Concordia-St. Paul upsets No. 1 UMD
Bulldogs suffer first loss of season; Fieldsted reaches milestone
DULUTH, Minn. -- No. 4 Concordia-St. Paul got some revenge against No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth for a defeat late last month, as the Golden Bears swept the Bulldogs 25-19, 25-17, 25-17 on Tuesday night in a non-conference match.
CU handed UMD its first loss of the season as Taylor Fieldsted became the 11th player in CU history to have 1,000 digs in a career.
Kayla Koenecke had 12 kills to lead the offense. Katie Habeck had 11 kills and hit .500 on the night.
Amanda Konetchy had a double-double with 35 assists and 10 digs. Cassie Haag had four blocks and six digs. Concordia hit .330 on the night, outhitting UMD .103.
The Golden Bears jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the first set forcing a quick Minnesota-Duluth timeout. Concordia led 15-9 midway through the set and forced UMD to use their second timeout. Minnesota-Duluth could never get closer than five in the frame as CU took the set 25-19.
It was all Concordia the start of the second set as well as they jumped out to a 7-1 lead. UMD never recovered and fell behind by as much as eight at 20-12. Both the Bulldogs and Golden Bears traded points for the remainder of the set as CU won 25-17.
Minnesota-Duluth put up a fight in the third set, taking a 7-2 lead and forcing a Golden Bear timeout. The timeout worked as Concordia scored six unanswered points after a UMD ace to tie the set at eight.
UMD did not let CU take the lead and held a 15-12 advantage midway through the third set. Five unanswered points by the Golden Bears gave them a 17-15 lead. The advantage was 20-16 when UMD called their second timeout of the set. Concordia stayed poised in front of almost 2,500 fans and scored five of the last six points to win the set and clinch the match.