lawrence Technological University
Lawrence Tech (8-6, 1-1 WHAC)2222252582
Madonna (14-2, 2-0 WHAC)25252018153
Livonia, MI
Lawrence TechIndv. LeadersMadonna
#07 Varvara Gromakova - 14Kills #05 Karlie Kelly - 20
#06 Zakia Hunt - 3Blocks #12 Amanda Hawkins - 3
2 Players (#04,#10) - 15Digs #04 Alyssa Facione - 32
#01 Makenna Strunk - 4Aces 4 Players - 1
Lawrence TechTeam StatisticsMadonna
.159Hitting %: .174
6.0Blocks: 5.0
91Digs: 93
6Aces: 4

PHOTOS | LIVONIA, Mich. – After taking the first two sets, it looked as though the 22nd-ranked Madonna University volleyball team was well on its way to another sweep, but Lawrence Tech had other plans and forced a decisive fifth set which, with a raucous crowd at their back, the Crusaders were able to win 15-8 for a 3-2 victory at the Activities Center on Wednesday night.

MATCH 1: No. 22 Madonna (13-2, 2-0 WHAC) 3, Lawrence Tech (8-6, 1-1 WHAC) 1 (25-22, 25-22, 20-25, 18-25, 15-8)

  • It was all Crusaders early in set one, but the Blue Devils climbed back into the match and led late until an attack error, a pair of block assists by Jodie Kelly (FR/Romeo, Mich.), Taylor Suurmeyer (JR/Northville, Mich.) and Amanda Hawkins (SR/Livonia, Mich.) as well as a kill from Suurmeyer gave MU four of the final five points for a 1-0 lead

  • Madonna didn't relax in set two and led from start to finish. The key moment in the set came with MU up 11-9 as Lauren Korth (JR/Romeo, Mich.) served six straight points, which included an ace, a pair of Karlie Kelly (SR/Romeo, Mich.) kills and a Suurmeyer termination

  • The Blue Devils came out of the game break on fire as they led for all but three points in set three and never trailed after they took a 6-5 lead in set four

  • The Crusaders were able to regroup and built an early four point lead in set five on a pair of K. Kelly kills and a Suurmeyer kill

  • LTU cut the lead to three, 11-7, bit a pair of Hawkins kills sandwiched a Casey Looper (JR/Battle Creek, Mich.) ace and an LTU attack error to seal the win


  • Madonna hit .174 in the match with 62 kills and 29 errors in 190 attempts to go with six assists, four aces, 93 digs and five blocks

  • Lawrence Tech hit .159 with 60 kills and 29 errors in 195 attempts with 53 assists, six aces, 91 digs and six blocks

  • K. Kelly paced MU with 20 kills, three shy of a career-high, to go with 14 digs

  • Hawkins continued her push to 1,000 kills as she tied a career-high with 18 to go with three block assists

  • Suurmeyer finished with 10 kills and hit a team-best .400 while J. Kelly finished with six kills and two block assists

  • Korth finished four assists shy of a career-high with 56 while Alyssa Facione (FR/Livonia, Mich.) continued her stellar play at libero with 32 digs


  • "This place was electric tonight, the crowd was awesome," said Crusaders Head Coach Jerry Abraham. "We played well tonight, but something happened during that 10-minute break, I'm not sure what, but give LTU credit they played well and they played fast. When we stopped attacking and slowed things down they made some great transitions. I give our girls credit they fought hard and came back to get the win, really proud of our performance."


  • Hawkins is 82 kills away from 1,000 for her career with 918


Up Next:

  • The Crusaders hit the road for their next three Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference contests beginning with a trip to Rochester, Michigan to face newcomer Rochester College on Friday, Sept. 15 at 5 p.m.

CONNECT WITH THE CRUSADERS: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

BE THE FIRST TO KNOW: Text & Email Alerts

DOWNLOAD OUR MOBILE APPS: iOS (iPhone/iPad) | Android


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