Nov. 5, 2010

Courtesy of Minnesota Duluth Athletics

Junior middle blocker April Hansen racked up a match-high 10 kills to lead the University of Minnesota Duluth to a 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-15) victory over the University Crookston Friday at Romano Gymnasium. The Bulldogs completed the season sweep of the winless Golden Eagles with the straight-set win.

No. 2 UMD (23-3 overall, 15-2 Northern Sun) came out slow in the first set, struggling to receive serve early on. Junior libero Allison Fanta helped get the Bulldogs on track, passing-wise, after the rough start, and Hansen pounded out seven kills on nine attempts to lead the Bulldogs to a 25-18 first-set victory.

The second and third sets were each controlled by UMD, which has now swept 13 opponents this season -- four of which at home. Junior setter Eleena Iisakka dished out 34 set assists and guided the Bulldogs to a .309 hitting percentage. Iisakka also assisted on three of the Bulldogs seven blocks. The Golden Eagles (0-25, 0-17) hit .029 for the match.

On the floor for just the second time this season, junior Hannah Johnson clubbed eight kills on 17 swings. The Coleraine, Minn., native hadn't played since an Oct. 2 win at Augustana College.

Saturday afternoon marks UMD's last appearance at Romano Gym during the regular season. The Bulldogs will put their 8-1 home record on the line and honor their senior class against Minnesota State University-Moorhead at 3:00 p.m.