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Volleyball - Tue, Sep. 12, 2017
Olivet Nazarene (6-7, 1-1 CCAC)22252523132
St. Francis (IL) (6-9, 2-1 CCAC)25102125153
Joliet, Ill.
Olivet NazareneIndv. LeadersSt. Francis (IL)
#19 Jackson, Lizzie - 17Kills #5 Perinar, Brenna - 21
2 Players (#7,#20) - 2Blocks 2 Players (#6,#10) - 3
#10 Ewalt, Alex - 32Digs #1 Alles, Leah - 39
#5 Quakenbush, Micki - 5Aces #6 Withey, Brooklyn - 2
Olivet NazareneTeam StatisticsSt. Francis (IL)
.199Hitting %: .184
3.0Blocks: 5.0
109Digs: 111
8Aces: 3

JOLIET, Ill. – The St. Francis volleyball team improved to 2-1 in the CCAC with a thrilling five-set win over Olivet Nazarene University.

Trailing two sets to one and 21-20 in the fourth set, USF (6-9, 2-1 CCAC) won five of the next seven points to force a decisive final frame. The Saints found themselves trailing again in the fifth, this time 8-4, but roared back with seven consecutive points after a timeout. The run included six kills split evenly between Jade Livesay-Groark (Newberg, Ore./Newberg)JoAnna Nowicki (Morris, Ill./Morris) and Brenna Perinar (Channahon, Ill./Minooka). St. Francis did not trail the rest of the way and put away the match on another Perinar kill.

Perinar shattered her career-high in kills, totaling 21 to lead the USF attack. Five others finished with at least eight, including Taylor Valant (Saint Anne, Ill./Bishop McNamara) who also reached double figures with 12. Defensively, six Saints reached double-digit digs, including 39 from Leah Alles (Tinley Park, Ill./Providence Catholic).

Neither team led by more than two early in the opening frame. The Saints took a 10-7 lead with a 5-0 run that included kills from Perinar, Valant and Livesay-Groark. USF only surrendered the lead once for the remainder of the set and a pair of Perinar kills gave the Saints a 25-22 opener.

The Tigers dominated the second set, hitting .359 on its way to a 25-10 victory. Olivet Nazarene also jumped ahead in the third with an early 5-0 run and held the advantage throughout the rest of the frame.

USF came back in both the fourth and fifth sets to take the win.

The Saints hit .184 as a team, led by Livesay-Groark (nine kills, .333 hitting percentage), Perinar (21, .232) and Brooklyn Withey (Lapeer, Mich./Lapeer) (eight, .222).

Olivet Nazarene hit .199 for the match with Lizzie Jackson (17 kills) and Jeslyn Roat (15) leading the charge.

The Saints take a break from conference play on Thursday, September 14 when they travel to Indiana University Northwest for a 7:00 p.m. start.