No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul 3, No. 9 Indianapolis 0

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The No. 1 Golden Bears (3-1) got back to their winning ways with a three set win against the No. 9 Greyhounds (1-3) on Saturday night in a rematch of the 2009 NCAA quarterfinals in St. Paul.

Indianapolis battled the Golden Bears throughout the first set, taking their only lead at 17-16 after a four point run.  Concordia answered back with a four point run, grabbing a 20-17 advantage.  The Greyhounds would get it back to 23-22 before a pair of attack errors gave the Golden Bears a 25-22 set win.  Indianapolis' Hailey Brown led all hitters with five kills in the first set as Kayla Koenecke and Erienne Lauersdorf each had four for CU.

In the second set the Golden Bears used an eight point run to break a 4-4 tie and put the lead out of reach.  CU would go on to win the match by a score of 25-14.  Koenecke added seven more kills in the second.

Concordia was able to finish off the Greyhounds in the third set by a score of 25-9, holding Indianapolis to -.111 hitting in the third.

Koenecke paced the Golden Bear attack with 15 kills while hitting an efficient .464 in the match.  She completed the double-double by adding 15 digs.  Senior hitter Erienne Lauersdorf set a career high with 12 kills.  

Hailey Brown was the only Greyhound player in double figures for kills with 12.

Wayne State 3, No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Wayne State College (3-0) knocked off the top ranked Concordia Golden Bears volleyball (2-1) in four sets Saturday. This was the first regular season loss on their home court since 2011 also against Wayne State.  WSC is 6-20 in all-time trips to St. Paul.

The Wildcats dominated play in the first set, holding a lead from start to finish.  They outhit the Golden Bears .400 to .143 and were led by six kills from Cori Hobbs.

In the second set the two teams matched each other point for point for much of the play with the Golden Bears tying the score at 21 on a service error by Wayne State.  WSC scored four of the next five points to grab a 2-0 set lead.

Concordia answered back in a tight third set in which the Wildcats used a four point run to tie the score at 22 late before the Golden Bears grabbed the last three points to extend the match.  Emily McDonough led the way in the third with six kills while the CU defense held the Wildcats to just a .163 attack percentage.

The Golden Bears held an early 9-5 lead in the fourth set but were unable to hold off Wayne State and dropped the set 25-23.  Cori Hobbs had six more kills in the set and finished the match with 20 kills.

Concordia was led by McDonough's 15 kills, while Kayla Koenecke and Heather Schiller also reached double digits with 12 and 10, respectively.  Sophomore setter Kasey Williams hit the 40+ set plateau for the third consecutive match, finishing with 41.  Wayne State's stifling defense held the high powered Golden Bear attack to just .191 as a team in the match.

No. 2 Tampa 3,  Anderson (S.C.) 1

LAKELAND, Fla. -- In their second and final match of the FSC/Terrace Hotel Classic, the Spartans continued their success with a 3-1 victory against Anderson (S.C.) (25-16, 25-17, 16-25, 25-12).

Offensive tandem Holly Reschke and Jackie Neff continued to punish opponents as the duo swatted 13 and 9 kills respectively.  Setter Gina Clark and Kahley Patrick led the offensive tempo with 24 and 18 assists while the latter served a trio of aces in the win.
Defensively the floor was covered by liberos Jen Scholz and Frances Cardenas as the two split sets with 14 and nine digs to complement eight from Reschke.

No. 2 Tampa 3, Wisconsin-Parkside 0

LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Spartans took their first victory against Wisconsin-Parkside 3-0 on Saturday. 

The Rangers of UWP dip to 2-1 on the season. 

The Spartans took yet another consecutive set sweep against Wisconsin-Parkside by scores of 25-16, 25-14, and 26-24.  Junior Neff led the squad with nine kills while Berkeley Whaley tallied eight alongside her four digs, two blocks and two service aces.

Meagan Burke swatted six kills at an errorless .750 hitting percentage while Reschke put forth a 7-for-12 showing in her two sets of work.  Setter Patrick paced the Tampa offense with her 22 assists but also notched three each of kills and service aces.

Libero Scholz picked up 12 digs in the third set to lead the team on defense as Jessica Wagner blocked four Ranger attacks at the net.

The Spartans totaled nine service aces in the victory and have continued their strong net presence with eight total blocks.

No. 3 Nebraska-Kearney 3, South Dakota Mines 0

KEARNEY, Neb. -- No. 3 Nebraska-Kearney remained perfect on the season by sweeping both Black Hills State (-17, -18, -18) and South Dakota Mines (-15, -15, -18) Saturday at the New Victorian Inn & Suites/Ruza Fall Classic at the Health & Sports Center.

UNK was the only team in the tourney to go 4-0.

After leading Kearney in kills in two wins Friday, Lincoln senior outside Ashley Leitner was at it again today, going for 15 against the Yellowjackets and recording 14 in the win against the Hardrockers.

