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Lady Indians Earn Sweep In Idalia

The Lady Indian volleyball teams earned a sweep over Idalia on Thursday evening, September 5. St. Francis won all three matches played. The evening opened with the junior varsity match. The Lady Indians earned a 20-25, 25-20, 15-13 match victory. The varsity Lady Indians followed with a four-set win over the Lady Wolves 25-17, 25-16, 22-25, 25-16. In the final match of the evening, the Lady Indians earned a 25-11, 25-9 victory completing the sweep. All matches were played in the Idalia High School Gymnasium.

In junior varsity action, Idalia scored the first point on an ace by junior Adriana Herrera. Herrera's second ace moved the score to 0-3. Mireya Palasio-Rocha scored the Lady Indians' first point on a kill ending the next volley. Idalia freshman Jenna Wieser smacked a kill for the Lady Wolves on the ensuing serve. Trailing 1-5, the Lady Indians earned a 3-point run, all coming on miscues by the Lady Wolves. An over-pass tip by Idalia freshman Alyssa Jones moved the score to 4-7. A six-point run soon gave the Lady Wolves a 5-13 lead even though St. Francis attempted to halt the momentum with a time-out. All but one of the points came on SF miscues; freshman Naidelin Estrada scored on an ace during the run. A tip-kill by Rian Zimbal finally stopped the run, but the Lady Wolves then tacked on 4 more quick points moving the margin to 6-17. In the run, Herrera earned a tip-kill and freshman Alma Cordova scored on an ace. Hadleigh Hilt's back-row kill ended this run. The strongest kill of the set came from Wieser a short time later moving the scoreboard to 8-19. Another ace by Herrera increased the defict to 8-21. Though the set looked hopeless, the Lady Indians continued to battle, and soon they had won 11 of 12 volleys closing the margin to 20-23. In the action, Hilt scored on a back-row attack, Molly Gilliland scored on an ace, and Bailey Workman added an ace. St. Francis lost game one 20-25, but were playing better as the evening progressed.

Set two opened with a kill by Rian Zimbal. A quick 3-point run by the Lady Indians was soon answered by a 3-point Idalia run. The Idalia run included an two aces by freshman Raquel Lieurance and a kill by Jenna Wieser. A tip by Zimbal into the middle of the Lady Wolves' defense ended the run, but was soon answered by another Wieser kill (4-4). The Lady Indians slowly fell behind and soon trailed 11-15. Behind some consistent serving by Zimbal, the Lady Indians rallied to earn a 9-point run to take a 20-15 lead. In the run, Zimbal served 4 aces and earned a kill, and Mireya Palasio-Rocha also added a cross-court kill. A missed serve ended the run, and Idalia narrowed the advantage to 20-18 on an over-pass kill by Alyssa Jones and an ace by freshman Alma Cordova. St. Francis won the set 25-20 with all of the final points coming on miscues by the Lady Wolves.

The Lady Indians opened set three with a four-point run including a kill by Bailey Workman and an ace by Mireya Palasio-Rocha. Trailing 6-3, the Lady Wolves earned 6 consecutive points to take a 6-8 lead. Fueling the run were two aces by Jenna Wieser, two kills by Alyssa Jones, and an over-pass kill by Naidelin Estrada. A 5-point SF run moved the score to 11-8. This run featured two kills by Workman. An ace by Rian Zimbal moved the scoreboard to 13-9 and triggered an Idalia time-out. Though Idalia pulled within one (14-13) on back-to-back kills by Wieser, the match ended on an service error. St. Francis defeated Idalia 15-13 in the deciding set.

In set one of the varsity match, St. Francis earned an early 6-3 advantage receiving a kill by Jesslynn Houtman and four kills from Mia Morrow. Idalia then reeled off a 5-point run to lead 6-8. The run resulted from 4 SF miscues and an over-pass kill by sophomore Tara Hubbard. Back-to-back kills by Morrow ended the run and helped SF take a 9-8 lead. Tied at 10-all, a tip by Kattie Wurm gave St. Francis the lead for good. Karly Bandel followed with an ace, and Hannah Zimbal soon added a stuff-block. The 7-point Lady Indian run established a 17-10 advantage. The run was halted by a SF service error, but soon the Lady Indians were rolling again. A tip by Zimbal, a kill by Emma Johnson, a dump-set by Bandel, and a Morrow stuff prodded the margin to 10 points (23-13). The Lady Wolves earned a quick 4-point run including a nice kill by sophomore Kylie Wingfield, but the Lady Indians closed the set on a Morrow kill and an Idalia attack error. St. Francis won set one 25-17.

