Oct. 29, 2010

Courtesy of Concordia-St. Paul Athletics

WAYNE, Neb. - The #1 Golden Bears (21-4,16-0) came out and showed why they jumped up to the top spot in the AVCA Monday sweeping #1 Wayne State (22-3, 13-3) 25-15, 25-8, 25-19. The Golden Bears pounded away on offense hitting .390 for the match and racking up 64 digs in just three sets. The team had 55 assists in three sets and as well as seven blocks in the match. BOX SCORE

On the year CU was averaging .287 hitting percentage, 14 assists per set, 16 digs per set and 2.1 blocks per set. On Friday they hit .390, while averaging 18.3 assists, 21.3 digs and 2.3 blocks per set.

Concordia was led by Cassie Haag with 16 kills and three blocks (2 solo) while hitting an unbelievable .615. Kayla Koenecke had 14 kills and eight digs on the night while hitting .440. Megan Carlson had another double double going for 11 kills and 15 digs which led the team. Amanda Konetchy had 50 assists in just three sets while also tallying 12 digs defensively. Taylor Fieldsted had 14 digs and Krista Erikson added 12.

Concordia's defense looked good early on as they jumped out to an 11-6 lead forcing a WSC timeout. CU service kept the Wildcats offense in check prior to the timeout forcing many tips that CU's back row was able to handle and the occasional error. Concordia got out to eight point lead 18-10 thanks a double block by Emily Palkert and Kara Pioske. The Golden Bears forced another WSC timeout after a scramble play that led to a Megan Carlson kill from behind the ten foot line putting CU up 20-11. CU won set one by a score of 25-15.

The Wildcats defense picked it up in set two as there were many long rallies early on. Concordia again jumped out to an 11-6 lead early which forced a WSC timeout. CU scored four points following the timeout to go up 15-6. WSC tied to a sub to mess up the CU momentum after they fell behind 18-7. Wayne State fell behind by 20-8 and called another timeout. Pioske and Palkert got another big block out of the timeout and CU scored the next four points to take set 25-8.

The Golden Bears got to double digits first again in the third set but it was much closer as CU had just a 10-8 lead. Pioske and Palkert gave CU a 16-12 lead midway through the set. Concordia and Wayne State traded points but CU led 20-16 late in the set forcing a WSC timeout. The Golden Bears kept pounding away and rightfully so it was Kayla Koenecke who finished off the Wildcats winning set three 25-19.

CU has now beat the #1 ranked team in back to back weeks. Concordia will be back in action tomorrow evening at 5:30 as they take on Augustana in Sioux Falls, S. D.