No. 1 Tampa 3, No. 9 West Texas A&M 1

DENVER -- No. 1 Tampa started out fast on its way to a four set victory against the No. 9 Lady Buffs (16-25, 20-25, 25-19, 21-25) on Friday afternoon to open-up the 2013 Colorado Premiere at the Regis Fieldhouse in Denver. The Lady Buffs drop their first match of the season to move to 5-1 while Tampa improves to 5-0.

The opening set saw the Spartans jump out to a quick start early as they registered 10 of the first 27 points of the match before ending the set on a 15-7 run to take the win, 25-16. The second set started out with the Lady Buffs tallying the opening three points before Tampa fought back to take as much as a six point lead at 19-13 before taking the second set, 25-20.

The third set saw the powerful WT offense dominate throughout as they runs of 5-0 and 6-0 on their way to a 25-19 win. The set saw the Lady Buffs hit .244 as a team with 17 kills while the Spartans hit just .171 with four attack errors.

The Spartans started off the fourth set by tallying six of the first nine points to force a WT timeout, the Lady Buffs responded after the break with a small run of their own to tie the match at 9-9. The two teams traded blows before a small Tampa run forced another Lady Buff timeout with the Spartans leading 18-15. WT wouldn't go down without a fight as they answered with a run of their own following the break to cut the Spartan lead to 19-18 and force a timeout. Tampa closed out the match with a 6-3 run to take the set 25-21.

The top-ranked Spartans were led by Berkley Whaley with 16 kills and 21 digs followed by Holly Reschke with 11 kills while Kahley Patrick dished out a team high 30 assists. Tampa hit .278 as a team with 57 total kills and 7.0 blocks.

No. 1 Tampa 3, No. 21 Regis (Colo.) 1

DENVER -- The Spartans took the second match by 3-1 tally against the No. 21 team in the nation and co-hosts of the tournament, Regis (Colo.).  Tampa took the match by scores of 25-21, 25-19, 25-27, 25-18 as the team heads into the second day of the premier 6-0.

Offensive tandem Jackie Neff and Holly Reschke carried their offensive success to the second match, posting 12 and 13 kills respectively while Berkley Whaley also eclipsed double-digit kills with 11.  Jessica Wagner showed masterful defense with eight blocks and four digs as the middle’s net presence was too much for the Rangers to handle.

Regis was limited to a .159 attack percentage as Reschke, Scholz and setter Gina Clarke recorded double-digit digs to complement Wagner.

No. 2 Minnesota Duluth 3, No. 19 Indianapolis 1

KENOSHA, Wis. -- No. 2 Minnesota Duluth remained undefeated on Friday evening with a 3-1 victory at the Wisconsin-Parkside tournament against No. 19  Indianapolis .

Dropping the first set 23-25, UMD took control of the next three tightly contested sets, defeating the Greyhounds 26-24, 25-15, and 25-23 to move to 5-0 on the young season.

Senior outside hitter Kate Lange led the way with a career-high and UMD single-match record 33 kills in the afternoon tilt. It is the second time in 2013 that Lange has reached the 30-kill plateau.

Sophomore setter Ashley Hinsch did her part to help the Bulldogs with 57 assists, while junior libero Julie Rainey pulled in 21 digs. Also cracking double-digit digs was Katie Ledwell, who added eight kills in the match for UMD.

No. 2 Minnesota Duluth 3, No. 8 Wayne State 1

KENOSHA, Wis. -- After falling in the first set 25-23, the Bulldogs took control of the tightly-contested final three, downing the Greyhounds 26-24, 25-15, and 25-23. Sophomore setter Ashley Hinsch tallied 57 helpers in the first match, while junior libero Julie Rainey grabbed 21 defensive digs. Junior outside hitter Katie Ledwell earned 11 digs of her own in the match while also adding eight kills.

The second match of the evening was another four-set affair, with UMD jumping out to a two-set advantage after a dominating 25-7 second set (25-22 first). The Warriors won a tight 25-23 third set before the Bulldogs took the match with a strong 25-14 final frame.

Lange added a double-double to her impressive night with 27 kills and 16 digs. Four Bulldogs had at least six kills in the match, with Monica Turner (So./MB) cracking double digits with 11. Turner also added five blocks, including one solo. Rainey and Ledwell also tallied double-digit digs, adding 15 and 11, respectively. Hinsch barely missed double figures with nine digs while leading the team with 49 assists for the Bulldogs.

