MARSHALL, Minn. — For the first time this season, No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul (21-0, 12-0 NSIC) was forced to go five sets after falling behind 2-0 to No. 9 Southwest Minnesota State (14-6, 8-3 NSIC). Concordia-St. Paul used the 10 minute intermission to regroup and won the next three sets to take the match 3-2; 18-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-15, 15-13. Katie Habeck had a career-high nine blocks in addition to 10 kills in the match.
Kayla Koenecke, Megan Carlson and Amanda Konetchy all had double-doubles in the match. Koenecke had 18 kills to lead the team and tied with Carlson with 17 digs for tops on the defense. She also added three blocks. Carlson finished with 16 kills and 17 digs along with four blocks. Konetchy tied her season high with 57 assists and added a season-high 11 digs. Taylor Fieldsted was the fourth CU player with double-digit digs adding 11 in the match.
Concordia-St. Paul outhit the Mustangs .263 – .241 but the biggest advantage came from the defensive side of the net as CU had 12 blocks to SMSU’s three. The 12 blocks is the most by the Golden Bears this season.
No. 2 Tampa 3, West Florida 0
PENSACOLA, Fla. — No. 2 Tampa made quick work of West Florida to improve to 20-0 with its three-set sweep against the Argonauts
The Argos fall to 15-8 on the season with the loss as Tampa middle hitter Danielle Selkridge paced the Spartan attack with 11 kills and a .550 attack percentage. Selkridge blocked six West Florida attacks to limit the Argo offense to a .151 clip.
Freshman setter Kahley Patrick turned in her third double-double in as many matches with 13 digs and 35 assists. Senior Eva Dupay dug out 13 on the match to round out the Spartan defense.
No. 3 Cal State-San Bernardino 3, San Fransciso State 0
SAN FRANCISCO – Cal State-San Bernardino caught a Saturday morning flight to the Bay Area, grabbed a prematch meal near the SFSU campus and then took care of the host Gators 25-22, 25-13, 25-13 in CCAA play. In all, the agenda took place within about a 12-hour stretch.
CSUSB, now 18-0 overall and 13-0 in the CCAA, continued its winning ways by securing a victory against the Gators for the 24th consecutive time. Five players had at least three block assists with All-American Samantha Middleborn leading the way with six. Fellow All-American Camille Smith and senior Megan Johnson each had four and sophomore Danielle Newcombe and senior Morgan Carty each had three.
The Coyotes forced SFSU into 24 attack errors and benefited from seven service errors to win the match in 68 minutes.
For the match, CSUSB hit .322 (39-11-87), while holding the Gators (10-9, 6-8) to just .029 (27-24-102).
No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth 3, Winona State 0
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Minnesota-Duluth continued its recent trend of come-from-behind wins on Saturday.
The fourth-ranked Bulldogs (21-0 overall, 12-0 Northern Sun) overcame three-point deficits midway through each of the first two sets at Winona State (13-8, 7-5), topping the Warriors 25-21, 25-22, 25-21 to extend UMD’s winning streak to 21 matches.
The Bulldogs used a strong offensive front to pick up the win, outhitting Winona State .282-.186. Warriors’ middle blocker Kathy Lohff ran the quickset to perfection against UMD, recording 13 kills, but Winona State outside hitter and leading scorer Bekah Saugen was held to just one kill all match.
No. 5 Washburn 3, Nebraska-Omaha 1
TOPEKA, Kan. — Five different Lady Blues had eight kills or more as No. 5 Washburn overcame a 1-0 deficit for a 3-1 (21-25, 27-25, 25-11, 25-17) win against Nebraska-Omaha on Saturday. Washburn won its13th consecutive match and improved to 20-1.
Mollie Lacy led Washburn with 14 kills and she hit .444 with one error in 27 attacks. Jessica Fey had 12 kills with a .476 percentage and Hillary Hughes had a double-double with 10 kills and 19 digs.
Breanna Lewis totaled 13 kills and a team-high four blocks. Jessica Kopp and Korie Thompson had eight kills each.
Washburn hit .241 as a team. Abby Wittman set 40 assists and Amanda Guess had 14. Wittman added a double-double with 18 digs.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.