No. 5 Washburn comes back to win
Roundup: Concordia-St. Paul, Minnesota-Duluth sweep
TOPEKA, Kan. -- No. 5 Washburn was down 2-0 to No. 20 Angelo State, but won the next three sets for a five-set (19-25, 26-28, 25-18, 25-23, 15-11) win in the final match of the Ramada Inn Lady Blues Fall Classic Saturday in Lee Arena.
No. 5 Washburn (16-1) also picked up a win, 3-0 (26-24, 25-16, 25-14) against Tarleton State in an earlier match Saturday.
Breanna Lewis had 39 kills in the two matches and led the tournament field with a .394 attack percentage. She was third among players from the 10 schools in the tournament with 3.79 kills a set. Lewis was also voted the tournament MVP.
Lewis had a career-high 26 kills against the Rambelles, also a season-high for Washburn. She had 49 attacks and hit .388 with five digs.
Despite the Lady Blues dropping the opening set by six points, Lewis had eight kills. She had six in the fourth set and then three in the fifth set, including Washburn's 13th and 14th point that put Washburn up 14-11.
Jessica Fey added 16 kills for Washburn and 11 digs for her first double-double of the year and second of her career.
No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul 3, St. Cloud State 0
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Top-ranked Concordia-St. Paul (15-0, 6-0 NSIC) used 10 team service aces and hit .380 offensively to defeat St. Cloud State (25-8, 25-10, 25-18). The Golden Bears limited the Huskies to .011 hitting, thanks in part to a 7-2 advantage in blocking at the net.
With the win, Concordia moves its overall winning streak to 37, their home winning streak to 57 and their NSIC winning streak to 78 matches. In 15 matches (46 sets), Concordia has dropped just one set.
Like they've been doing all year, Concordia's offense was balanced with four hitters drilling seven kills or more while the fifth, junior Ellie Duffy had five kills before taking the third set off.
Freshman Katie Habeck led the offense with nine kills without an error in 14 swings to hit a team-high .643. She also had a pair of solo blocks and three total.
No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth 3, Augustana (S.D.) 0
Minnesota-Duluth steamrolled through competition yet again as Augustana (S.D.) became the latest to fall victim to the undefeated Bulldogs.
The fourth-ranked Bulldogs (16-0 overall, 8-0 Northern Sun) continued their hot streak, winning their 16th consecutive match. UMD topped the Vikings (10-5, 4-3) in a three-set match 25-21, 25-15, 25-20.
UMD nearly doubled the Vikings’ output in all categories with the exception of blocks and service aces, tying Augustana in both categories.
Sophomore outside hitter Kate Lange had a successful night, leading the Bulldog offense with 14 kills while hitting .303. Lange also tallied two service aces and eight digs.