Pekarek Hits Women’s Volleyball Past Maranatha in Five

Pekarek Hits Women’s Volleyball Past Maranatha in Five

WATERTOWN, Wisconsin – Senior Hannah Pekarek tallied a career-high 26 kills to pace the MSOE women's volleyball team to a 25-21, 21-25, 25-16, 26-28, 15-11 victory over Maranatha Saturday night at MBU Gymnasium.

The Raiders (7-10) were able to avenge a three-set loss at the hands of the Sabercats (11-9) three weeks ago at the MSOE Invitational.

In addition to tying for the fourth-most kills in a match in program history, Pekarek also surpassed 1,000 career points in the match. She entered the night at 998.5 career points and eclipsed the milestone with kills for the team's first two points of the night. She hit .415 on the night with just four errors in 53 attacks and added 17 digs for a double-double.

Freshman Quinn Borchert totaled 11 kills on the night with five blocks. Junior Allie Laurent tallied 54 assists in the match with 19 digs. Senior Shelby Borchardt added a team-high 28 digs.

Claire Hansel led Maranatha with 16 kills while Kelsey Johnson posted a triple-double of 15 kills, 22 assists, and 22 digs.

MSOE faced a 19-17 deficit in the opening set before rallying with an 8-2 run to claim the set. In the second game, a late 6-1 run gave MBU an insurmountable lead at 22-15 but the Raiders made it interesting, fending off four set points before succumbing. In game three, the Red & White used a 7-1 run to open a 17-14 lead before the Sabercats pulled within 18-17. MSOE then scored seven-straight points to claim the set.

The fourth game was a battle down to the end with both teams ripping off 5-1 runs late. In the end, MBU overcame a 24-22 deficit to level the match at 2-2 in extra points.

The Raiders looked like they may run away with the fifth set, scoring five-straight points to open a 7-3 advantage but Maranatha battled right back with a stretch of 6-of-7 points to take a 9-8 lead. MSOE came right back and rattled off a 7-2 run to end the match.

MSOE hit .175 on the night with 63 kills against 28 errors in 200 attacks. The team also finished with a season-best 100 digs. MBU hit .134 on 209 attacks with 57 kills.

The Raiders return to action Tuesday against Dominican.