ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Eckerd dealt No. 1 Tampa its first loss of the year on Friday night, as the Tritons outlasted the Spartans 3-2 in a tightly contested five set match. Tampa falls to 24-1 on the season with an 11-1 Sunshine State Conference mark while Eckerd improves to 20-3 in its 2011 campaign and a 9-2 conference tally.
Eckerd used a balanced offensive attack to capture its first-ever victory against Tampa. Four Tritons tallied double-digit kills on the evening including a team-high 17 from Ali McAlvany. Lindsey Biggs contributed 16 kills, Alex Laton added 13, and Taylor Whately chipped in with 12 to help lead Eckerd to the upset.
Bri Smith and Madison Burr combined to dish out 63 assists on the night and Smith and Hallie Ward teamed up to record 27 digs as the Tritons won their 11th consecutive match.
Eckerd pulled out a first set win by a 25-23 margin as the Tritons came out hot, hitting an impressive .324 for the set. The Spartans rallied back to take the second frame by the same 25-23 score to even the match at one set a piece.
The third set went to the Tritons 25-21 thanks to Eckerd hitting a sizzling .459 in the frame. Tampa rallied back one again in the fourth set, as the Spartans hit a match-high .435 in the stanza to pick up a 25-17 victory and force a decisive fifth set.
A back-and-forth fifth set saw Eckerd hold on for a 15-13 win and avenge an early season loss against the top-ranked Spartans.
No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth 3, Northern State 0
DULUTH, Minn. — Second-ranked Minnesota-Duluth (24-0 overall, 15-0 Northern Sun) continued to cruise on its home floor, sweeping to its ninth victory in 11 home matches with a 25-19, 25-15, 25-16 win against Northern State (11-11, 6-9) on Friday night in Romano Gymnasium.
UMD set the tone early in the second after a slow start in the first set. In the midst of a 6-1 run to start the second set, three Bulldogs sprawled out on the floor to dig, then save, then send over a Wolves’ attack. With open court behind her, sophomore outside hitter Kate Lange blocked a first-touch attack, turning a sure Northern State point into one for UMD.
The Bulldogs used that momentum to breeze through the second set on the back of six kills from senior right side hitter April Hansen. Hansen took just seven swings in the set, and terminated at will throughout the match, hitting .684 with 14 kills. Lange added 16 kills, including nine in the first set and senior outside hitter Hannah Johnson posted nine kills and a .389 hitting percentage.
UMD outhit Northern State .262-.077 and out-blocked the Wolves 7-5. The Bulldogs’ defense was again solid, passing well and putting senior setter Eleena Iisakka in good positions to set all three attackers. Iisakka posted a double-double with 41 assists and 11 digs.
Redshirt freshman libero Julie Rainey led UMD with 18 digs, and seven Bulldogs recorded at least four digs in the match. UMD nearly doubled Northern State’s dig totals, out-digging the Wolves 56-30.
No. 3 Cal State-San Bernardino 3, Cal State-Stanislaus 0
The Coyotes tied the school record for consecutive wins and consecutive wins to open a season with the 25-15, 26-24, 25-21 win over the Warriors (9-11, 5-11).
National Player of the Year Samantha Middleborn had five service aces and match-high 13 kills. Fellow senior MB Megan Johnson threw down six block assists with seven kills, while senior libero Kelcie Tolan had 16 digs. Senior Priscilla Collings also had seven kills, while sophomore Danielle Newcombe and senior Morgan Carty each totaled five blocks.
No. 13 Wayne State (Neb.) 3, No. 4 Concordia-St. Paul 1
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – No. 13 Wayne State (Neb.) forced 28 attack errors against fourth-ranked Concordia-St. Paul and Tali Fredrickson recorded her ninth consecutive double-double with 20 kills and 15 digs to power the Wildcats to a 3-1 win on Friday evening against the Golden Bears. Wayne State improves to 19-6 overall, including a 12-4 mark in NSIC action while Concordia-St. Paul falls to 23-2 on the season and 14-2 in league play.
Wayne State forced Concordia into 10 attack errors in the first set and the Cats scored three consecutive points following a 17-17 tie to take control and win 25-21. The second set saw the Wildcats rally from a Golden Bear set point at 24-21 to come back for a 27-25 win. Wayne State used two Concordia attack errors and a service error to tie the score at 24-24, then after CU took a 25-24 lead on a Kayla Koenecke kill, Wayne State scored the next three points to win the set. A Cori Hobbs kill tied the score at 25-25 followed by two CU attack errors that gave the WSC the set and a 2-0 advantatage.
Concordia-St. Paul came out on fire in the third set and hit .368 with 17 kills and just three attack errors to handle the Wildcats 25-17. Wayne State bounced back early in the fourth set and took an early 7-1 lead and never let CU get closer than four points the rest of the way as WSC hit a sizzling .485 in the fourth set with 16 kills and no attack errors to seal the impressive road win with a 25-13 fourth set victory.
Tali Fredrickson had 20 kills with just two attack errors and a .383 hitting percentage to go with 15 digs for her ninth consecutive double-double and 16th of the season. Cori Hobbs added 14 kills with Melanie Placke contributing 10 kills in the Wildcat win. Tatum Wroblewski also accounted for a double-double with 49 assists and 13 digs while Leigh Connot recorded a team-best 22 digs with Nicole Brungardt adding 11.
No. 5 Washburn 3, Truman 0
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — Fifth-ranked Washburn trailed just twice during a 25-18, 25-22, 25-19 sweep against Truman on Friday night. The Lady Blues won their 17th consecutive match and improved to 24-1 overall and 10-0 in the MIAA.
Hillary Hughes and Breanna Lewis led the Lady Blues with 12 kills each. Hughes added 11 digs for her ninth double-double of the year and Lewis led the Lady Blues with three blocks. Mollie Lacy had nine kills with no errors in 17 attacks to hit .529. She has compiled 23 kills with no errors in the last two matches for a .638 attack percentage.
Abby Wittman helped led the Washburn offense to a .230 attack percentage as she dished out 45 assists and added 13 digs for her 13th double-double of the year.
Kelsey Lewis led the back row with 17 digs, Amanda Guess added 16, and Jennifer Yoder chipped in with 11 of her own.
After Washburn rolled to victory in the opening set the Bulldogs took their only leads of the night early in the second set as Truman went up 2-0 and then 3-2. Washburn then scored nine of the next 14 points to take control at 11-7. Two kills from Jessica Kopp made the score 18-12 before the Bulldogs reeled off points in a row to get within two at 18-16. Washburn later won three consecutive points and then closed the set on a kill from Breanna Lewis to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
There were five ties in the third set before Washburn went on a 5-0 run to take a 12-7 lead. Hughes had three kills during the run. The Bulldogs never within three after that and the Lady Blues closed out the set and the match with a 25-19 victory.