Accuracy Propels Volleyball To 3-0 Victory Over St. Francis (N.Y.)
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Grace Hill (Kalamazoo, Mich.) hit a match-high 15 kills and four Red Foxes had at least seven kills and a .375 hitting percentage as the Marist volleyball team cruised to a 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-16) win over St. Francis (N.Y.) at the Crosstown Tournament. The win extended the Red Foxes winning streak to five consecutive matches.
Hill finished with 15 kills to just three attacking errors for a .387 hitting percentage. Mackenzie Stephens (Holland, Mich.) was perfect with nine kills and zero errors for a .600 hitting percentage and Courtney Shaw (Centennial, Colo.) also did not commit an error with five kills, hitting at a .556 clip. Becca Jones (Arlington, Va.) finished with seven kills and just one error for a .429 hitting percentage. Audra Brady (Allentown, Pa.) played the first two sets and finished with 24 assists while Amanda Schlegel (Austin, Texas) had 16 assists in the third set. Brooke Zywick (Garden City, Mich.) led the defense with a match-high 15 digs.
Marist (6-3) jumped out to a 14-6 lead in the first set on the back of three kills apiece from both Stephens and Hill. Jones also added two kills and Marisa Gilbert (Pflugerville, Texas) contributed a service ace. With the lead down to five at 19-14, the Red Foxes scored five straight points, and six out of seven, on kills by Shaw, Jones and Gilbert and an ace from Gena Russo (Rensselaer, N.Y.) to win the set 25-15. Hill led all players with six kills in the set and Stephens was right behind her with five. Overall, Marist hit .538 as a team, finishing the set with 16 kills and just two errors.
The second set was tight at the beginning, but three straight points on kills by Shaw, Jones and Gilbert gave Marist a 10-7 lead. Leading 13-10, the Red Foxes rattled off another 5-0 run, on the back of a kill and ace from Jones and a solo block by Stephens, to take a commanding 18-10 lead. Marist finished the set on a 5-2 run, on two kills by Hill and one from Gilbert to win the second frame 25-16. Hill had another four kills in the second set while Stephens, Jones and Gilbert each had two. Zywick had six digs.
An early 4-0 run gave Marist a 5-1 lead at the beginning of the third set. Stephens led the early charge with two kills and teamed with Schlegel for a pair of blocks. With the lead down to just one at 5-4, the Red Foxes went on a tear, scoring 10 of 11 points to take a controlling 15-5 lead. Hill led the streak with four kills while Shaw had two and Gilbert added another. A kill by freshman Amanda Bradley (East Haven, Conn.) finished the set and the match. Hill topped off her afternoon with another five kills in the third frame and Zywick added another six digs.