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Lady Indians Move To 12-4

The Lady Indian volleyball team picked up two more wins on Tuesday, September 19, moving their season record to 12-4. In matches played in Bethune, CO, the Lady Indians defeated Bethune 25-14, 25-15 and Weskan 25-9, 25-14.

St. Francis opened the evening against the home-standing Lady Bobcats. Though Bethune played scrappy defense, their lack of a powerful offensive threat made easy work for the Lady Indians. Each Lady Indian suited received playing time in each set of the Bethune match. St. Francis completed six runs of three or more points in the first set while holding Bethune to only two. The Lady Indians jumped out to a 4-0 lead aided by two ace serves from Lauren Johnson. After an attack error, the Lady Indians earned three more consecutive points on an ace by Madison Tice, a Bethune attack error, and a swing-hit kill by Jessica Confer to lead 8-1. Bethune trimmed the lead to 9-4 before a four-point Lady Indian run including kills by Hanna Bracelin, Emileigh Dinkel, and Hannah Zimbal moved the scoreboard to 13-4. A series of St. Francis passing errors and a tip-kill by Bethune narrowed the margin to 14-9. The Lady Indians answered with kills by Dinkel and Lindsey Johnson and a deep-tip by Bracelin. The next SF three-point run moved the score to 21-12. The final Lady Indian run closed the set. The four-point run included two kills by Bracelin and an ace by Karly Bandel. St. Francis won set one 25-14.

The second set of the match was similar. The Lady Bobcats jumped out to a 3-5 lead due to several SF miscues before the Lady Indians reeled off 7 straight points to lead 10-5. The run included three aces by Karly Bandel and kills from Jessica Confer and Hanna Bracelin. The outburst triggered a Bethune time-out. A series of errors by both teams followed. Leading 12-9, the next SF run of six points moved the score to 18-9 and included a strong kill by Emileigh Dinkel, a deep-tip by Hanna Bracelin, a kill by Lindsey Johnson (E. Dinkel set), an ace by Taighe Weeter, and two missed serves by Bethune. Bethune aided the Lady Indians with four missed serves in the set. The final St. Francis point was scored on a kill by Hannah Zimbal.

The first set against Weskan contained three large runs by the Lady Indians as they cruised to a lop-sided win. St. Francis jumped out to a 7-1 lead scoring seven consecutive points including kills from Lindsey Johnson, Emileigh Dinkel, and Jessica Confer; a stuff-block by Lindsey Johnson; and an ace by Lauren Johnson. The run ended on a SF attack error. Then it was Weskan's turn. The Lady Coyotes closed the margin to 8-7 before the Lady Indians used a time-out to regroup. After the time-out, the Lady Indians rallied for eight straight points to lead 16-7. The run contained a stuff and two kills by Confer and an ace by Karly Bandel. A setting error stopped the run, and the single point allowed was followed by another SF run of eight more points. This run included two kills and two aces by Confer and an over-pass kill by Hanna Bracelin to move the score to  24-8. St. Francis won game one 25-9.

In set two, St. Francis took a 2-0 lead on a deep-tip by Lauren Johnson, but after a series of errors by both teams the score became tied at 5-all on a missed serve by the Lady Indians. Weskan then forged a 5-8 lead on three more Lady Indian errors. St. Francis then scored six consecutive points to lead 11-8. The surge included a kill by Emileigh Dinkel and deep-tip and ace by Hanna Bracelin. The 5th missed serve by Weskan in the set gave the Lady Indians a 13-12 lead. The Lady Indians then won 12 of the next 14 volleys to seal a 25-14 win. Along the way Lauren Johnson served consecutive aces, Jessica Confer added two kills, Emileigh Dinkel added a kill, Lindsey Johnson recorded a stuff, and Hanna Bracelin scored on a deep-tip. St. Francis won game two 25-14.

The Lady Indians will play Chase County and Dundy County - Stratton, in Imperial, on Thursday, September 21.

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