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Thomas More volleyball survives seven match points, rallies past Goshen in five-set thriller

NKyTribune staff

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Trailing 14-9 in the fifth set on Saturday, the Thomas More volleyball team was on the verge of being upset by Goshen (Ind.) during the Liz Lykowski Memorial Tournament.

Instead, the Saints refused to fold, ran off six straight points to take a 15-14 lead and eventually pulled out a 19-17 victory over Goshen in a five-set thriller. Thomas More later capped the two-day tournament by knocking off Concordia (Ind.) in four sets.

Sawyer Lorentz ignited the Thomas More spurt in the fifth-set rally against Goshen with four kills, including a termination that gave the Saints a 15-14 lead. Goshen countered by scoring the next two points, but Emily Mohs smashed down a kill to even the set at 16-all.

Lizzie Schoenfeld dished out 31 assists, served up three aces and added 11 digs for Thomas More in the win against Goshen (Ind.) on Saturday. (Photo by Jeff McCurry)

Goshen gained a 17-16 edge, but Lorentz evened the score with a kill. Jenna Mummert converted an attack to give the Saints an 18-17 lead, and Jess Ginn capped the Thomas More comeback at match point by serving up an ace. The Saints won by scores of 16-25, 25-18, 25-14, 24-26, 19-17. Goshen dropped to 7-19 with the setback.

Mummert finished with 17 kills and hit .452, while Lorentz added 16 kills and attacked at a blistering .519 clip. Ginn served up three aces and scooped up 14 digs. Lizzie Schoenfeld dished out 31 assists, served up three aces and added 11 digs for Thomas More, which finished with 10 aces and hit .242 as a team.

Thomas More completed the two-day tournament with a 25-17, 25-17, 22-25, 25-16 win over Concordia. The Saints attacked at a .268 clip and held Concordia (4-16 overall record) to a .097 hitting percentage.

Mummert led Thomas More with 15 kills. Madison Krumpelman added 12 kills and 13 digs for the Saints, who improved to 15-6 overall. Mohs slammed down 12 kills and hit .407, while Maddie Read finished with 27 assists.

Alli Borders added five kills and two blocks for the Saints. Ginn and Sara Crooker each scooped up 25 digs, with Crooker also serving up three aces. Thomas More posted a 3-1 record at the two-day event, which was hosted by Indiana Tech.

Thomas More plays host to Wittenberg in a non-conference match Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Connor Convocation Center.

(Information compiled from Thomas More and staff reports)

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