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Saints report: CSS almost pulls off upset but Pipers win five-set thriller in UMAC volleyball

Larson helps Hamline win back-and-forth contest at Reif Gym.

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Sydney Larson had 16 kills and 20 digs to lead Hamline to a 23-25, 25-22, 25-15, 23-25, 15-9 victory over St. Scholastica in UMAC volleyball Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, in Duluth.

Sydney Larson had 16 kills and 20 digs to lead Hamline to a 3-2 (23-25, 25-22, 25-15, 23-25, 15-9) victory over St. Scholastica in MIAC volleyball Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, before 129 at Reif Gymnasium in Duluth.

Megan Rubbelke paced the offense with 44 set assists and her younger sister, Jenna Rubbelke, led the defense with 24 digs for the Pipers (16-5 overall, 6-1 MIAC), who had a 17-4 advantage in service aces.

Duluth Denfeld’s Ashley Larson had 11 kills, Haley Rohwer was tough along the net with six blocks and Katie Brostrom paced the offense with 28 set assists and Caitlin Schneeweis of Duluth Denfeld (25), Alcia Draper (24) and Alana Mayry (20) all had at least 20 digs for the Saints (2-8, 2-4), who were without standout Jessica Remer.

CSS travels to St. Paul for a 7 p.m. UMAC contest with Macalester.

CROSS COUNTRY
Boone sets Saints’ new 8K record

St. Scholastica sophomore Calvin Boone set the Saints’ new 8-kilometer record by placing 10th at the Jim Drews Invitational in West Salem, Wisconsin.

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Boone covered the course in 25 minutes, 11 seconds, with Iowa Central freshman Aspel Kiprob winning in 24:16.45.

Boone was eight seconds better than the previous program record of 25:19 by Chris Lawson in 2014.

St. Scholastica’s top women’s finisher was Maj-Lis Helmer, a sophomore from Duluth East who posted the program’s fifth-fastest 6K by finishing sixth in 22:19.04. Wisconsin-La Crosse senior Emma Malooly won in 22:07.16.

The meet drew a large field with 380 men and 283 women finishing the race.

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