Release Courtesy of Maranatha Athletics
Ankeny, IA – The inaugural season for the Maranatha Baptist University Sabercats opened up with a pair of wins from the volleyball team, who breezed through AIB College of Business, and Faith Baptist Bible College, 3-0 on Friday, at the Spikefest Tournament in Ankeny, Iowa.
Maranatha eked out a 25-23 win in set one against AIB, and won the next two sets 25-20, and 25-15.
In her second season with the team, sophomore hitter Alison Renz (Lake Mills, WI) recorded eight kills while senior setter Emily Thompson (Watertown, WI) chipped in 12 assists.
Juniors Kelli Fox (Matthews, N.C.) and Samantha Swiatek (Walled Lake, MI) finished with 10 and 15 digs respectively.
The Sabercats continued their undefeated start to the season with a 25-12 set one win over North Central University, pulling away in the middle of the set with a 19-8 lead, and finishing off the Rams on a 6-0 run.
Maranatha put the finishing touches on the match with a lopsided 25-8 third-set win, after claiming impressive leads of 11-1 and 19-1.
The team faces Ozark Christian College on Saturday, at 9 a.m. before moving onto the playoff round beginning at 1:30 with the fifth and seventh place matches. The third place and championship matches take place at 3:30 p.m.