MU Invitational invades Stauffer-Wolfe this weekend

Boyce College at Southern of Louisville, Ky., Governors State University of Chicago, Ill., and Wilmington College of Ohio join Manchester University to make up its 2017 Invitational Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15 and 16.

Tourney details: Matches are set for 6 and 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena inside the Physical Education and Recreation Center on MU's campus. Complete information is accessible at http://www.muspartans.com/sports/wvball/MUInvitational ... Live audio, stats, and video are available for all Black and Gold matches via links at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics … MU enters the weekend at 2-4, coming off a split last weekend in a tri-match at Olivet College of Michigan. Boyce College at Southern is seeking its first victory after falling to St. Mary of the Woods and the University of Cincinnati-Clermont in three sets each the first weekend of September. Governors State took a 4-3 record into a match at Calumet College of St. Joseph Sept. 12. Wilmington stood 1-5 before games against Ohio Christian and Central State of Ohio Sept. 12 and 13.

Spartan Shorts: Three statistical categories rank among the early-season Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's top 10. Junior right side hitter Haley Duncan (Albion, Ind.) is ninth in kills per set (2.71); freshman setter Lauren Gandhi (Westfield, Ind.) and senior outside hitter Ally Roskos (Elkhart, Ind.) is tied for eighth in service aces per set (.46); and Gandhi is 10th in assists per game (5.25). Other firsts for the Black and Gold statistically belong to Duncan and junior middle hitter Hannah Tevis (Royal Center, Ind.) (eight blocks each) and sophomore outside hitter Emma DeWitt (Brookston, Ind.) (80 digs) … Coach Bryndon Paulsen's program harbors a four-match win string in regards to its recent Invitational history, winning 12 of 13 sets a year ago. The record is also impressive over the past two events, as the Black and Gold are 6-2 in the span. Tevis and junior setter Dakota Stanichuk (Athens, Mich.) each earned all-tournament awards a year ago with Tevis being the Most Valuable Player … Manchester University begins a three-match road trip after this weekend's action. They travel to Franklin College and their 2017 HCAC opener Saturday, Sept. 23, as part of a tri-match with the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Match times are 1 p.m. versus the Grizzlies and 3 p.m. against the Pioneers inside the Spurlock Center. MU follows that with a mid-week clash at Rose-Hulman Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. before returning home to face Earlham College Saturday, Sept. 30, at 1 p.m.