Marisa Dion Sets Single-Game School Record With 56 Assists as Adrian Survives Kalamazoo, 3-2

Photo Courtesy of Mike Dickie
Photo Courtesy of Mike Dickie

ADRIAN, Mich. - The Adrian College women's volleyball team overcame a late rally by Kalamazoo to win in five sets (25-13, 18-25, 25-12, 27-29, 15-8) on a record-setting night at the Merillat Sports and Fitness Center. 

Marisa Dion set a single-game school record for assists with 56 and Olivia Welch sits firmly in the third-best single season service aces slot with 44.

THE BASICS

Final Score: Adrian 3, Kalamazoo 2 (25-13, 18-25, 25-12, 27-29, 15-8)

Location: Adrian, Michigan (MSFC)

Record: Adrian (14-10, 8-4), Kalamazoo (9-16, 2-11)

HOW IT HAPPENED

• The Bulldogs jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead by winning the first set 25-13.

• The Hornets would respond, tying the match with a 25-18 victory in set two.

• Adrian would take a 2-1 lead and be positioned to finish the match after winning the third set 25-12. However, Kalamazoo would climb to a five-point lead in the fourth set, 14-9, before the Bulldogs would rally back to tie the set at 24. Both teams would trade points to bring the game to a 27-27 tie before the Hornets would score two straight points to win the set 29-27 and force a deciding fifth set.

• Adrian dominated in the final stanza and pull away to earn the 3-2 victory after winning the set 15-8.

TOP DOGS

Margo Joubran led the Bulldogs with 21 kills and a season-high 21 digs to earn her 12th double-double of the season.

• Welch also tallied a double-double, her ninth of the season, with 12 kills and a team-high 25 digs. She also recorded four services aces to bring her season total to 44, third-highest season total in school history.

Cassadine Reed (12 kills) and Sydney Martines (10 kills) also chipped in offensively. Reed tallied four block assists to bring her season total to 78, a career-high. Martines also had four block assists.

• Dion paced the offense with 56 assists, a new school record for single-game assists. She also contributed on defense with 12 digs.

Haley Mellon had a match-high 30 digs and Savannah Monette tallied 20 to bring the total number of Adrian players with double-digit digs to five.

Jenai White had a team-high five block assists.

THE OPPOSITION

• Sidney Wall led Kalamazoo with a double-double in kills (11) and block assists (11).

• Shamari Browning also tallied 10 kills.

• Paige Johnson recorded 33 assists and 21 digs along with two service aces.

• Dana DeVito led the team in digs with 26. Four other Hornets had double-digit digs for the match.

MIAA STANDINGS

• With the win, Adrian improves to 8-4 in the MIAA and remains tied with St. Mary's for the third spot in the conference standings.

• Kalamazoo drops to 2-11 to be tied with Trine at the bottom of the league.

• With four league games remaining on the schedule, the Bulldogs maintain the momentum to take possession of the third spot.

UP NEXT

• Adrian travels tomorrow to face Alma at 2:00 p.m. The Bulldogs defeated the Scots at home earlier this season in three straight sets.

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