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Communication goes far in volleyball. Just ask the Space Station Spikers.

The two-time defending champions beat the Energizers 25-19, 25-22 on Thursday night at the west court in the Marshall Wellness Center. They advanced to the semifinals in the Division A tournament.

“We started talking,” Space Station Spikers captain Alysse Bishop said. “And kept up our hustle the whole time. We had high energy.”

Shawn Finnegan had eight kills and three digs for the Spikers (3-0). Shawn Roberts had five kills, three blocks and two digs. Andrew Walters added four kills while Bishop made six digs.

Harold Gerrish had five kills and two aces for the Energizers (2-2). Brett Frazier made seven kills and Anna Gaffin had five digs.

“We were awful, absolutely awful,” Gerrish, the team captain, said. “The game was close but we just fouled it up. Totally easy ones. I mean it was a giveaway.”

In the night’s first match, the Energizers beat the Rocket City Raptors 25-16, 25-13. Gerrish had six kills and two aces. Gaffin had four aces and two digs while Frazier made three aces and two kills.

Max VanKeuren had five kills as the Rocket City Raptors (0-3) fell to the losers bracket. Ellie Pollock had five aces and two kills. Zack Standridge made three kills and two blocks. Adrian Soler added two kills.

“Not good enough,” Raptors captain Adam Butt said. “But fun as always.”

In the second match, Netropy advanced by beating the Flying Penguins 25-23, 25-15. Kyle Cossey had nine kills for Netropy (1-2). Jarrod King had five aces and four digs. Kirk Johnson made five kills while Preston Plese had two.

“We had six players tonight, not four or five,” Netropy captain Mallory Johnston, who made three digs, said. “Having a full team always helps.”

Alex Thomas had six kills, John Rogers had three and Alex Allen added two for the Flying Penguins (1-2). Ben Craigmyle made two digs.

“Just got outhit,” Allen, the team captain, said. “First game the difference was our missed serves. We had four to start the game.”

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