WARRENSBURG, Mo. — No. 3 Tampa rolled to a 3-0 sweep of Pittsburg State and prevailed in a five-set thriller against previously-undefeated Azusa Pacific on Friday afternoon at the Peggy Martin Classic, which is hosted by Central Missouri.
In the first match of the day, Tampa came out strong against a big Pittsburg State team that had six players taller than 6-foot. Tampa hit over .500 in each of the first two sets to bring down the Gorillas, who hit at a .204 clip. The Spartans finished at .451 as each of Chris Catanach’s 13 active players saw time.
Tampa appeared to be en route to another quick victory as it took the first set by a 25-16 margin and proceeded to an early 8-0 lead in the second set versus Azusa Pacific. The Cougars forced Tampa to the brink of defeat as it took the second and third sets by scores of 25-20 and 25-14.
The Spartans rebounded to take the fourth frame by a 25-14 score and took a quick lead in the fifth set. A late push by APU brought the Cougars within one point before consecutive blocks gave the Spartans a 14-10 edge. Tampa then finished off the match in the next rally for the victory.
No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul 3, Florida Southern 0
No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul 3, No. 25 Regis 0
DENVER — Concordia made it six consecutive sweeps to start the season after topping No. 25 Regis 25-15, 25-19, 26-24 at the Colorado Premiere Challenge on Friday. The Golden Bears had to stave off a set point for the first time all season in the third frame against Regis.
The Golden Bears received a strong defensive effort on the day as they got 13 digs from Megan Carlson and 11 digs by Taylor Fieldsted. CU hit .293 in the match and forced 25 attack errors by Regis. The defense was key in the win as Katie Habeck had eight blocks, a carer high, and the team set a season high with 10 blocks in the match. Carlson added four blocks and Kayla Koenecke added three. The Golden Bears also forced 11 errors alone in set two.
Concordia rolled past Florida Southern by a 25-15, 25-25, 25-19 score earlier in the day. Concordia got 34 assists from Amanda Konetchy, who also added 8 digs on the defensive side. Carlson racked up 9 kills and 10 digs, leading the team in digs. The team was held to .260 hitting in the match, their lowest of the season, but forced 18 attack errors by the Moccasins, holding them to just .079 hitting.
No. 2 Cal State-San Bernardino 3, San Francisco 1
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — A four-set match went No. 2 Cal State San Bernardino’s way Friday night as the Coyotes defeated visiting San Francisco State 25-12, 25-12, 24-26, 25-16 in the teams’ CCAA opener at Coussoulis Arena.
All-American Samantha Middleborn led the Coyotes, now 5-0 overall, with a match-high 13 kills and fellow senior Morgan Carty had 12 as CSUSB was extended an extra frame after serving set and match point in the third set. Junior All-American Camille Smith had 38 kills, while Tolan was solid with four service aces and 21 digs. Middleborn added six blocks — five assisted — and Danielle Newcombe had four block assists.
CSUSB improved its home winning streak to 51 consecutive matches and 34 consecutive CCAA matches.
No. 4 Washburn 3, Colorado-Colorado Springs 1
No. 4 Washburn 3, West Florida 0
DENVER — Mollie Lacy tallied her 1,000th career kill as Washburn won its opener in the Colorado Premiere Challenge 3-1 (25-15, 23-25, 25-18, 25-20) against Colorado-Colorado Springs on Friday afternoon. Lacy had just one error in 21 attempts to hit .476 and she added seven blocks. Breanna Lewis hit .483 with 14 kills and no errors in 29 strikes. Hillary Hughes added a double-double with 10 kills and 11 digs.
Setter Abby Wittman had 25 assists and 13 digs for her fourth double-double of the year. Amanda Guess came off the bench to add 17 assists and libero Courtney Churchman had 13 digs.
Washburn rolled past West Florida 25-22, 25-14, 28-26 in the nightcap on Friday evening. Jessica Fey led Washburn with 14 kills and she had a .476 attack percentage. Lacy, the school’s career leader in attack percentage, hit .556 with 10 kills and no errors in 18 attacks. She’s hitting .442 through six matches.
Wittman had 28 assists and Guess added 17. Churchman led the defense once again with 16 digs.
No. 5 Nebraska-Kearney 3, Black Hills State 0
No. 5 Nebraska-Kearney 3, Missouri Western State 0
KEARNEY, Neb. — No. 5 Nebraska-Kearney needed just under an hour to sweep a future RMAC member and a future MIAA rival Friday night at the Health & Sports Center at the first day of the UNK Fall Classic.
The Lopers, who improved to 7-0 on the campaign, dispatched of Black Hills State 25-15, 25-10, 25-8 in 55 minutes in the tournament opener and then took just 58 minutes to sweep Missouri Western State 25-10, 25-17, 25-14 in the nightcap.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.