Metro State Sweeps Minnesota Duluth
Nov. 20, 2009
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The #20-ranked and No. 7 seeded Metro State Roadrunners continue to ride the high of the 2009 postseason, snapping off a 3-0 win over #15-ranked Minnesota Duluth, the Central Region Tournament's No. 6 seed, on Friday evening at the Gangelhoff Center in St. Paul, Minn. The Roadrunners took the match in straight sets, 25-23, 25-21, 25-18 to improve to 26-6 on the year and earn a place in the Championship match, held Saturday evening at 7:00 pm.
While the Bulldogs rolled on a momentum high to get past the quarterfinals, an opposite lull did them in and ended their season against the Roadrunners in the semifinals. The team never hit over .118 in any set of the match and finished the night with 25 hitting errors and a dismal .088 hitting average. Metro State College took every ounce of momentum given to them, putting up a .278 hitting average on the evening.
Middle hitter Lisa Jones put up a match high 11 kills for her Roadrunners and finished the night with a .529 hitting average. She was especially effective in the important first set of the match, putting down five mighty kills without an error. Until this point in the Central Region Tournament, the team who has come away with a win in the first set has emerged as the victor in the match.
The Bulldogs were flat from the outset of the match and had seemingly very few moments where they appeared to have a grasp on their game. They came into the match hitting .280 on the season and have only hit worse than their .088 once on the year, hardly ever coming close to the mark in any other match.
Metro State put up 38 kills to UMD's 34 and six team blocks to the Bulldogs' three. Amy Watanabe had 13 digs to lead the defensive push for her squad. Julie Causseaux added eight kills to Jones' 11 and also led the team with four blocks.