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Final - Volleyball12345F
St. Francis (IL)25211125162
Mount Mercy22252517183
Dubuque, Iowa
St. Francis (IL)Indv. LeadersMount Mercy
2 Players (#4,#5) - 9Kills #21 Vik Meade - 14
2 Players (#6,#14) - 3Blocks 5 Players - 1
#17 Alles, Leah - 33Digs #6 Lauren Stopko - 24
3 Players - 2Aces #6 Lauren Stopko - 4
St. Francis (IL)Team StatisticsMount Mercy
.043Hitting %: .158
8.0Blocks: 5.0
76Digs: 79
8Aces: 7
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St. Francis (IL)1418220
Northwestern (Iowa)2525253
Dubuque, Iowa
St. Francis (IL)Indv. LeadersNorthwestern (Iowa)
#10 Livesay-Groark, Jade - 5Kills 2 Players (#10,#15) - 10
#6 Withey, Brooklyn - 2Blocks #10 Horstman, AJ - 4
#18 Alles, Leah - 10Digs #8 Hilger, Lauryn - 14
#6 Withey, Brooklyn - 1Aces #2 Winterfeld, Karsyn - 4
St. Francis (IL)Team StatisticsNorthwestern (Iowa)
.068Hitting %: .277
4.0Blocks: 7.0
33Digs: 40
1Aces: 9

DUBUQUE, Iowa – The USF volleyball team dropped a pair of matches at the Clarke (Iowa) Tournament.

Mount Mercy 3, USF 2

The Saints opened the day with a heartbreaking, five-set loss to Mount Mercy 22-25, 25-21, 25-11, 17-25, 18-16.

Taylor Valant (Saint Anne, Ill./Bishop McNamara) led St. Francis to a 4-0 early lead with three kills in the first four points. Six different Saints combined for a .235 team hitting percentage (12 kills and four errors on 34 attempts) as USF led wire-to-wire in the opening frame.

The Mustangs (5-3) bounced back to take the next two sets. Mount Mercy showed off its offensive efficiency in the second frame by hitting over .300. Then the Mustangs used a 15-3 run to sweep through the third convincingly.

The Saints came out on fire in the fourth, taking 11 of the frame's first 15 points. Brenna Perinar (Channahon, Ill./Minooka) led the charge with three kills in the run. USF kept a safe distance for the remainder of the set and forced a decisive fifth frame.

Neither team led by more than three for the entirety of the final set. Both teams had two match points before the Mustangs came out victorious.

Valant had an efficient afternoon, hitting .348 (nine kills and one error on 23 attempts). Perinar also knocked down nine kills. Leah Alles (Tinley Park, Ill./Providence Catholic) finished with a match-high 33 digs and Makenna Bartecki (Lockport, Ill./Providence Catholic)dished out a team-leading 21 assists.

Alyssa Weldon and Vik Meade both totaled double-digit kills to lead Mount Mercy's attack.

No. 14 Northwestern (Iowa) 3, USF 0

St. Francis wrapped up the day with a three-set loss to No. 14 Northwestern (Iowa).

The Red Raiders (11-1) jumped ahead to a 4-0 lead in the first set and never looked back, taking the opening frame 25-14.

After falling behind early in the second, the Saints (4-8) battled back to knot the score at seven behind kills from Perinar and Jade Livesay-Groark (Newberg, Ore./Newberg). Another big swing from Perinar gave USF a lead at 10-9, but Northwestern seized control of the set from there, using a 16-8 run to take the second frame 25-18.

St. Francis posted the most efficient hitting set of the match in the third with a .379 team hitting percentage, but it was not enough to overcome the Red Raiders. Northwestern took the set (25-22) and the match.

Livesay-Groark led the Saints with five kills, while Alles totaled 10 digs and Bartecki added 11 assists.

Northwestern only rotated seven players in the match, but five of them finished with at least seven kills.

The Saints continue play at the Clarke (Iowa) Tournament tomorrow with a pair of matches. USF will take on Avila University at noon before matching up with the hosts, Clarke, at 4:00 p.m.