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Embry tallies 25 kills, 31 digs

Marlowe Embry (c) 2017 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Marlowe Embry (c) 2017 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

HAVERFORD, Pa. – Haverford rallied to win a five-set match over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) volleyball action on Saturday.

The Green Terror (15-5, 4-3 CC) fell 3-2 to the Fords (14-8, 3-4 CC) before dropping a 3-1 decision to Cabrini in the second match of the tri-match.

Marlowe Embry (Milpitas, Calif./J.H. Pitman) led McDaniel with 25 kills and 31 digs on the day, including her eighth double-double of the season with 17 kills and 18 digs against Haverford.

Sara Matsumaura and Natalie Pisch led the Fords with 20 kills each. The duo also rounded out double-doubles with 19 and 15 digs, respectively.

Steph Judkins paced the Cavaliers (19-4) in the seconds match with 12 kills.

In the opening match, McDaniel took each of the first two sets by identical 25-19 scores before Haverford recorded wins of 25-15 and 25-17 to force a deciding fifth set. The hosts prevailed 15-12, notching three of the final four points.

A Kennedy Barlond (Battle Creek, Mich./Pennfield) ace keyed a 6-0 run midway through the first set, allowing the Green Terror to open up a 17-10 lead en route to the six-point win.

McDaniel jumped out to a7-2 lead in the second set before the teams traded mini-rallies throughout the remainder of the set. Haverford closed to within 20-18 but Teryn Rath (Grass Valley, Calif./Bear River) started a run of four straight kills to open things up once again.

The Fords jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the third set and never trailed.

A Matsumura kill started a 5-0 run midway through the fourth set to open up a 15-8 lead.

The fifth set featured five ties and three lead changes. Trailing 10-8 after back-to-back Isabel Paci (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill) kills, Haverford used a service error and block to start a 4-0 run that turned the two-point deficit into a two-point lead.

Taylor Bauman (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) steadied the defense with 26 digs while Kendall Hanak (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain) added 16.

In the second match, Cabrini opened up a 12-5 lead before McDaniel slowly closed the gap. Two Rath kills and knockdowns from Hayley Mills (Bowie, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) and Lauren Wells (Glen Allen, Va./Glen Allen) evened the set at 20-all. Tied at 23-all, a service error and Judkins kill gave the Cavs a 25-23 win.

Cabrini jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second set and never trailed for a 25-18 victory.

Tied at 4-all in the third set, an Embry kill and Bauman ace sparked a 4-0 burst en route to a 25-17 McDaniel win.

After a back-and-forth start to the fourth set that featured four ties and two lead changes, the Cavs got an ace from Judkins to key a 4-0 stretch for a 7-5 edge. Clinging to a 9-8 edge, Cabrini reeled off six straight points to lead 15-8 en route to a 25-18 victory.

Bauman led the defense with 18 digs while Mills paced the attack with 10 kills.

McDaniel returns to action at Susquehanna on Wednesday. Match time is 7 p.m.