|Graceland (4-3, 0-2 Heart)||15||23||17||0|
|Clarke (8-1, 2-0 Heart)||25||25||25||3|
|#12 Runyan, Emma - 9||Kills||#9 Davis, Kasey - 8|
|4 Players - 1||Blocks||3 Players - 3|
|#3 Stewart, Sydney - 10||Digs||#5 Smith, Ashley - 10|
|4 Players - 1||Aces||2 Players (#5,#7) - 3|
DUBUQUE, IA- The Clarke University Pride (8-1, 2-0 Heart) defeated the Graceland University Yellowjackets (4-3, 0-2 Heart) in a three-set conference match 25-15, 25-23, 25-17.
Head coach Stew McDole said the following after the game, "Clarke was better than us tonight. They are a solid platform team and when their ball control is good they run fast. Tonight they spent more time in system than we did. We will look forward to round two."
Clarke University came strong, taking the early lead. After an accumulation of errors on Graceland's end, the score became 22-9, favoring the Pride. The Jackets rallied a bit in the end, closing the gap to 22-14. The deficit turned out to be too great, as Graceland fell in the first set 25-15.
The second set in this match against Clarke got off to a much better start. The Jackets and Pride seemingly went point for point until the scores were tied nine all. Clarke was able to break away, from Graceland moving ahead. Things seemed to be over with CU holding the edge at 23-15, butGU fought back; going on a tremendous attacking run. Graceland closed in on Clarke, and brought the scores as close as 24-23. Unfortunately, GU could not hold on, and fell once again; this time 25-23.
The third set followed in the footsteps of the previous ones; Graceland and Clarke exchanged points until Clarke took off, once again, on a run. GU battled, but at last, could not overcome CU. The Jackets were overcome by the Pride25-17.
Clarke hit 0.235 percent in the contest, to Graceland's 0.074 percent.
Leading the Jackets in kills was sophomore, Emma Ruyan, who earned nine. Not far behind were junior, Megan Kneib, and senior, Keslie Sickles, both tallying five apiece. The three setters combined to earn 27 assists for Graceland. As a team, GU collected 37 digs on the night.
Women's volleyball plays next in Baldwin City, KS on Friday and Saturday at the Baker Invitational.
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