Washington-St. Louis ends streak, suffers first loss
On Friday, Washington-St. Louis was undefeated. Not only that, it hadn’t even lost a set this season, winning a Division III-record 63 sets in a row.
The set record went by the wayside early Saturday, as the Bears dropped their first set of the year to No. 16 Chicago. The Bears had an early lead against the Maroons, jumping in front 11-9 thanks to a pair of kills from sophomore middle hitter Kaia Schwartz. They pushed the advantage to 14-9 when senior middle hitter Lauren Budde blocked down an attack to complete a run of three consecutive Chicago attack errors. However, the Maroons stormed back, tying the frame at 19-19 and winning six of the final nine points to come away with the three-point win.
A day later, the Bears’ perfect season also fell by the wayside, as they were upset by No. 3 Emory. Senior Amelia McCall and junior Breanah Bourque led the way offensively for the Eagles, combining for 36 of the team’s 59 kills. McCall chalked up 19 successful hitting attempts and posted a solid attack percentage of .348 (19-3 — 46). In addition, McCall contributed 10 digs, her 13th double-double of the campaign.
Rennie goes big for No. 2 UNI
Tirrell Rennie threw four touchdown passes and Northern Iowa took advantage of five turnovers to defeat South Dakota State 31-14.
The Panthers (5-1, 4-0 Missouri Valley) trailed 14-7 in the second quarter before scoring 24 unanswered points.
Rennie was 16 of 20 passing for 239 yards and no interceptions. He threw TDs of 8 and 22 yards to Terrell Sinkfield, 80 yards to Jarred Herring and 19 yards to Darion Howard. Herring finished with five catches for 120 yards.
Austin Summer completed 37 of 54 passes for 354 and two touchdowns for South Dakota State (2-5, 1-3), but was intercepted four times
Bledsoe sets record – in draw
Aubrey Bledsoe earned her 10th shutout of the season, setting a Wake Forest single-season record, as the No. 4 Demon Deacons played to a 0-0 draw with No. 10 North Carolina on Sunday afternoon at Fetzer Field.
It was the first time in 15 matches that the Demon Deacons left Fetzer Field with anything other than a loss. After going only 1-25 in its first 26 overall matches against the storied North Carolina program, Wake Forest has now earned a positive result in two consecutive metings. The Deacons knocked the Heels out of last year’s ACC Tournament in a shootout in the semifinals.
Bledsoe’s 10th clean sheet of the year moved her past Erin Regan for first place in the Wake Forest single-season record books. The Demon Deacons pitched their fourth consecutive shutout, all against ACC opposition, and have not allowed a goal in the last 443:46.
Barrett posts impressive number in pair of wins
Cal’s Elly Barrett had a total of 94 assists in a pair of Golden Bears victories during the weekend.
She set a career-high with 55 assists and recorded her seventh double-double of the year with 12 digs on Friday as the Golden Bears defeated No. 2 Washington. On Saturday night, she added 39 more as Cal defeated Washington State.
Cal closes the first half of Pac-12 play with a 9-2 conference record, going 19-2 overall.
Messiah wins with brotherly love
Freshman Brian Ramirez broke a scoreless tie in the 77th minute as No. 2 Messiah defeated Lebanon Valley 2-0 on Saturday.
The goal came off an assist by Ramirez’s older brother Kent, who played the ball off a corner kick to the top of the 18. Three minutes later, Kent put his own goal in the net. After receiving a quick pass from the midfield from senior Danny Thompson, Kent attacked left and curled his shot from 20 yards out to the far, right post.
Concordia-St. Paul survives toughest test of season
For the first time this season, No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul (21-0, 12-0 NSIC) was forced to go five sets after falling behind 2-0 to No. 9 Southwest Minnesota State (14-6, 8-3 NSIC). Concordia-St. Paul used the 10-minute intermission to regroup and won the next three sets to take the match 3-2 (18-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-15, 15-13).
Katie Habeck had a career-high nine blocks and 10 kills in the match.
Kayla Koenecke, Megan Carlson and Amanda Konetchy all had double-doubles in the match. Koenecke had 18 kills to lead the team and tied with Carlson with 17 digs for tops on the defense. She also added three blocks. Carlson finished with 16 kills and 17 digs along with four blocks. Konetchy tied her season high with 57 assists and added a season-high 11 digs. Taylor Fieldsted was the fourth CU player with double-digit digs adding 11 in the match.
Concordia-St. Paul outhit the Mustangs .263-.241 but the biggest advantage came from the defensive side of the net as CU had 12 blocks to SMSU’s three. The 12 blocks is the most by the Golden Bears this season.
Big offense in Texas
Ryan Tannehill threw for 415 yards and a career-high six touchdowns and Ryan Swope caught four of them to lead No. 21 Texas A&M to a 55-28 win against No. 20 Baylor on Saturday.
That’s impressive on its own, but consider that Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III threw for a school-record 430 yards and three touchdowns.
The Bears had trouble running the ball and were outgained 266-50 on the ground.
Griffin is the third quarterback this season to set a school record against the Aggies’ worst-in-the-nation pass defense.
New Mexico wins on penalty kick
No. 6 New Mexico went from a cakewalk into a grind, but the end result on Sunday was good enough for the Lobos who beat Air Force 1-0 to remain undefeated on the season.
The difference on the scoreboard came in the 28th minute when Lance Rozeboom stood looking at a penalty kick and blasted it past Falcon keeper Matt Underwood, who made six saves when the game clock was moving.
UNM keeper Victor Rodriguez had three saves.
Air Force came out grinding and fighting in a defensive battle. New Mexico took 13 shots and Air Force fired 10 at the New Mexico goal.
Brynjarsdottir makes a name for herself
No. 17 Florida State (10-6-0, 3-5-0 ACC) got a goal from freshman Dagny Brynjarsdottir in the 84th minute to defeat ninth-ranked Boston College (9-3-2, 4-3-0 ACC) 1-0 on Sunday afternoon at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
Brynjarsdottir put away a header from close range off passes from Tiffany McCarty and Katie Riley to record her first career game-winning goal.
“I was in the right place at the right moment,” Brynjarsdottir said. “When I saw the ball coming to her [Riley], I noticed that she was not going to head it to the goal, so I continued my run and was fortunate to finish the play.”.
All information and photos compiled from respective athletic department websites and the Associated Press.