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Clarkson/Leigh volleyball lost the opening match of its home invite against Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, 25-19, 25-18, but bounced back to win it's next two matches and take fifth place.  

Clarkson/Leigh defeated Aquinas in first round of consolations, 12-25, 25-22, 25-13, and defeated Howells-Dodge in the fifth-place match. 25-20, 25-18. 

Howells-Dodge lost its opening match to Oakland-Craig, 25-19, 16-25, 25-15 before defeating Pender in the first round of the consolation bracket  25-19, 25-21. 

Clarkson/Leigh is now 12-7 on the season. The Patriots competed in a triangular at Shelby-Rising City on Tuesday and will travel to Humphrey St. Francis on Thursday. 

Howells-Dodge is now 13-7 on the season. 

The Jaguars competed at Stanton on Tuesday and will play in a four-team round robin on Saturday at Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family. 

Clarkson/Leigh def. Howells-Dodge, 25-20, 25-18: In the fifth-place match, Clarkson/Leigh junior Cassidy Hoffman led the Patriots in kills with nine. Howells-Dodge sophomore Brooklyn Macholan finished with seven. 

Hoffman also blocked a team-high four shots.

"We finished the day with Howells-Dodge, another much anticipated rematch. The energy from the last match carried over, and we did all the little things right," Clarkson/Leigh coach Becky Schneider said. "We attacked, stayed aggressive, and took care of the ball. We really came together and played as a unit. It was really good to see that we could pull together and play the way we did."  

Clarkson/Leigh sophomore Kennedy Settje recorded 11 digs, sophomore Makenna Held finished with 15 assists and Settje and Brittney Urbanek both had 10 serve receptions. 

"Saturday we just made a few too many errors and we struggled with our passing," Howells-Dodge head coach Taryn Janke said. "If we minimized the errors we probably would have been right there with each team battling for each set."

Clarkson/Leigh def. Aquinas Catholic, 12-25, 25-22, 25-13: Junior Kayden Schumacher led the Patriots with 10 kills, two aces and nine digs to help get the win over Aquinas. 

Hoffman had five blocks, Held had 24 assists and Urbanek had 15 serve receptions.

"Playing Aquinas, we started out the same way making mental mistakes and not taking care of the ball," Schneider said. "Middle of the second set, there was a longer rally which we won the point and that was the turning point for us. That sparked the fire, and we never looked back.  

Howells-Dodge def. Pender, 25-19, 25-21: Howells-Dodge lone victory came against Pender. No stats for the match were available.  

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family def. Clarkson/Leigh, 25-19, 25-18: Senior Kim Stodola had five kills and Hoffman and Schumacher added four each, but it wasn't enough to defeat HLHF. 

Junior Bailey Lemburg served one ace, Hoffman tallied two blocks, Settje had 16 digs and 10 serve receptions and Held had 13 assists.

"We definitely ended the tournament better than how we started," Schneider said. "We had a rematch with H/LHF first round and we thought we'd have a different outcome than last time. However, we just didn't perform well at all. We did not take care of the ball. We were making mistakes that we haven't been making, and we did not come together when we needed too. We just gave them way too many points from errors that we could control. 

Oakland-Craig def. Howells-Dodge, 25-19, 16-25, 25-15: Howells-Dodge lost in the opening round. No stats were available for the game.  

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net 

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