No. 10 IPFW Survives Saint Francis Comeback


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Loretto, Pa. - The Saint Francis Red Flash already have one victory over a ranked opponent on their resume this season, knocking off No. 12 George Mason. The Red Flash nearly got their second tonight in Loretto, Pennsylvania, but No. 10 IPFW had enough at the finish to pull out the match, 3-2.

The Mastodons won by the scores of 30-20, 30-21, 27-30, 25-30, and 15-11.

IPFW cruised in the first two sets, hitting .562 and .375, respectively. The Red Flash didn't put up much of a struggle in those sets, hitting .074 and .103.

But, Saint Francis came out firing in the third set as sophomore outside hitter Nick Rivett put down a pair of kills to open up a, 7-3 lead.

IPFW battled back to tie the game a number of times, including 26-all off of a pair of kills from senior outside hitter C.J. Macias.

Saint Francis would put game three on ice with kills from sophomores Jordan Varee and Patrick McManaman.

Game four again was a close affair, but after a tie at 23-all, the Red Flash went on a 7-3 run, finishing it out on another Rivett kill.

IPFW regrouped in game five, taking a 5-2 lead on a kill by senior middle Josh Stewart.

Varee got Saint Francis to within two at 11-9, but the 'Dons could see the finish line, and ended the 2:10 match on the final of Macias' match-high 20 kills.

Senior opposite Jason Yhost joined Macias in the double-digit kills column with 14, as did Stewart with 10. "Big Red" also figured in on 9 blocks in the match (3 solo/6 assists).

Sophomore libero Matt Pliske led IPFW's defensive effort with 11 digs.

Rivett led Saint Francis (5-5) with 18 kills, while Varee chipped in 18.

With the win, IPFW's fifth in-a-row, the Mastodons improve to 5-2. They will face a huge test Saturday night, taking on No. 2 Penn State in Happy Valley. Match time is 7:00 p.m.

Article courtesy of IPFW athletics.

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