No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul wins 3-1
SAINT PAUL, Minn. — For the first time since the National Championship match in 2010, No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul (11-0, 3-0 NSIC) dropped a set on its way to a 3-1 victory against No. 14 Minnesota State (9-3, 1-2 NSIC). Ellie Duffy set a new career high with 18 digs in the match to lead a CU offense that was held to .255 hitting. Kayla Koenecke, Megan Carlson and Katie Habeck all had double digit kills in the match. Taylor Fieldsted returned after missing two games to lead the Golden Bears with 24 digs.
Despite losing a set Concordia-St. Paul extended its winning streak to 33 matches along with its home match winning streak to 55 and its NSIC regular season match winning streak to 75. Michelle Graham had a career high four blocks helping CU keep up their winning ways.
In set one both teams struggled to find their offensive rhythm as Concordia-St. Paul hit just .175 and the Mavericks hit .077. Concordia kept MSU in the set by committing eight errors alone. The defense was the story in set one as they dug up 22 balls and had five blocks, three by Habeck. Concordia jumped out to a 9-3 lead early and held on to it taking the set 25-19.
No. 4 Nebraska-Kearnery 3, Hastings 0
KEARNEY, Neb. — A trio of sophomores helped No. 4 Nebraska-Kearney sweep Hastings at the Health & Sports Center.
For the sixth consecutive match, sophomore Ashley Leitner reached double digits in kills as she recorded 16 in 28 swings with just four errors (.429 attack pct.). She also dug up 13 balls, making this her second double double in the last three matches.
In the middle, sophomore Haley Lake had 10 kills in 18 attempts (.444 attack pct.) while also providing two digs and a block. Next to her, sophomore Katie Sokolowski had a team-high four blocks, six digs, eight kills and a .333 hitting efficiency.
Among non-sophomores, true freshman outside Liz McGowan had two blocks, five kills and 12 digs and junior setter Jenna Rouzee provided 41 assists, seven digs, two blocks and two kills.
No. 6 Washburn 3, Northwest Missouri State 0
MARYVILLE, Mo. — Another balanced offense helped No. 6 Washburn to a 25-13, 25-16, 25-20 win at Northwest Missouri on Tuesday night as they improved to 9-1 overall and stayed perfect in the MIAA at 2-0.
Hillary Hughes led Washburn with nine kills and she hit .364 in the match as WU hit .295 as a team. Jessica Fey had eight kills and led the team with four blocks.
The Bearcats hit -.143 in the first set and after they gave up an 8-1 run early on they never regrouped. The Lady Blues hit .429 in the second set to counter Northwest Missouri’s .205 percentage, its best of the night.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.