PENSACOLA, Fla. – Second-ranked Tampa tallied a pair of wins in its first two matches of the West Florida Regional Crossover Tournament on Friday afternoon by topping Valdosta State and Christian Brothers. The Spartans won both contests in three sets as the Tampa squad improves to a perfect 19-0 on the season.
Senior Eva Dupay tallied 25 kills on the day while middle hitters Camille Hanks and Danielle Selkridge each blocked nine attacks. Setter Kahley Patrick notched 76 assists and 25 digs and Dupay and outside hitter Holly Reschke had four service aces apiece.
In Tampa’s opening match of the day against Valdosta State, senior outside hitter Dupay led the squad with a career high 15 kills and a blistering .700 hitting percentage. Freshman setter Patrick posted a double-double, assisting 17 Spartan attacks with 14 digs. Tampa middle hitters Hanks and Selkridge had a hand in five blocks each, limiting the Blazers attack to a -.019 mark for the three set Spartan victory. Senior Janae Nelson blocked three Blazer attacks in the third set as the team totaled 11 in their first match of the day.
The Spartans were victorious in the nightcap against Christian Brothers in three sets as Dupay and Selkridge recorded ten kills each. Selkridge smacked a blistering 7-for-7 in the third frame to slam the door on the Buccaneers and solidify the Spartan win. The Tampa middle blocking trio of Selkridge, Hanks and Meagan Burke limited the CBU attack to a .113 clip and combined for 13 blocks in the match. Patrick posted her second double-double of the day, picking up 35 assists and 11 digs.
No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul 3, No. 20 Minnesota State 0
MANKATO, Minn. — Junior Ellie Duffy had 17 kills, one shy of her career high, as top-ranked Concordia-St. Paul swept past Minnesota State 25-20, 25-22, 25-17 on Friday night.
Megan Carlson had 10 kills and 19 digs for a double-double to lead the Golden Bears’ offensive attack. Kayla Koenecke added 12 kills and eight digs and Amanda Konetchy recorded 45 assists on the evening as Concordia cruised to victory
The Mavericks were led by sophomore outside hitter Jenna McNallan who tallied nine kills, while junior outside hitter’s Kayla Berning and Chelsea Fogarty each finished with eight. Senior setter Brittany Stamer again led MSU in assists, earning 28 on the night.
Defensively, senior defensive specialist Alli Rice finished with a team-best 14 digs, while Stamer contributed 13. With her 14 digs, Rice is now third on the school’s all-time dig list as she passed Stef Sandstrom.
Concordia remains unbeaten on the season with a 20-0 record, including a 11-0 mark in NSIC league play. Minnesota State, after the loss, drops to 11-7 overall, with a 4-6 record in conference action.
No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth 3, Upper Iowa 1
FAYETTE, Iowa — Fourth-ranked Minnesota-Duluth (20-0 overall, 11-0 Northern Sun) toiled through four sets on Friday evening, before pulling out a tough 26-24, 25-21, 23-25, 26-24 victory against Upper Iowa (11-9, 5-6) despite a less-than clean match. UMD committed a season-high 54 errors, including 36 hitting errors and eight receiving errors.
UMD rallied from a 23-18 deficit, pounding down six kills late to take eight of the final nine points in the first set win. Upper Iowa continued to play well at home, forcing the Bulldogs to fight from behind throughout the match.
Trailing 12-2 in the fourth set after just losing the third, UMD did just that. Junior defensive specialist Samantha Hertaus served the Bulldogs into a 7-0 run midway through the match, then served tough again with UMD down 23-19, aiding the Bulldogs in a 5-0 run that led them to capturing the set and the match.
Despite struggling with hitting errors, the Bulldogs had four different players reach double digits in kills. Seniors Hannah Johnson and April Hansen contributed 13 and 10 kills, respectively, and junior middle blocker Kalli Lochner added 12. Sophomore outside hitter Kate Lange led the team with 18 kills, and also had 19 digs for her 13th double-double of the season.
Redshirt freshman libero Julie Rainey’s 23 digs were a match high, as UMD out-dug Upper Iowa 82-49. Hertaus notched 14 digs in the win.
The Bulldogs out-hit the Peacocks .157-.101, and had 62 kills to Upper Iowa’s 36, but were out-blocked 16-9. Upper Iowa won the serving game as well, recording eight aces to UMD’s three.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.