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      Lakers volleyball give Constantino first victory of 2013

      SAULT STE. MARIE - Jen Marren, Gaby Olsen and Chloe Balanda all hit double figures in kills for the Lake Superior State volleyball team, which swept Tiffin 25-20, 25-20, 25-21 to give Jen Constantino her first coaching victory at LSSU.

      The Lakers (1-11 overall, 1-7 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) reeled off four straight points to battle back from a 14-10 deficit during the opening set. Back-to-back kills by Balanda and Olsen gave LSSU a 20-18 lead later in the set, and Sydne McMullen closed it out with another kill.

      LSSU stormed to an 8-3 lead during the second set. Tiffin (6-7 overall, 1-7 GLIAC) closed within two points on two occasions, but never got any closer. After Marren led the Lakers with seven kills during the first set, Balanda came through with a team-high six during the second set.

      Set 3 was a back-and-forth battle that ended on a kill by Marren, followed by a Tiffin attack error. Snyder led LSSU with six kills during the final set.

      For the match, Marren finished with 13 kills and a .314 attack percentage, while Olsen had 11 kills and a .400 attack rate. Balanda totaled 10 kills with her most impressive being a straight-down hit for a 23-20 LSSU lead during the last set. Snyder finished with nine kills.

      LSSU totaled 50 team kills to Tiffin's 33. Olivia Cobb led the Dragons with nine kills.

      Janelle Nagy finished with 43 assists, and Meghan Drobish totaled 16 digs. McMullen led in blocks with three block assists.

      LSSU plays host to Ohio Dominican at 1 p.m. Saturday.