St. Thomas tops UW-Eau Claire
Win gives Tommies 30 victories on the season
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- St. Thomas (Minn.) reached 30 victories on the season with Friday's 3-0 defeat of UW-Eau Claire in the NCAA regional tournament. The Tommies eliminated the Blugolds, 25-18, 25-17, 25-21.
St. Thomas (30-4), which has won 17 of its last 18 matches, advances to Saturday's semifinal round.
St. Thomas, which now has a record of 30-4, opened the first set with a 25-18 win. The Blugolds started off slow and the Tommies were able to build a 20-9 lead before the Blugolds closed in a little. Eau Claire used an 8-3 run to get to within six but St. Thomas held on for the 25-18 win.
In the second set, the Tommies once again came out strong and built a lead the Blugolds couldn't overcome. This time, St. Thomas found its way to an 18-9 lead before the Blugolds used a 7-4 run to again get within six but the Tommies once again held on to win 25-17.
The third set was contested closely. The teams kept the score almost even for the opening minutes but the Blugolds were able to build a slight lead a couple of times during the match. While the Blugolds led 18-16 at one point, the Tommies came from behind and scored five in a row to take a 21-18 lead. Over the final minutes, St. Thomas outscored the Blugolds 7-3 to take the 25-21 win
Jill Greenfield had 11 kills and 18 digs, Nicole Potts had 11 kills, Kelly Foley had nine kills, Kaitlain Wachter had 13 digs, and Ashley Maher had 38 assists.