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Saint Francis (Ind.) (3-11; 2-2)24252518153
Goshen (7-7; 0-3)26201925132
Goshen, IN
Saint Francis (Ind.)Indv. LeadersGoshen
#7 Kendra Siefring - 13Kills 2 Players (#9,#14) - 11
3 Players - 4Blocks #9 Darienne Maust - 7
#8 Valorie Flick - 32Digs #4 Jennifer Ritchie - 16
4 Players - 1Aces 2 Players (#5,#6) - 2
Saint Francis (Ind.)Team StatisticsGoshen
0.110Hitting %: 0.112
9.5Blocks: 13.0
74Digs: 64
4Aces: 6
Women's Volleyball - Wed, Sep. 13, 2017

By Tony Miller
Sports Information Director

GOSHEN, Ind. — The Goshen College Maple Leafs showed flashes of brilliance early and late, but stringing together three winning sets was another story in a five-set Crossroads League women's volleyball loss to the University of Saint Francis on Wednesday in Gunden Gymnasium.

Goshen (7-7, 0-3) got a team-high 11 kills from both Darienne Maust and Natalie Omtvedt while Maust racked up a season-high-tying eight blocks. Saint Francis (3-11, 2-2) countered with nine team blocks of its own, goading their hosts into 30 attack errors, while Goshen would post 13 team stonewalls and come one short of its 2017 best.

The Maple Leafs started the match out on the right foot with a 26-24 win in the opening stanza behind four winners from Maust and three from Omtvedt. The teams traded 7-2 runs to start before Goshen used an 8-3 spurt to take a 17-12 lead. The Cougars countered with 11 of the next 15 to take a 23-21 lead before five USF errors in six points closed out the set.

The visitors sucked the drama out of the second set quickly, taking a 10-4 edge behind four kills, two blocks and an ace and never letting Goshen get closer than two points—and then only once—in a 25-20 win. The third period was tied 13-all before USF won nine of 11 points to break it open and win 25-19.

Neither team managed a winner in a 15-point span in the middle of game four, with the score going from 10-7 to 18-14 in Goshen's favor in the process. Maust got four of Goshen's last seven points at the net, sandwiched around a Hallie Vanitvelt ace and capped by a spike from Lindsay McQuinn, as GC leveled the match 25-18.

The fifth set stood tied at every number from one through five before two Maple Leaf attack errors pushed USF to a 9-6 lead. GC would counter with one more run of its own, a five-point spurt finished off by a MacKinnon Tracy kill that was initially ruled out before being reversed to a deflection, to take an 11-9 lead. But the visitors had the last laugh, winning six of the final eight points to take the match 15-13. Megan Diagostino posted two kills and a block in the final run.

Kendra Siefring paced all players with 13 winners, followed on her own team by 11 from Diagostino and 10 each off the hands of Cassidy Rammel and Ava Kunkler. The length of the match combined with the blocking prowess of each team to create high attack totals: three players on each side were charged with at least six hitting errors, and the combined total of 67 accounted for more than a third of the match's points.

Saint Francis hit .345 with 13 kills and three errors in the third set: that and Goshen's .243 clip in the fourth were the only sets in which either team hit above .150. Siefring, Diagostino and Meghan Gerke (eight winners in 19 swings) were the only players to hit above .200.

USF libero Valorie Flick posted a match-high 32 digs, doubling up the Goshen best of 16 by Jennifer Ritchie. Ally Roehr added 21 assists for GC while Vanitvelt contributed 20, combining to fall short of the 45 by the Cougars' Maria Pelak.

Serving proved an adventure in both directions, with each team racking up nine errors. Goshen had six aces to their guests' four, with Roehr and Vanitvelt the only players to register more than one.

Goshen will have little time to find its footing as it prepares for two conference road matches in as many days against teams receiving national honors. The Maple Leafs visit Marian University, the ninth team out of the NAIA Women's Volleyball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, at 7 p.m. Friday before going to 20th-ranked Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday