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No. 20 Lawrence Tech Wins Five Set Thriller to Defeat Madonna 3-2, Moves to 19-0 in the WHAC

No. 20 Lawrence Tech Wins Five Set Thriller to Defeat Madonna 3-2, Moves to 19-0 in the WHAC

LIVONIA, Mich. -- The No. 20-ranked Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University women's volleyball team defeated Madonna (Mich.) University 3-2 (25-27, 25-18, 25-14, XX-XX, XX-XX) on Wednesday night in Livonia, Mich. The win is the Blue Devils 19th straight conference win this season and pushes their record to 19-0 in the WHAC. 

Lawrence Tech (28-2, 19-0) finished the match with 54 kills and 28 errors to end the night with a .157 hitting percentage, 0.82 percent below their season average of .239. The Blue Devils overcame that with a strong defensive performance themselves as Madonna hit 0.196 percent with 58 kills and 26 errors. Lawrence Tech finished the game with nine total blocks and 13 aces compared to just five aces from the Crusaders.  

Kristi Doherty led the way for Lawrence Tech with a team high 40 assists to go with seven kills, four aces, 10 digs, and four total blocks. Jessica Lodge led the offense with 14 kills and a .263 hitting percentage followed by Zakia Hunt with 13 kills. Varvara Gromakova finished the night with nine kills and four aces while hitting .318.  

Lawrence Tech dropped the opening set 27-25, but not before they battled to tie it at 25-25 off a block. The Crusaders were able to hold on to take the 1-0 lead. In the second set, the Blue Devils trailed 3-2 before an 8-3 run gave them a 11-5 lead. Lawrence Tech pushed the lead to 19-10 before the Crusaders mounted a mini 4-0 run to cut the lead to 19-14. Isabella McDonald gave the Blue Devils a 20-14 lead as they went on to win the set 25-18. The Blue Devils once again trailed at the start the third set, but a 10-1 run by LTU gave them a 14-8 lead off Doherty's serve.  

The Blue Devils jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the fourth set, but a 16-1 run by Madonna gave the Crusaders a 17-4 lead off Joella Griner's serve. Madonna (22-10, 14-5) closed the set out 25-13 to force a fifth and deciding set. 

In the fifth, the set went back-and-forth as the teams were tied at 4-4 before Madonna took a 6-4 lead off a Jordyn Dawson kill. Doherty served the Blue Devils back into the lead at 7-6 before the Crusaders tied it up at 7-7. Nichole Hyduk gave Lawrence Tech four great service points as she helped the Blue Devils take a 12-8 lead. Varvara Gromakova sealed the win with an ace, taking the set 15-9 and winning the match 3-2.  

The Blue Devils wrap up the regular season on Saturday, November 9 when they host Siena Heights (Mich.) University on Senior Day at Don Ridler Field House. First serve is set for 5 p.m.