Tuesday, September 12, 2017
In their first home game of the season, the Crusaders came back from dropping games 1 and 2 to the visiting Glide Warriors. The team took game 3 in a head to head battle 27-25 behind the serving of sophomore Natalie Thickett who served points 20 to 24 to tie the game. Junior libero Lauren Russo serve the game out. The Crusaders took the momentum from game 3 and used it to win game 4, leading the whole way. Glide came back in game 5, earning the first 3 points. The Crusaders struggled to find the momentum in game 5, losing 10-15.
Junior outside hitter, Hallie Shean led the Crusaders in their comeback, racking up 11 kills and serving 16 for 18 with 6 aces. Shean also contributed 10 digs on defense. Junior middle hitter, Katie Rietmann had 10 kills. Rietmann also ran the net to earn 5 blocks against the aggressive offense of the Warriors. Freshman Abbie Christman chipped in 7 kills and 3 blocks while serving 11 for 11 behind the line. Sophomore Ashley Gurr had 30 assists on 123 attempts. Strong defensive plays were contributed by Russo and sophomore Grace Johnson. As a team, the Crusaders went 85 for 92 ok serving with 11 aces.