Nov. 13, 2010

Courtesy of Southwest Minnesota State Athletics

MARSHALL, Minn. - No. 4 Southwest Minnesota State volleyball team defeated a tough No. 7 ranked Minnesota Duluth in four sets. The Mustangs won by scores of 25-23, 25-16, 19-25 and 25-11. The Mustangs improve to 25-3 overall and 17-2 in NSIC play. Minnesota Duluth falls to 23-5, 15-4 in NSIC play.

Mary Groth led SMSU with 15 kills against the Bulldogs. Devin Diedrich and Brooke Burmeister followed Groth's performance with 14 kills each.

The two teams fired back and forth in the first set with but the Mustangs trailed most of the first set until freshman Abby Meyers was able to tie the score at 18-18. The point would give the Mustangs momentum and ignite a comeback. The Mustangs went on to win the first set on a powerful kill by Burmeister.

The Mustangs finished the match with a .265 team hitting percentage while the Bulldogs were only able to muster up a .140 team hitting percentage.

After surrendering the first two points in the second set the Mustangs fired back to earn five straight points behind the serve of Kenzie Niesche. Burmeister picked up three of her 14 kills in the stretch. SMSU went on another five point run to take a 12-5 lead on a Diedrich kill.

Niesche led the Mustangs finishing with a match-high 14 digs. Burmeister and freshman Rachel Westby both picked up eight digs as well.

Cara Carson led Southwest Minnesota State with a match high 43 set assists. Carson added four kills in the match as well as four service aces. Carson picked up two aces in a row to early in the third set to keep SMSU in a set it would eventually lose. The Mustangs were fighting from behind most of the third set and eventually dropped the third set 25-19.

The Mustangs took the third set to heart and came out strong in the fourth set. The Mustangs jumped out to a commanding seven point lead at 11-4.

Shortly after, the Mustangs would go on a nine point run taking a 22-7 lead in the fourth set. Southwest Minnesota State would go on to win the fourth set by a commanding 25-11 score.

Southwest Minnesota State will conclude the regular season tomorrow afternoon when they host Bemidji State on Senior Day at the PE Gym at 4 p.m.