Concordia-St. Paul extends streak
No. 1 Golden Bears sweep by No. 6 Southwest Minnesota St.
SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul (14-0, 5-0 NSIC) extended its overall winning streak to 36 games and its home winning streak to 56 with a sweep of No. 6 Southwest Minnesota State (10-4, 4-1 NSIC) on Tuesday evening by scores of 25-18, 25-18, 25-12. Kayla Koenecke had a double-double as she recorded 11 kills and 11 digs on the night. Megan Carlson added nine kills and tying for the team lead in digs with 14.
Taylor Fieldsted tied Carlson for the team lead in digs with 14 on the night. Ellie Duffy had eight kills from the outside. Cassie Haag returned to the lineup to lead CU with four blocks, including one solo. Amanda Konetchy had 36 assists on the night along with five digs. Katie Habeck was second on the team with three blocks and added six kills as well.
The Golden Bears jumped out to a 9-3 lead forcing a Mustang timeout early in the first set. Habeck had two kills and CU took advantage of two service errors and three attack errors. The timeout turned the momentum in the favor of SMSU as they climbed back in the set trailing by just two at 11-9. With the score at 12-10 in favor of Concordia, the Golden Bears scored six of the next eight points to open up an 18-12 lead. The Mustangs never got closer than four again as CU took the first set 25-18. Duffy had four kills and Koenecke led the defense with six digs in the first frame.
Concordia got off to a hot start in set two as well, scoring the first four points and forcing another early timeout. The Golden Bears maintained the lead at 9-4 until the Mustangs went on a run scoring six consecutive points to take a 10-9 lead. CU regained the lead at 12-11 and did not relinquish its advantage again. The Mustangs got close at 17-16 but a service error followed by an ace from Erienne Lauersdorf, and then three consecutive attack errors pushed the CU lead to 22-16 late in the set. Concordia went on to win the set 25-18 thanks to five kills from Koenecke in the frame.
The third set was controlled by Concordia from start to finish as they took a big 10-3 lead early and never let off the pressure. SMSU got within four at 10-6 but could not get over the hump as CU got three consecutive kills from Carlson to go back up 14-7 midway through the set. Errors continued to plague the Mustangs as Concordia took the set 25-14, clinching the match in the process. Carlson led the way with six kills and six digs in the set. Fieldsted had seven digs in the third set to lead the defense. Concordia also had four blocks in the last frame of the evening.