- Results: Maranatha 0-3 Adrian (13-25, 22-25, 23-25), Maranatha 0-3 North Central (8-25, 15-25, 8-25)
- Venue: Gregory Arena, North Central College
- Attendance: 40
- Record: Sabercats are now 2-17
- Next Match for MBU: Tuesday, Mar. 6 vs Lakeland
NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- Adrian and North Central proved to be too much for the Sabercats to handle, as MBU fell to the two Midwestern powerhouses today at the NCC Tri.
Derek Wallis registered a career-high 20 kills in the Adrian match, but even Wallis' career day was not enough to help the Sabercats chalk a much-needed win.
Maranatha 0-3 Adrian
Maranatha had their better showing on the day against Adrian (MCVL), who proved to be an athletic and determined squad throughout the 3-set match. After a slow start of just 13 points in the first set, the Sabercats responded positively with 22 and 23 points through the final 2 sets, respectively.
The first set was tight in the early stages, as a Joel Depue kill set the score at 12-10 in favor of Adrian. It was then that the Bulldogs caught fire, as they strung together a 13-3 run to close out the set in emphatic form.
Wallis led the way in the next 2 sets, as he helped the Sabercats reach a season-best 16 kills in the third set. Wallis found his zone and dealt 20 kills on the Bulldogs in the last 2 sets combined, but even the rampage from the hard-hitting junior could not overpower the quick Adrian squad. Despite the loss on the scoreboard, the Sabercats showed a competitive edge, as they were within 3 points of the Bulldogs through the final 2 frames.
Maranatha 0-3 North Central
The North Central match was a different story for Maranatha, as the polished Cardinals showed the strengths of their 5-1 rotation in the 3-set excursion. Under constant pressure from NCC, MBU managed to record just 31 points in the 3-set match.
North Central logged a tidy .446 attack percentage and kept the floor clean with 36 digs.
Wallis' 20 kills in the Adrian match was his best mark since his 19 kills in the 5-set season-opener vs Concordia-Wisconsin.
Wallis notched 24 kills on the day and added 11 digs.
Matt Wetzel recorded 21 assists on the day.
Maranatha's 34 kills against Adrian was their third-highest mark this season.
The Sabercats will return to their home floor for a 7 p.m. match against Lakeland University Tuesday. Catch the details at mbusabercats.com/composite.