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Prairie Star volleyball flies by Benedictine

The Prairie Stars had little trouble sweeping the Bulldogs in three sets to win against Benedictine-Springfield, giving them a 5-4 record at home.

Preparing for the GLVC/GLIAC crossover tournament, the volleyball team played Benedictine-Springfield Wednesday at TRAC. The non-conference exhibition served as the next step for the team before the upcoming weekend.

The Prairie Stars held the Bulldogs to a .056 hitting percentage while hitting a .357 for the night, with 34 kills, nine errors and 70 attempts.

UIS made quick work in the first set, only allowing the Bulldogs 10 points. The Prairie Stars got off to an early 11-3 lead, before the Bulldogs took their first time out. The bulldogs brought back the score within seven points but could not get any closer.

The second set was much like the first. The closest the Bulldogs came was 8-5, but the Prairie Stars pulled away to take the set 25-13.

The third set was the closest the Bulldogs came to winning for the night. Benedictine stayed within 2-3 points behind UIS but could not score enough to tie. The Prairie Stars jumped to a 19-13 lead. The Bulldogs ended the final set with 18 points. UIS recorded 13 kills in the third set, with one error – hitting a .522 percentage.

Senior Kellee Mahaffay held the team high for eight kills, while freshman Becca Stoczynski recorded six kills and had a .600 hitting percentage with no errors. Freshman Ashley Beaton also recorded six kills for the evening.

Junior JoAnna Hoffman had 24 assists and just missed a double-double with seven digs. Freshman libero Kayla Katarzynski recorded the team high of nine digs, two assists and one ace.

“I think we have been a little stressed lately,” said head coach Noelle Rooke. “We haven’t won as many games as we wanted to so tonight was more about calming our nerves and going out there and having fun.” The Prairie Stars are now 5-4 at home Rooke believes that there is nothing like playing at your home court with all the support.

Mahaffay thought the game went well. “It wasn’t like we played our best but we didn’t play our worst and a win is a win no matter how you get it.”

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