MARQUETTE, Mich. — No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth (17-0 overall, 8-0 Northern Sun) added another win to its school-record win streak to begin the season, making quick work of No. 25 Northern Michigan, 25-15, 25-12. 25-16.
The Wildcats (8-6, 6-2 Great Lakes) lost the hitting battle .372-.035, and the Bulldogs dominated every statistical category aside from blocks to notch their eighth sweep in the last nine matches. It was UMD’s 12th sweep of the season.
The Bulldogs used a heavy offensive attack, especially in the second set, to upend the Wildcats’ passing game. UMD hit .737 in the second set alone, posting 14 kills in 19 swings. Five of those kills came from junior middle blocker Kalli Lochner, whose 12 kills and .500 hitting percentage were both match-highs. Senior outside hitter Hannah Johnson and sophomore outside hitter Kate Lange each tacked on 11 of the team’s 40 kills. Johnson hit .400, and Lange hit .310 as the Wildcats managed just 21 digs in the match.
No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul 3, Winona State 0
WINONA, Minn. — For just the second time this season Concordia-St. Paul (16-0, 7-0 NSIC) dropped a set on its way to a 3-1 win (25-18, 21-25, 25-12, 25-17) against Winona State. Behind 20 kills from Cassie Haag and 27 digs from Megan Carlson, the Golden Bears remained undefeated. The 27 digs tied Carlson’s career-high as CU set its season high with 88 digs in the match.
Four Golden Bears had more than 10 digs on the evening. Taylor Fieldsted had 22 digs for the second best on the team. Kayla Koenecke had 15 and Ellie Duffy set a career-high with 14. Koenecke tied her career-high with 16 kills in the match. Katie Habeck was third on the team with 11 kills and three blocks. Haag also added three blocks in the match, while hitting .438 with those 20 kills. Duffy finished with nine kills and Carlson finished with seven. Amanda Konetchy had a season-high 57 assists in the match to guide the CU offense.
No. 2 Tampa 3, Palm Beach Atlantic 0
TAMPA, Fla. — Continuing its perfect season, No. 2 Tampa beat Palm Beach Atlantic in three sets. The Spartans stampeded to a 15-0 record while PBA picks up its second loss with a 12-2 record.
Outside hitter Holly Reschke led all Spartans with 10 kills on the match, while middle hitter Danielle Selkridge and senior Eva Dupay each tallied nine swats on the victory. Selkridge limited the Sailfish to a .178 hitting percentage with Dupay and libero Julie Howlett notching 10 and 15 digs respectively.
Freshman setter Kahley Patrick recorded a career-high four service aces, all coming in the second set. The setter also tallied 20 assists on the match for the Spartans.