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The St. Francis team reacts to their big win during the class 3A girls volleyball championship Saturday at Redbird Arena, on Illinois State campus in Bloomington-Normal.

Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

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Michelle McLaughlin of St. Francis spikes the ball during the class 3A girls volleyball championship Saturday at Redbird Arena, on Illinois State campus in Bloomington-Normal.

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PAUL MICHNA/PMICHNA@DAILYHERALD.COM The St. Francis girls react to their win during the class 3A girls volleyball championship Saturday at Redbird Arena, on Illinois State campus in Bloomington-Normal.

PAUL MICHNA/PMICHNA@DAILYHERALD.COM The St. Francis girls react to their win during the class 3A girls volleyball championship Saturday at Redbird Arena, on Illinois State campus in Bloomington-Normal.

McKenna Kelsay of St. Francis reacts to a good hit during the class 3A girls volleyball championship Saturday at Redbird Arena, on Illinois State campus in Bloomington-Normal.

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Kim Russell of Richmond-Burton,left, goes up for a block while Becca Shearer spikes the ball. This took place during the class 3A girls volleyball championship Saturday at Redbird Arena, on Illinois State campus in Bloomington-Normal.

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Ali Frantti of Richmond-Burton,left, and McKenna Kelsay go up for a ball. this took place during the class 3A girls volleyball championship Saturday at Redbird Arena, on Illinois State campus in Bloomington-Normal.

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Ali Frantti,left, of Richmond-Burton spikes the ball at Maddie Haggerty of St. Francis. this took place during the class 3A girls volleyball championship Saturday at Redbird Arena, on Illinois State campus in Bloomington-Normal.

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A steady stream of tears from Peg Kopec and her St. Francis girls said it all. St. Francis has made little mention this season outside its family of Megan Boken, the ex-Spartan murdered two weeks before its first match. But she was always on the girls' minds and in their hearts. Quietly, her memory is always with them. And on Saturday, wearing the same "lucky state" uniforms that Megan wore when St. Francis last won it all in 2006, sister Mary Boken and the Spartans beat Richmond-Burton 25-21, 25-20 in the Class 3A final at Redbird Arena for their ninth state championship.
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    • The St. Francis team reacts to their big win during the class 3A girls volleyball championship Saturday at Redbird Arena, on Illinois State campus in Bloomington-Normal.
    •  Michelle McLaughlin of St. Francis spikes the ball during the class 3A girls volleyball championship Saturday at Redbird Arena, on Illinois State campus in Bloomington-Normal.
    • PAUL MICHNA/PMICHNA@DAILYHERALD.COM The St. Francis girls react to their win during the class 3A girls volleyball championship Saturday at Redbird Arena, on Illinois State campus in Bloomington-Normal.
    • PAUL MICHNA/PMICHNA@DAILYHERALD.COM The St. Francis girls react to their win during the class 3A girls volleyball championship Saturday at Redbird Arena, on Illinois State campus in Bloomington-Normal.
    •  McKenna Kelsay of St. Francis reacts to a good hit during the class 3A girls volleyball championship Saturday at Redbird Arena, on Illinois State campus in Bloomington-Normal.
    •  Kim Russell of Richmond-Burton,left, goes up for a block while Becca Shearer spikes the ball. This took place during the class 3A girls volleyball championship Saturday at Redbird Arena, on Illinois State campus in Bloomington-Normal.
    •  Ali Frantti of Richmond-Burton,left, and McKenna Kelsay go up for a ball. this took place during the class 3A girls volleyball championship Saturday at Redbird Arena, on Illinois State campus in Bloomington-Normal.
    •  Ali Frantti,left, of Richmond-Burton spikes the ball at Maddie Haggerty of St. Francis. this took place during the class 3A girls volleyball championship Saturday at Redbird Arena, on Illinois State campus in Bloomington-Normal.
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