Warriors split wins at Bennington

Perhaps still feeling the effects of their close loss to Berean Academy at the end of the Centre Tournament last Saturday, the Marion volleyball team came out rather flat in tonight’s Bennington Triangular. They split their matches, losing to Bennington before edging out Moundridge in the second set, in what proved to be a very competitive night of volleyball. 

Marion lost their first set to Bennington, 21-25. They also trailed the Bulldogs in the early part of their second set, but found their groove for a scoring streak when Bennington hit 20 points. They brought it back within one point, 20-19, then Megan Richmond earned the ace on her serve to tie the set. Then senior Whitney Gordon stepped up for the kill to give the Warriors a 21-20 lead. But the good times would not last. Bennington managed to come back and tie it, 22-22. Gordon and fellow senior Annie Whitaker combined for two more points for Marion, making it 24-22, but Bennington came back with three straight points, thanks in part to Warrior errors. Gordon tied the game 25-25, but Bennington managed to scrounge up two more points to take the second set, 27-25.

The night of close games was not over. The Warriors led during most of their first set against Moundridge, a team that defeated them at the beginning of their season, but the Wildcats came back to tie it at the end. But Marion managed to hang on for a 25-23 victory in the first set. 

For whatever reason, the Warriors once again came out flat against Moundridge in the second set, trailing by a considerable margin for most of the set. But in a surprising turn of events, Marion put together a late surge for another 25-23 victory, thanks to great serving and a more cohesive defensive effort. 

The Warriors have a 6-8 record after tonight’s matches as they look forward to their home invitational this Saturday. 

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