A rare D2 independent, Mines also played its best match of the weekend against the Lopers. Recording 36 kills as a team the 'Rockers got 21 digs from libero Mikkella Reese and 11 kills from middle Sam Johnson.

Trailing only four times on the night, UNK got 12 kills and a .600 hitting percentage from senior middle Ellie Pesavento and 20 digs from junior libero Liz McGowan. 

No. 3 Nebraska-Kearney 3, Black Hills State 0

KEARNEY, Neb. -- Nebraska-Kearney was able to defeat Black Hills State (-17, -18, -18). 

A long Ashley Leitner serving stretch helped UNK pull away from the team that replaced them in the RMAC, Black Hills. Getting 12 kills from outside Amy O'Neill, Black Hills hung around in each set but UNK recorded 17 more kills and dug up 16 more balls to earn the victory.

No. 4 Minnesota Duluth 3, Missouri S&T 0

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Senior outside hitter Kate Lange earned her 1500th career kill as No. 4 Minnesota Duluth made it a perfect 4-0 at the West Florida Opening Weekend Tournament in Pensacola by defeating Missouri S&T in consecutive sets Saturday evening.

With 11 kills in the match, Lange now has 83 on the season and 1,506 for her career, good for sixth all-time at UMD.

The Miners scored the first point of the match, but the Bulldogs quickly made it 2-1 and never relinquished the lead in the first set.

The match's second set was more competitive with Missouri leading much of the first half. UMD pulled even and the score tied six times before the Bulldogs pulled away with five unanswered points to win 25-20.

The final game proved to be the Bulldogs' most dominant of the weekend as they pulled away to an 8-0 lead to start the set before winning by a 25-12 final.

Junior outside hitter Katie Ledwell also cracked double digits in kills for UMD with 10 of her own while also adding eight digs. Junior libero Julie Rainey tallied 14 digs in the match, while sophomore setter Ashley Hinsch racked up 29 set assists.

No. 4 Minnesota Duluth 3, Southern Indiana 1

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Minnesota Duluth continued its winning pace at the West Florida Opening Tournament, defeating the University of Southern Indiana 3-1 on Saturday.

The Bulldogs won the first set, a dominant 25-14 victory which saw UMD lead by as many as 12 points.

The second and third sets had matching 25-21 scores -- the second falling the way of the Screaming Eagles before the Bulldogs took the highly competitive third set which saw three tied scores.

Southern Indiana pulled ahead to a 16-12 lead in the fourth set before UMD stormed onto an 11-0 run to take the final game 25-18, and the match 3-1.

Senior outside hitter Kate Lange led the way with a double-double with 23 kills on 59 attacksas well as 17 digs. Juniors Katie Ledwell and Maddy Siroin also broke double digits in kills, with 12 and 14 respectively.

Sophomore setter Ashley Hinsch added a double-double of her own with 56 set assists and 10 digs. 

No. 5 BYU-Hawaii 3, Chico State 1

LAIE, Hawaii -- Behind Shih Ting Chen’s career-high 26 kills, No. 5 BYU-Hawaii took down Chico State 3-1 (25-22, 24-26, 25-11, 25-22) on Saturday night.

Chen’s 26 kills came in addition to her 11 digs and four assists. Erh Fang Hsu added 12 kills, five digs, four assisted blocks and one solo block while Erica Willes and Lacy Miyahira added seven kills apiece.

Melanie Manutai, Ho’onani Apo added 15 digs each to lead BYU-Hawaii (5-0) while Brydgette Tatupu-Leopoldo added 14 of her own. The Wildcats (1-2) were limited to just a .109 hitting percentage for the match.

Grand Valley State 3, No. 6 Southwest Minnesota State 1

ALLENDALE, Mich. - No. 6 Southwest Minnesota State fell to Grand Valley State 3-1 (25-12, 21-25, 24-26, 25-20) to close out the four-game tournament. It was the second loss that SMSU has suffered by non-AVCA ranked opponents since Sept. 15, 2009, when Wayne State (Neb.) defeated SMSU 3-2 in the PE Gym.

In the match versus Grand Valley State, the Mustangs came out of the gate strong with a 25-12 set one victory, but couldn't keep the momentum and dropped the next three sets in order by scores of 21-25, 24-26 and 25-20. Whitney Burmeister had a career-high 17 kills in the loss.

SMSU (2-2) will take the next six days off of competition.

Wayne State 3, No. 6 Southwest Minnesota State 2

No. 6 Southwest Minnesota State dropped a matches on Saturday to Wayne State 3-2 (22-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-19, 13-15),

In the match versus Wayne State, SMSU dropped the first two sets and couldn't overcome WSU in the fifth set as the Mustangs fell in a five set thriller, 3-2 (22-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-19, 13-15).

This loss marked the first loss to an non-AVCA unrankes opponent in three years, coincedentally that loss in 2009 was against Wayne State. 