Set two opened on an ace by Hannah Zimbal and off-the-net kill by Mia Morrow. A kill by Jenna Wieser and an ace by Kylie Wingfield gave Idalia a 3-4 lead. Jordyn Faulkender's kill retied the set at 4-all. Morrow's next kill moved the score to 5-6, and soon a 5-point run aided by consistent serves by Karly Bandel resulted in a SF lead. In the run, Zimbal earned a tip-kill, Emma Johnson recorded a stuff-block, and Bandel served an ace. The result was a 10-8 SF lead. Idalia regained the lead on a nice tip along the net and an off-the-net kill by sophomore Cameron Morris. Johnson's stuff-block on an attack by Wingfield retied the set at 11-all. A dump-set by Morris gave the advantage back to the Lady Wolves. Trailing by two, Jesslynn Houtman earned an over-pass kill that was followed by a Zimbal kill off a Faulkender set. The action tied the set at 14. After Idalia tied the set at 16 on an aggressive kill by junior Cloey Jones, St. Francis rolled to a 9-point run to win the set 25-16. The finalizing run included a free-ball kill by Zimbal, two kills by Morrow, a kill by Faulkender, and an ace by Alondra Gomez.

Two kills by Kylie Wingfield and stuff-block by sophomore Porsha Jacobs on Mia Morrow's attack helped give the Lady Wolves a 1-5 advantage in set three. An ace by Emma Johnson trimmed the lead to 3-5, but Idalia followed with a kill by Cameron Morris. Morrow's kill and Johnson's dump-set moved the scoreboard to 5-8. Idalia then earned a 4-point run including a kill by Morris and an ace by senior Brisa Perez. St. Francis called time-out for strategy, but soon trailed 5-12. A three-point SF run, including a kill by Hannah Zimbal and one by Johnson, trimmed the deficit to 10-13; but then the Lady Indians missed a serve. Idalia followed with an ace by senior Aubrey Richards and two kills by Cloey Jones to lead 10-17. St. Francis then used their final time-out. Returning to the floor, a kill by Jesslynn Houtman ended the Idalia run, and the Lady Indians pulled within four (13-17) on the next two volleys. Morrow's through-the-block kill moved the score to 14-18, and was followed by an over-pass kill by Houtman. SF then made three miscues to allow Idalia to lead 15-21. Three successive kills by Morrow narrowed the deficit to 18-21 and triggered a time-out by the Lady Wolves. A net violation narrowed the margin to two (19-21), but Idalia then scored on a first-pass-over kill. Jordyn Faulkender's kill again narrowed the margin to two (20-22), but another missed serve by the Lady Indians followed. Kattie Wurm ended the next volley with a kill for SF (21-23). Idalia won set three 22-25 finalizing with a down-the-line kill by Wingfield.

After the Lady Wolves took a 0-3 lead in the fourth set, St. Francis earned a kill by Hannah Zimbal, an ace by Emma Johnson, and an over-set kill by Mia Morrow to tie the game. An ace by Kylie Wingfield gave Idalia a 3-5 lead, but SF answered with a 4-point run including a kill by Morrow (7-5). A 3-point Lady Indian run ending with a Zimbal kill of an over-pass caused Idalia to use their first time-out at 10-6. The Lady Wolves returned to the floor to score on a kill by Cloey Jones. Another SF run, 4 points in length, featuring a kill and stuff by Zimbal, increased the Lady Indian lead to 14-7. The run was halted by a serving error. Idalia eventually narrowed the margin to 16-12 on another Wingfield kill, but SF responded with a three-point run highlighted by a Morrow kill (19-12). Back-to-back kills by Zimbal and Kattie Wurm extended the lead to 21-13 and set-up the final Idalia time-out. Only one more kill was recorded in the match; it by Idalia's Cameron Morris. The Lady Indians earned a 25-16 win in the deciding game.

The Lady Indians will play Cheylin and Weskan in St. Francis on Tuesday, September 10.

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