C.J. Selner, Athletic Communications Director
CHICAGO – Trying to keep the hot start to Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) play going, the University of St. Francis volleyball team hit the road again Thursday night to take on the Roosevelt Lakers. The match was close all night long inside the Goodman Center. The Fighting Saints were able to come out victorious in five sets behind a career high 25 kills by Desiree Anderson.
Trailing 2-0 early in set five, the Saints did not panic. USF then scored five of the next six points to take the lead in the set, behind two Anderson kills and a Kaylie Sippel ace.
Anderson’s 25 kills were the most in a match for a USF player since Jazzmyne Robbbins had 26 against Indiana South Bend in 2012. She recorded her sixth double-double of the season, recording 10 digs to go along with the 25 kills.
Sipple recorded a season high 43 assists. Gabby Paelmo led the team with 19 digs.
With the win USF extends their winning streak to four over Roosevelt and have won the last five matches inside the Goodman Center.
The Saints struggled to keep a rhythm in set one. A 5-0 run gave the Lakers an early 8-4 lead. USF battled their way back into the set with Hannah Pacheco serving, but Roosevelt was able to score the last five points of the set to take the opener 25-21
USF had the offense rolling in set two. The Saints hit .571 in the set and had just one error. A 8-1 run fueled by Anderson and Sippel helped propel the Saints to a 25-15 set two win.
The two sides went back and fourth throughout set three. USF finally gained an advantage late in the set, and Lauren Stefanski put the 25-20 set three win away with a kill.
Roosevelt grabbed an early six-point advantage in set four. The USF block got going, and helped the Saints force extra points, but a Saints attack error and a Roosevelt ace extended the match to a fifth and final set.
In set five, Roosevelt scored the opening two points. USF quickly came storming back to take a lead. The set stayed close until kills by Stephanie Woods and Stefanski opened up a three point advantage. Anderson then put her career high 25th kill away to close out the set 15-13.
The Saints will be back in action on Saturday, Sept. 11 when they welcome Trinity International to the Pat Sullivan Center for the home opener. Opening serve is set for 7 p.m.