Concordia 3, Minnesota Duluth 0 Nov.
Concordia 3, Minnesota Duluth 0Nov. 19, 2005
St. Paul, Minn. - Top-seeded Concordia University (30-4) swept second-seeded Minnesota Duluth (27-5), 30-19, 30-24, 30-23 on Saturday evening in the NCAA North Central Regional championship match played at the Gangelhoff Center in St. Paul, Minn.
The win for Concordia, ranked second nationally, advances them to the NCAA Elite Eight Tournament at a site to be announced by Monday evening and extends their winning streak to 17 matches and improves them to 24-1 in their past 25.
Junior right side hitter Jessica Lucia led Concordia's attack with a match-high 14 kills. She recorded her 24th double-double of the season with a team-high 12 digs. She also recorded five assists and two blocks.
Junior middle hitter Kelsey Kyro hit a team-high .450 with nine kills in 20 attacks with just one error. Senior setter Cailin Terhaar notched a double-double as well as she set the Golden Bear attack that hit .274 as a team. She had 37 assists and 10 digs in the match.
The Bulldogs were led by Vicky Braegelmann's 12 kills as she was the only player from UMD in double-figures for kills. Senior libero Allison Boddy's 15 digs were a match-high, but they were not enough to hold off a fierce and consistent Concordia offensive effort. UMD Setter Katie Gangelhoff had 34 assists and eight digs as UMD hit .138 as a team.
The Bears outkilled the Bulldogs 46-39 and held a 54-45 edge in digs.
NCAA Division II Women's North Central Regional Championship
Erin Contons OH Southwest Minnesota St.
Christie Johnson S Nebraska-Omaha
Tina Lensing MH MSU-Moorhead
Ashley Freeman OH Nebraska-Omaha
Abby McDonald OH Augustana
Kari Wolford OH Minnesota-Duluth
Cailin Terhaar S Concordia-St. Paul
Allison Boddy DS Minnesota-Duluth
Val Olson OH Concordia-St. Paul
Kelsey Kyro MH Concordia-St. Paul
Vicky Braegelmann OH Minnesota-Duluth
Jessica Lucia RS Concordia-St. Paul
UM Duluth Coach Jim Boos
First off I would like to congratulate Concordia, they are a great representative from the region.
They came out and didn't make any mistakes, unfortunately we didn't play well tonight. I am disappointed for our seniors. We hoped to play our best and we didn't'.
We worked hard all year to put ourselves here. We didn't play our best.
UMD Senior Vicky Braegelmannn
We got off to a rough start and we just couldn't get it back. Once Concordia started rolling it was hard to get over the hump.
UMD Senior Allison Boddy
They definitely have a lot of weapons.
Concordia Coach Brady Starkey
(On the difference from last year's team) Our team chemistry was good this year. We meshed well together. I have never had a team that has been as mentally tough.
Concordia Senior Danielle Neihls
(On what she wants to do next) I would like to play in a National Championship with my best friends and teammates that I have had in my four years.
Concordia Senior Cailin Terhaar
This is a big rivalry, it always will be. Last years loss in the region championships was in the back of our minds.
Concordia Senior Val Olson
It was so great to be out there. It was a lot of fun.
-- Courtesy Concordia-St. Paul