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Saint Francis (Pa.) Fends Off Lindenwood in Five Sets

Saint Francis (Pa.) Fends Off Lindenwood in Five Sets

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The Saint Francis men's volleyball team was able to hold off a Lindenwood rally to clinch a 3-2 win on Saturday in the final day of the CBU Invite in Riverside, Calif. The Red Flash ended the invitational with a 2-1 record. Saint Francis won, 25-17, 25-23, 20-25, 15-25 and 16-14.

Jeff Hogan (Northern Cambria, Pa./Northern Cambria) and Daniel Ford (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) were named to the CBU Ayres Hotels Invitational All-Tournament Team.

Hogan led Saint Francis with 18 kills, while Michael Fisher (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley (Pepperdine)) added 12 and Stephen Braswell (Manchester, Pa./Northeastern) contributed with 11. Hogan finished the match with a .467 hitting percentage. Ford finished with 39 assists, while Gabe Woffindin (Allentown, Pa./William Allen) tallied a team-high 11 digs. Keith Kegerreis (Chambersburg, Pa./Chambersburg) recorded a match-high seven blocks.

Saint Francis (2-1) would use a 3-0 run to take an 8-6 lead after a back-and-fourth battle in the fifth and deciding set. LIndenwood would fight back, tying the match at 12-12 and 14-14, but kills from Braswell and Fisher would give the Flash a 16-14 victory.

The Red Flash opened the match on a 6-2 run, and never looked back. SFU would take their largest lead of the match at 20-10. Hogan led the Flash with four kills in the first set.

Despite jumping out to an early 3-1 lead in the second set, Saint Francis trailed 10-8. Both teams would continue to trade points midway through the set. A Hogan kill sparked a 6-1 run to take a 24-20 advantage. However, the Lions roared back to pull within one at 24-23, but a Lindenwood attack error would give SFU the set, 25-23.

Lindenwood pull out to a commanding 8-4 lead in the third set, but Saint Francis would score five of the next six points to pull even at 9-9. SFU would eventually tie the set at 18-18 but the Lions would outscore the Flash, 7-2, down the stretch to win, 25-20.

LIndenwood cruised to a 25-15 victory in the fourth set.

Saint Francis returns to action on Thursday at No. 15 Ball State at 7:30 p.m.