STEUBENVILLE, Ohio- The Lady Baron's started off the Marcia French Memorial Tournament with a successful night, defeating Franklin & Marshal and John Carroll in five games a piece. This brings the Lady Baron's to 5-2 on the season and 3-0 in matches the go to a fifth game, helping the team reach one of its preseason goals.
"It was a goal for this team to win their five game matches, and we got it done tonight," said Coach Kelly Herrmann after two long games. "I could not be prouder."
Herrmann was very excited about her teams desire to win during a grueling second match against John Carroll.
"We have been waiting to beat them since last year. They have twice as many girls as we do. I know this win is a motivator for us," Herrmann said.
Franciscan's first victory of the tournament was against Franklin & Marshall, (25-19) (15-25) (25-22) (23-25) (15-11). The Lady Barons to show character and control in getting the win against a tough Diplomat's team. Franciscan won the match with timely offensive strikes from senior Anna Cain who led the team with 15 kills, while Amy O' Keefe distributed 12 kills. The girls highlighted their strong defense as Sam Kelly saved her team with 34 digs and senior Christina Lawrence added another 23 digs.
"This was a very exciting and very tough match. As a team, we were able to manage our emotions very well," Herrmann said. "We stayed in control for a two and a half hour match. I could not be more proud of our girls"
The Lady Barons then defeated John Carroll (25-23) (25-12) (11-25) (16-25) (15-9). This win was especially meaningful for Coach Herrmann who was excited to avenge last season's loss to the Blue Streaks. The Lady Barons had complete composure after losing almost all of their momentum in games three and four. The girls stayed positive and came back to win the clinching match. Crucial substitutions and competitive attitudes helped get a satisfying win for FUS.
"It reflects character and determination to win a game like this" Herrmann said. "They relied on each other. There was not an ounce of selfishness. If there was, we would have lost that game"
Anna Cain had continued her solid play from the first match of the day by adding 14 kills in the second match. Freshman, Dani Link, had her best game of the season with 13 kills
"Dani Link in particular played very well in the second match.", said Herrmann. "She played a great game. She had a lot of touches on balls. She controlled the net."
Defensively, Christina Lawrence had 30 digs and Sam Kelly had 25 digs.
After two emotional wins Friday night, the Lady Barons take the court to finish the Marcia French Memorial tournament on September 8 against Buffalo State University and Case Western Reserve.