Sabercats go 3-1 in women's volleyball, 1-1 in women's soccer

The Maranatha Baptist University women’s volleyball team went 3-1 at this weekend’s Warrior Invitational held in Milwaukee.

On Friday, The Sabercats beat UW-Superior in five sets before getting swept by Concordia Chicago.

Maranatha bounced back Saturday with a straight-set decision against Beloit College before a 3-2 victory over Sampson College.

Against Superior, the Sabercats rallied to win 25-23, 19-25, 24-26, 25-19, 15-13. Junior outside hitter Claire Hansel had a team-high 20 kills and senior outside hitter Jessica Ureke posted 13 kills.

Senior setter Karley Johnson dished out 32 assists while senior outside hitter Kelsey Johnson had 21 assists.

Kelsey Johnson and Ureke both served three aces. Senior libero McKenzie Janke had 37 digs.

Concordia beat Maranatha 25-23, 25-18, 25-21.

Versus Beloit, Hansel had 17 kills and Kelsey Johnson had 20 assists. Janke dug out 20 shots and senior middle Allyson Brimer had the team’s only blocked shot.

Maranatha (20-4) won the first, fourth and five sets to top Sampson.

Hansel had a team-best 20 kills. Kelsey Johnson (24) and Karley Johnson (19) led the team in assists. Janke had 22 digs and Karley Johnson served six aces.

The Sabercats play the winner of fourth-seeded Moody Bible and fifth-seeded Calvary at home in a NCCAA North Region semifinal on Friday at 8 p.m.


The Maranatha Baptist University women’s soccer team beat host Mount Mary University 4-0 on Tuesday, Oct. 29 before losing 3-0 at home against Viterbo University Friday.

Junior forward Alexis Sponable scored in the 11th and 52nd minutes against Mount Mary. Sophomore midfielder Amy Montgomery scored unassisted in the 68th minute and assisted on freshman forward Kseniya Hassenplug’s 19th minute goal.

The Sabercats held a 31-1 advantage in shots taken on goal.

Junior goalie Trisha Wright stopped one shot.

Viterbo scored two second-half goals, one by Abbey Kellner unassisted in the 47th minute and another by Megan Goodman off a Marly Johnston assist in the 64th minute, to claim the victory.

Wright made 18 saves, but the Sabercats (6-8-0) got outshot 33-0.

Maranatha plays Providence University on Friday in Ankeny, Iowa for a NCCAA North Region semifinal at 9 a.m.

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