The Lady Lancers (12-5; 7-2 Crossroads League) had a plus-20 advantage in kills, led by 15 kills from sophomore Alicia Gosney.
In the opening set, Grace broke open a back-and-forth game with a short spurt to lead by four and force a timeout. The Lady Lancers maintained their distance en route to a 25-17 win.
Grace tallied 3 service aces, 1 solo block and 2 block assists to aid their cause in the first set.
Saint Francis responded by leveling the set count with a 25-17 win in set two. The Cougars scored four points in a row to take a 15-14 lead and continued their momentum to win by eight.
Grace came out firing in the third set, doubling the Cougars’ score midway through the set. The Lady Lancer offense was nearly unstoppable with 16 kills and one error for a team percentage of .625.
St. Francis made their push midway through the set to cut Grace’s lead to four, but the Lady Lancers used an 8-1 run to put the game out of reach. Gosney’s kill finished the third set as Grace won 25-14.
The Lady Lancers looked to ease away in the fourth set as they led 16-10. The Cougars would not go down without a fight, however, as they continually battled back into contention down the stretch.
Gosney provided a pair of timely kills late in the set to keep St. Francis at bay as Grace clinched the match with a 25-22 win.
Christina LeBlanc’s 45 assists allowed three Lady Lancers to reach double-digit kills. Gosney tied for match honors with 15 kills on a .357 percentage. She also added two block assists.
Dana Johnston pounded out 12 kills on a .364 percentage, and Stefanie Bolt added 12 kills on a .321 percentage.
Arielle Walters was strong on both sides of the net as she totaled 7 kills, 5 block assists and 1 solo block. Alix Underwood provided a spark off the bench with five kills and a solo block.
Calah Kruse and Bethany Whitcraft led all players with 12 digs, and Hannah Clemmons chipped in with six digs.
Overall, Grace’s team connected at a .289 hitting percentage while St. Francis hit at a .132 clip. Grace also earned a 9-1 advantage in block points and a 56-36 advantage in kills.
The Lady Lancers wrap up the weekend with four matches at the Indiana Tech Tournament. Grace will play Olivet Nazarene and No. 22 Cornerstone on Friday before facing Indiana Tech and Aquinas on Saturday.