SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Golden Bears freshman middle Katie Habeck stepped up on Friday night leading No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul (9-0, 1-0 NSIC) with 13 kills in a 3-0 (25-14, 25-12, 25-17) sweep of Northern State (5-4, 0-2 NSIC). Kayla Koenecke and Ellie Duffy each contributed double digits kills as well. Koenecke had 11 and Duffy added 10 in the winning cause. Cassie Weaver set a career-high in digs with 10, five behind Megan Carlson, who led the defense with 15.
Junior Michelle Graham got her first start of the season and had three kills on the evening. Freshman Ashley Murtha also saw a lot of playing time and had a career-high six digs. Carlson finished the game with eight kills. Amanda Konetchy had 40 assists in the set as CU hit .354 in the match.
Concordia continued its streak of 27 consecutive sets won to start the year and have now won 29 sets in a row dating back to the 2010 season. The Golden Bears have now won 73 consecutive regular season NSIC matches, 53 home matches in a row and 31 consecutive matches overall.
No. 2 Tampa 3, Lynn 1
BOCA RATON, Fla. — Entering the match with an 8-0 record, second-ranked Tampa topped Lynn by a 3-1 (25-20, 25-21, 21-25, 25-18) score to open Sunshine State Conference play on Friday night. The Spartans improve to 9-0 on the season with a 1-0 SSC record while the Fighting Knights drop to 6-4 on the season with a 0-1 conference tally.
The Spartans saw four players reach double digits in kills as outside hitters Eva Dupay, Holly Reschke, Jessica Yingling and middle hitter Danielle Selkridge paced the Tampa attack. Selkridge led the squad’s defense as she totaled seven blocks on the match while libero Julie Howlett dug out 19 Fighting Knight attacks. Freshman setter Kahley Patrick placed 39 assists for Tampa in their first conference win of the season.
No. 3 Cal State San Bernardino 3, Cal State Los Angeles 0
LOS ANGELES — Samantha Middleborn threw down 12 kills and totaled seven blocks as No. 3 Cal State San Bernardino played its first road match of the year and walked away triumphant with a 3-0 win against Cal State Los Angeles in CCAA volleyball action on Friday night.
The Coyotes improved to 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the CCAA and in the effort, captured their 50th CCAA win in their last 52 matches dating to the 2008 season.
CSUSB won the 88-minute match by scores of 25-23, 25-20, 25-20.
Middleborn totaled a .529 attack percentage (12 kills-1 error-19 attacks). Fellow senior Priscilla Collings had seven kills and Morgan Carty and Megan Johnson each had six. Junior All-American Camille Smith had 30 assists.
No. 5 Nebraska-Kearney 3, Colo. State-Pueblo 0
PUEBLO, Colo. — CSU-Pueblo matched fifth-ranked Nebraska-Kearney nearly shot for shot for a bulk of the match, but ultimately lost 25-22, 25-23, 25-16.
In the second set, Kearney pulled away by as much as 17-8, but CSU-Pueblo converted 12 of the next 16 points, pulling to within one 21-20. However, three kills by Ariel Krolikowski helped the Lopers eke out a 25-23 decision.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.