TAMPA, Fla. – Continuing their torrid pace, No. 2 Tampa stifled Eckerd in four sets to remain a perfect 13-0 on the season. The Spartans hold a 5-0 tally in Sunshine State Conference matches while the Tritons drop to 9-3 with a 2-2 conference mark.
Three on the Spartan squad had double-doubles on the match as senior Eva Dupay led with 13 kills while digging out 12 EC attacks. Sophomore Holly Reschke followed close behind, swatting 12 kills and 10 digs with setter Kahley Patrick assisted 22 attacks and 15 digs on the match.
Outside hitter Jessica Yingling smacked 11 kills and on defense blocked four and dug nine. Middle blocker Danielle Selkridge tallied 10 kills and four blocks while setter Sloane Baby added 21 assists with nine digs to round out the Spartan victory.
No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul 3, MSU-Moorhead 0
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Minnesota State University Moorhead dropped game two of Homecoming weekend to Concordia, St. Paul 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-19).
Taking on the defending national champions was sure to be the toughest game of the year. However, the Dragons fought hard and made the Golden Bears earn every point. Outside hitter and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference standout Megan Carlson paced the Golden Bears with 19 kills and 14 digs.
The Dragons were lead by player of the game Heidi Lensing. The outside hitter put down nine kills and had six digs.
No. 3 Cal State San Bernardino 3, Cal State Stanislaus 0
SAN BERNARDINO — Three matches in four days did not take a toll on third-ranked Cal State San Bernardino this week. Instead, they seemed to thrive upon the task at hand.
Senior All-American Samantha Middleborn led the Coyotes with 14 kills and teammate Priscilla Collings had 10 as CSUSB took care of visiting Cal State Stanislaus for the 21st consecutive time in a 3-0 win before on Saturday.
The Coyotes are now 11-0 overall and 6-0 in the CCAA and extended their home winning streak to 54 consecutive victories and 37 straight conference wins all inside cozy Coussoulis Arena.
No. 4 Nebraska-Kearney 3, Colorado-Colorado Springs 0
COLORADO SPRINGS — You never want to be the team that has to play a great team the game after it’s had a poor performance. The Mountain Lions were that team Saturday night.
The Nebraska-Kearney Lopers looked to deserve every bit of the No. 4 national ranking attached to their name with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-21) victory against the University of Colorado Colorado Springs at the Gallogly Events Center.
There was little chance that UCCS would catch the Lopers on an off night. UNK had lost its Friday match to heretofore unheralded Colorado School of Mines. The Lopers hadn’t lost back-to-back, regular-season matches to Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opponents since 1997.
That streak didn’t end Saturday. Instead, the streak that ended was UCCS’ seven-match string of consecutive wins.
Ashley Leitner had all but one of her match-high 16 kills in the final two sets to lead UNK (14-1, 4-1 RMAC). Ariel Krolikowski added 11 kills, while Liz McGowan had a match-high 18 digs. The Lopers’ passing was precise, as setter Jenna Rouse had 44 assists on 52 kills by her team (84.6 percent).
No. 5 Minnesota-Duluth 3, Minnesota State-Mankato 0
MANKATO, Minn. — With an overpowering start to the match and strong finish, Minnesota-Duluth made history – again.
The fifth-ranked Bulldogs (14-0 overall, 5-0 Northern Sun) swept No. 14 Minnesota State University, Mankato 25-16, 25-22, 25-21 in Mankato, Minn. Saturday afternoon, tying a school record for the most consecutive wins to start a season. UMD went 14-0 to begin the 1983 season, and did it again in 2010.
Sophomore outside hitter Kate Lange drilled home 18 kills and collected 10 digs as the Bulldogs made quick work of the Mavericks (9-4, 2-3).
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.