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Volleyball - Sat, Sep. 9, 2017
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St. Francis (IL)2125252162
Clarke25202125153
Dubuque, Iowa
St. Francis (IL)Indv. LeadersClarke
#6 Withey, Brooklyn - 11Kills #14 Bleeker, Michaela - 13
#6 Withey, Brooklyn - 4Blocks #3 Kaiser, Kaitlyn - 4
#2 Baldwin, Darian - 20Digs #5 Smith, Ashley - 33
#18 Alles, Leah - 2Aces #5 Smith, Ashley - 3
St. Francis (IL)Team StatisticsClarke
.113Hitting %: .161
7.0Blocks: 10.0
84Digs: 88
4Aces: 5
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St. Francis (IL)282525253
Avila301616141
Dubuque, Iowa
St. Francis (IL)Indv. LeadersAvila
#4 Valant, Taylor - 21Kills #19 Newton, Cydney - 9
#6 Withey, Brooklyn - 8Blocks #5 Dehn, Laurel - 3
#17 Alles, Leah - 25Digs #8 Wright, Elli - 21
#3 Bartecki, Makenna - 2Aces #8 Wright, Elli - 2
St. Francis (IL)Team StatisticsAvila
.264Hitting %: .032
9.0Blocks: 5.0
83Digs: 72
5Aces: 2

JOLIET, Ill. – The USF volleyball team took down Avila in four sets and then rounded out the Clarke Invite with a five-set loss to the hosts.

Brooklyn Withey (Lapeer, Mich./Lapeer) was named to the All-Tournament Team at the event. 

USF 3, Avila 1

USF started the day by bouncing back from a deficit to take down Avila 28-30, 25-16, 25-16, 25-14.

Avila led by as much as seven in the opening set, but the Saints slowly chipped away at the deficit. After trailing 16-9, USF clawed back even at 20-20. Both teams had set-point opportunities, but Avila finally capitalized to take the opening frame 30-28.

From that point on, the Saints took over the match, winning three consecutive frames decisively.

USF jumped out in front early 4-1 in the second set and never looked back, holding at least a three-point lead for the remainder of the frame. It included an 8-2 run with two kills from Tynae Phillips (Spencerm Wis./Spencer), a kill and a block from Withey, and a service ace from Darian Baldwin (Lewistown, Ill./Lewistown).

Avila held an advantage for the opening portions of the third, but St. Francis leveled the match at 10-10 and then ran away from the Eagles with a 10-4 run. Taylor Valant (Saint Anne, Ill./Bishop McNamara) and JoAnna Nowicki (Morris, Ill./Morris) both chipped in with kills to propel the Saints in front. USF won the set when Phillips and Withey combined on a block.

St. Francis jumped in front 10-3 in the fourth and cruised to the victory. Jade Livesay-Groark (Newberg, Ore./Newberg) wrapped up the match with a kill.

Valant (21), Nowicki (14) and Withey (10) all totaled double-digit kills. Baldwin finished with 43 assists and 16 digs, while Leah Alles (Tinley Park, Ill./Providence Catholic) added a match-high 25 digs.

Cydney Newton (nine kills) and Lindsay Butler (20 digs) paced the Eagles.

Clarke 3, USF 2

The Saints dropped their final match of the tournament, falling to Clarke 25-21, 20-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-6.

USF (5-9) jumped ahead early, but the Pride (11-2) took the lead with an 8-0 run and held an advantage throughout the rest of the set.

USF bounced back in the second to even the match. St. Francis led 10-6 and extended the edge by taking five of the next six points, led by two kills from Valant and one from Livesay-Groark. The Saints held on to the edge and took the set 25-20.

St. Francis hit .382 (16 kills, three errors on 34 swings) in the third frame. Phillips, Nowicki, and Livesay-Groark all recorded kills early in the set as USF charged out to a 10-3 lead. The Pride made a push, but it was too little too late as the Saints won the third set 25-21.

The fourth frame was tight throughout. Neither team led by more than two until Clarke took three of the final four points of the set to force a decisive fifth. The Pride took that momentum and surged ahead in the fifth to take the match.

Withey (11 kills) and Livesay-Groark (10) both posted double-digit kills. Baldwin finished with a team-high 20 digs, while Alles added 19. Makenna Bartecki (Lockport, Ill./Providence Catholic) totaled 20 assists.

Michaela Bleeker and Kayla Budgins powered the Clarke attack with 13 and 11 kills respectively. Ashley Smith led all players with 33 digs.

The Saints host Olivet Nazarene University in CCAC play this Tuesday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m.