GOLDEN, Colo. — Colorado School of Mines picked up just its second-ever win in program history against RMAC foe and fourth-ranked Nebraska-Kearney (16-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-9) on Friday evening at Lockridge Arena.
Coming into tonight’s match the Orediggers were 1-36 all-time against the Lopers with the squads only win coming during the 2006. CSM lost the first set on Friday night but battled back winning the next three including a dominating finish with a 25-9 win in the fourth set.
Six kills from Jackie Stabell and four from Anna Padget-Shields in the second set helped the Orediggers tie the match at two sets each.
No. 1 Concordia 3, Minnesota Crookston 0
Crookston, Minn.– Minnesota-Crookston Volleyball team hosted the top-ranked Concordia University, St. Paul this evening in Lysaker Gymnasium. The Golden Bears used solid defense and a .351 team attack percentage to down the Golden Eagles in three sets 25-13, 25-7, 25-18.
Concordia University, St. Paul used an 11-0 run in the second set to take the wind out of Minnesota, Crookston’s sails. Taylor Fieldsted served for 10 of the 11 points and recorded four service aces. She also recorded 13 digs in the match. Kayla Koenecke led all players with 13 kills and a .500 attack percentage. Amanda Konetchy tallied a match-high 39 assists while Megan Carlson led all players with 15 defensive digs. As a team, Concordia- St. Paul recorded 12 service aces and eight total blocks in the match.
Minnesota-Crookston was led by Brittany Looker who tallied eight kills in the match. Setter Kelsey Matykowski earned one kill, 15 assists and five digs. Chelsea Wiesner led the Golden Eagle defense with 11 digs. In the third set, UMC led the Golden Bears by as many as three and tied the score 11 times before falling 25-18.
No. 2 Tampa 3, Saint Leo 0
TAMPA, Fla. — Coasting to a 12-0 record, the No. 2 University of Tampa volleyball team defeated Saint Leo University in three sets. The Spartans remain perfect with a 12-0 record while leading the Sunshine State Conference 4-0 as the Lions fall to a 6-5 record with a 2-1 tally in SSC play.
Junior middle hitter Danielle Selkridge swatted 13 kills in 17 swings, good for a .647 hitting percentage. The 6’2 Virgin Islands native also blocked four Lion attacks with seniors Camille Hanks and Brianne Yeates blocking three each. Setter Kahley Patrick led all Spartans with 23 assists and nine digs while swinging 4-for-4 in kills.
Tampa won its first set 25-21 as three Spartans notched four kills in Selkridge, freshman Meagan Burke, and outside hitter Jessica Yingling. Setting duo Patrick and Sloane Bâby assisted eight and four UT attacks respectively.
No. 3 Cal State-San Bernardino 3, Chico State 0
SAN BERNARDINO — A potential CCAA record was on the line during the third-ranked Coyotes’ match against visiting Chico State on Friday.
National Player of the Year Samantha Middleborn chased a potential conference record for attack percentage as the Coyotes continued their dominance against the Wildcats with a 3-0 victory (25-12, 25-16, 25-19) before a crowd of 505 at Coussoulis Arena.
No. 5 Minnesota-Duluth 3, No. 7 Southwest Minnesota State 2
MARSHALL, Minn. — The streak of four conference sweeps may have come to an end, but a 13-match winning streak is still very much alive for Minnesota Duluth.
The Bulldogs used a career-high 19 kills from senior outside hitter Hannah Johnson, finding a way to slip past Southwest Minnesota on the road, winning in five sets; 23-25, 25-22, 25-23, 20-25, 15-11.
“I give the girls a lot of credit,” head coach Jim Boos said. “We had some rough patches tonight, but the team continued to do what it needed to do and gritted out a really tough win against a really good program.”
On a night UMD was outhit (.230-.210) and out-blocked (10-8.5), the Bulldogs once again rallied around their strong defense to make plays and spark the offense. UMD collected 79 digs in the match, possibly none as big as one from senior defensive specialist Allison Fanta.