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Manwaring career match helps IPFW knock off Georgia

Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 2:45 pm

Senior middle attacker Jessie Manwaring had a career match to lead the IPFW women's volleyball team to one of its biggest non-conference victories in program history.

Manwaring had a career-high 18 kills and match-high nine blocks as IPFW (8-2) defeated Georgia 25-21, 23-25, 25-16, 28-26 at the Spartan Invitational on Saturday in East Lansing, Mich.

This is the first time IPFW has defeated a team from the SEC since it swept Florida in 1984.

Manwaring was one of two IPFW players with more than 10 kills in the victory. Outside attacker Emily Spencer also added 15 kills, including a kill to set up match-point in the fourth-game overtime.

The Mastodons held the Bulldogs (6-2) to less than a .200 attack percentage in three of the four games. In addition, IPFW finished the match out-hitting Georgia .247 to .188.

Libero Tessa McGill also had a match-high 23 digs against Georgia. This is the third time in the Mastodons' last four matches that McGill had more than 20 digs.

IPFW's victory against Georgia comes less than 24 hours after the team lost to Michigan State in five games to open the non-conference tournament. Michigan State entered its home tournament undefeated and receiving votes in the top 25 national coaches poll.

IPFW will conclude the Spartan Invitational later tonight with a match against Albany at 5:30 p.m.