MELBOURNE, Fla. — Tampa (16-0, 7-0 SSC) survived an early battle to hand Florida Tech (5-12, 2-6 SSC) a 3-0 defeat on Friday at the Clemente Center in Sunshine State Conference action. The Spartans won by scores of 25-22, 25-18, 25-12.
Tampa was forced to come-from-behind in the first set, which featured three lead changes and seven ties. Danielle Selkridge and Jessica Yingling each posted four kills as the Spartans prevailed after hitting .316 and limiting the Panthers to a .195 clip.
The second set began with a familiar ring as the Panthers kept the frame close before Tampa eventually pulled away. Selkridge added five kills as Eva Dupay was 4 for 5.
The Spartans took a commanding 13-0 lead to start the third set as a total of 13 UT players saw action. Tampa registered a .385 attack percentage as it hit above .300 in all three sets. FIT came in at -.069 hitting with seven errors and three service errors in the final stanza.
No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul 3, Upper Iowa 0
SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Kayla Koenecke, Michelle Graham and Ashley Murtha all had career highs in kills Friday night helping Concordia sweep Upper Iowa (10-8, 4-5 NSIC) 25-20, 25-11, 25-12. Koenecke led the way with 17 kills and Graham and Murtha each had eight. Megan Carlsonadded 11 kills and Amanda Konetchy had 43 assists.
Concordia hit .430 on the night despite having a .282 hitting percentage in the opening set with eight errors. In the second and third set they hit .500 and .591 with just four combined errors. Taylor Fieldsted led the defense with 12 digs. Katie Habeck had three blocks as did Graham. Both the Golden Bears and the Peacocks had seven blocks on the night.
No. 3 CSU-San Bernardino 3, CSU 1
HAYWARD, Calif. – No. 3 Cal State-San Bernardino rolled to a 3-1 (25-17, 24-26, 25-14, 25-22) win Friday against the host Cal State-East Bay Pioneers. All-American Samantha Middleborn threw down a career-high 19 kills while senior Megan Johnson had a .769 attack percentage with an impressive eight block assists and 11 kills to lead the charge.
Senior Morgan Carty had her second consecutive double-double with 10 kills and 11 digs while senior setter Krista Hasemeyer came off the bench to offer six service aces.
CSUSB fired off a .351 attack percentage with just 11 errors in 131 total attacks. The Coyotes also chalked up 62 digs and 29 block assists to open 2011 with 15 consecutive victories and their 10th consecutive CCAA win.
No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth 3, Bemidji State 0
BEMIDIJI, Minn — Continuing to improve on the school’s best winning streak to begin a season, Minnesota-Duluth looked sharp in its 12th three-set sweep of the year.
The Bulldogs (18-0 overall, 9-0 Northern Sun) appeared in control of things Friday night at Bemidji State, taking a majority of the big swings on the ball en route to a 25-15, 25-17, 25-17 sweep of the Beavers.
Minnesota- Duluth kept Bemidji State out of system for the majority of the night, forcing the Beavers’ defense to scramble to return balls and picking apart Bemidji State’s blocking scheme. Freshman setter Jaclyn Barrette recorded 41 assists in her first collegiate start, leading the offense to outhit the Beavers (.333-.082).
No. 5 Washburn 3, Southwest Baptist 0
BOLIVAR, Mo. — Hillary Hughes had a double-double and Jessica Fey led with 13 kills as the Lady Blues swept Southwest Baptist 25-21, 25-23, 25-22 Friday night in MIAA action.
Fey hit .350 on the night and Breanna Lewis had a .500 percentage with 10 kills and just one error in 18 attempts. Hughes had her sixth double-double of the year with 11 kills and 11 digs.
After dropping the opening set twice last week before coming back for wins, the Lady Blues were able to fight off the Bearcats early and avoid a first-set loss. Tied at 9-9 in the opener, Southwest Baptist scored six consecutive points to go up, 15-9. Fey responded with a kill and then SBU got another point. Kills by Mollie Lacy, Korie Thompson and then Lewis made the score 16-13 for SBU. Another 3-0 run later put Washburn (17-1, 5-0 MIAA) up 20-19. Kills from Fey and Marissa Cox and then an SBU error clinched the set for Washburn.
Washburn hit .246 as a team with 54 kills. The Bearcats hit just .033 in the first set but hit near .300 in the final two sets to finish with a .227 percentage. They got 37 kills and led the battle above the net with nine blocks to Washburn’s three.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.