No. 7 Washburn 3,  Ferris State 1

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. -- The seventh-ranked Ichabods beat host Ferris State 3-1 in the afternoon as they improved to 4-0 for the 12th consecutive year, all under head coach Chris Herron.

Washburn beat FSU 22-25, 25-15, 25-21, 26-24 to finish action in the Bulldog Invitational. 

The Ferris State match was Washburn's toughest of the weekend. The Bulldogs trailed 22-20 in the opening set then scored five consecutive points to win 25-22. Washburn then won easily in the second set and held of Ferris State in the third set to go up 2-1. The Ichabods scored 10 of 12 points at one point in the fourth set to build a 17-12 lead but then gave up 12 of the next 15 points to fall behind 24-21. The Bulldogs got to set point by scoring five consecutive points.

Washburn then answered with five consecutive of its own to clinch the match. Leanna Willer had two consecutive kills and then one from Sarah Vicory tied it at 24-24. Two consecutive Ferris State errors won it for Washburn.

Vicory had 15 kills and hit .448 with two errors in 29 attempts. Willer added 14 kills and Marissa Cox had a team-high 16 with a .314 attack percentage. Willer had 13 digs for a double-double. Abby Wittman also had a double-double with 40 assists and 23 digs while Kelsey Lewis added 23 digs at libero.

Washburn hit .195 as a team while the Bulldogs had a .167 percentage.The Bulldogs had nine blocks while Washburn had four.

No. 7 Washburn 3, California (Pa.) 0

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. -- The seventh-ranked Ichabods swept California (Pa.) Saturday morning 25-17, 25-15, 25-20.

The Cal match had 20 ties and 12 lead changes but Washburn managed to win each set by at least five.

Marissa Cox led with 10 kills and hit .421 while Hannah Frierdich added eight kills and three blocks. Wittman had 26 assists and 10 digs.

No. 8 Central Missouri 3, No. 23 Adams State 0

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- In the final match of the day the Jennies faced Adams State, the only ranked team Central Missouri faced all weekend. The match started of with a close set , Adams State leading through the first fourteen points. Central Missouri took the lead with three consecutive points, one kill from both Taylor Gooddness and Haley Thompson and another serving ace from Annie Reilly, making the score 11-8. The Jennies then won four of the next seven points to take a four point lead that Adams State never closed. The match ended with a serving ace from Mikalee Monachino, the final score was 25-18.

The Jennies ran away with the second set, that was relatively close until the Jennies won eight consecutive points, including four serving aces in a row by Sojka, making the score 20-7. Adams State added only three more points before the Jennies finished off the set, 25-10. In the final set of the evening, the Jennies again started strong winning eight of the first ten points. Central Missouri lead Adams State the rest of the match by at least five points. The final point of the match was a service ace by Julia Bates, the final score was 25-17.

No. 8 Central Missouri 3, Texas Woman's 0

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- In the Jennies first match of the day was against Texas Woman's, they won all three sets 25-13 25-17 25-13.

Kills by Haley Thompson won four of the Jennies first six points of the match. The Jennies lead Texas Woman's for the rest of the set, finishing off the Pioneers with two consecutive points from Carly Sojka and Taylor Gooddness. Julia Bates registered 17 assists in the first set alone.

The second set was the closest of the match. The Jennies came out winning the first eight of ten points, taking a 14-5 lead before the Pioneers had a chance to catch up. Texas Woman's went on a short lived streak, winning four points in a row to make the score 14-9, before Sojka added a point for Central Missouri with a kill. The rest of the set was back and forth between the Jennies and Pioneers, but Texas Woman's was never able to close the six point lead, the set ending at 25-17.

The third set was quick, with Central Missouri scoring five points fast, with two kills from Thompson and Gooddness and a serving ace from Annie Reilly. The Jennies continued to score two and three points in a row for the remainder of the match, allowing the Pioneers only one to two points at a time. The final point of the match came from a kill by Becca Blaise, her second match point of the day.

No. 9 Indianapolis 3, Hillsdale 0

SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Indianapolis earned its first win of the season, defeating Midwest Region foe Hillsdale in straight sets in its first match of the Concorida University Tournament at the Gangelhoff Center in St. Paul, Minn.

Hillsdale is a familiar opponent for the Greyhounds; the teams met each of the previous four years in the regional tournament.

The Greyhounds opened the match by taking the first set, 25-20. Trailing 20-19, UIndy scored six consecutive points behind three Julia Watkins kills.

Hillsdale turned the momentum around in set two, racing out to a 6-0 lead. A Hailey Brown kill stopped the run, and the Greyhounds were able to climb back and tie the set, 13-13. Once again, UIndy found itself down 20-19, but went on a 6-2 run to finish off the Chargers in the second set, 25-22. The Greyhounds used two separate 4-0 runs in set three to find an advantage and win in an otherwise close match, 25-21.