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Saint Francis (Pa.) Gets Past Princeton in Five Sets

Saint Francis (Pa.) Gets Past Princeton in Five Sets

LORETTO, Pa. – Jeff Hogan (Northern Cambria, Pa./Northern Cambria) led the Saint Francis men's volleyball past Princeton in EIVA action on Saturday afternoon at DeGol Arena. The Flash won 16-25, 25-15, 25-19, 19-25 and 15-13.

SFU improves to 11-14 overall and 6-4 in conference play, while Princeton falls to 10-12 and 6-5 in the EIVA.

Hogan led the Flash with 19 kills to go along with six digs and two blocks. He finished the match with a .343 hitting percentage. Daniel Ford (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) added 47 assists and 10 digs for his second straight double-double while Gabe Woffindin (Allentown, Pa./William Allen) chipped in with 10 digs. Stephen Braswell (Manchester, Pa./Northeastern) was second on the squad with 15 kills while Michael Fisher (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley (Pepperdine)) contributed with 14 kills and three service aces. Kendall Ratter led Princeton with 17 kills.

Kills from Braswell and Hogan provided the Flash with a 7-5 lead in the decisive fifth set. Saint Francis continued to maintain a two-point advantage until a SFU service error cut the Flash lead to one, 10-9. The two sides then traded points as the Flash looked for separation. A Ratter kill brought Princeton within a point at 14-13, but Braswell's 15th kill of the match ended the set and match for the Flash, 15-13.

The Flash never led in the first match, as the Tigers jumped out to an early 5-3 advantage. Saint Francis chipped away at Princeton's lead and tied the set at 7-7, but the Tigers responded with a 4-0 run and the Flash were unable to recover. A SFU attack error ultimately ended the set in Princeton's favor, 25-16.

To start the second set, Princeton jumped out to an early 6-3 advantage. Two Fisher service aces highlighted a 6-0 Red Flash run to hold a 9-6 lead. With the Flash looking to take control of the set, leading 11-8, the Tigers scored three of the next four points to make it a one-point set, 12-11. A kill from Braswell and two kills from Fisher and Hogan provided the Flash with the cushion they need, scoring the next seven points to take a commanding 19-11 lead. Saint Francis ran away with the set, 25-15.

A kill from Hogan and two kills from Fisher propelled the Flash to a 6-2 lead to start the third set. The Tigers clawed their way back to cut the deficit to 7-5, but the Flash replied with a mini run to take a 10-5 lead. Saint Francis stayed ahead for the rest of the set, leading by as many as seven while taking it 25-19 on a Princeton service error.

Princeton opened the fourth set with an 8-4 lead, forcing Saint Francis to call a timeout. Fisher recorded a kill and his third service ace of the match to bring the Flash within just two at 9-7. Princeton rattled off five unanswered points to extend the Tigers' advantage to seven at 15-8. A SFU service error sent the match to a decisive fifth set.

Saint Francis hits the road to face Harvard and Sacred Heart next weekend.