Angelo State 3, No. 3 Nebraska Kearney 1

DENVER -- Arielle Bond had a career high 15 kills to help lead the Angelo State volleyball team to a 3-1 (25-20, 11-25, 25-16, 25-16) win against No. 3 Nebraska-Kearney on Friday in the first match of the Colorado Premier Challenge at the Auraria Event Center. The victory marks the highest ranked team the ASU program has ever beaten and the first time it has beaten a top-five opponent since 1991.

Maggi Jo Keffury led the Belle offense with 43 assists and added seven digs, while Maddie Huth had nine kills, seven digs and three blocks in an all-around performance on the court. Shelby Wilt led ASU with 19 digs, while Kaelen Valdez had 16 digs and three kills. Courtney Bartusiak, a freshman, led the Belles with five blocks and added eight kills.

No. 3 Nebraska-Kearney 3, Metro State 0

DENVER -- Now 35-17 all-time against their former RMAC rival, Nebraska-Kearney hit .291 against the Roadrunners while serving up five aces and getting seven blocks at the net.

Freshman middle Bailey Sokolowski helped UNK bounce back from the loss to the Belles (4-0) by recording 11 kills in a sweep of Metro (-17, -17, -18).

Now 35-17 all-time against their former RMAC rival, UNK hit .291 against the Roadrunners while serving up five aces and getting seven blocks at the net.

No. 4 Concordia-St. Paul 3, Florida Southern 0

DENVER -- The Golden Bears (5-1) kicked off play in the Colorado Premier Challenge with a three-set win against Florida Southern (3-2) Friday afternoon. Concordia took the sets 25-21, 25-11 and 25-10.  The Golden Bears are now 3-0 all-time against FSC.

In the first set, the Golden Bears weren't able to pull away from the Mocs with the teams trading points in the early going.  Concordia went on a 7-1 run to turn a 13-13 score into a 20-14 advantage.  Florida Southern trimmed the lead to 2 at 22-20 but CU shut the door and took the set 25-21.  Heather Schiller led CU with six kills on ten attempts in the set.

The second set was smooth sailing with Concordia jumping out to a 7-1 lead and winning 25-11.

The third set was much of the same with CU again scoring seven of the first eight points en route to a 25-10 set victory and a sweep of the match.

The Golden Bears showed their firepower in the final two sets of the match, hitting .577 in the second and .731 in the third as a team.  Riley Hanson and Erienne Lauersdorf both finished with an identical 11 kills and .588 attack percentages to pace the Golden Bears balanced attack.  Heather Schiller also finished in double digits in kills with 10.  

No. 4 Concordia-St. Paul 3, No. 15 Truman 0

DENVER -- Concordia-St. Paul (6-1) extended its winning streak to three with a 3-0 win over No. 15 Truman (4-2).  The Golden Bears cruised to set wins of 25-9, 25-17 and 25-16.  Concordia picked up their fourth win against a ranked opponent this season.  CU is now 4-1 all-time against the Bulldogs.

Kayla Koenecke finished the match with a double double (11 kills and 10 digs), hitting .625.  Emily McDonough also finished with a double double (10 kills and 10 digs), hitting .615.  Riley Hanson registered another efficient performance by hitting .562 with her 10 kills.  Amanda Konetchy had 35 assists and six digs.  

Central Washington 3, No. 6 Washburn 2

GOLDEN, Colo. -- No. 6 Washburn fell in five (13-25, 18-25, 25-23, 25-16, 15-12) sets Friday afternoon against No. 22 Central Washington in its first match this year against a ranked opponent. 

The Ichabods (4-1) won the first two sets easily against the Wildcats then dropped a close third set, 25-23. Central Washington (3-2) won the fourth set easily and took the fifth set by three points to upset Washburn.

The Ichabods were down 20-13 in the third set before scoring six consecutive to get within a point. Leanna Willer had three consecutive kills at the end of the streak but the Wildcats followed that with a 4-2 run to get to set point. Washburn scored two more after that but a Central Washington kill ended the set.

An 8-0 run early in the fourth set kept Washburn way behind the whole time and in the fifth set the Wildcats went up for good with a 3-0 run after a 7-7 tie. Two kills from Abby Wittman got Washburn within a point at 12-11 but CWU won three of the final four points after that.

After a strong 2-0 start for Washburn, hitting percentages flipped for the two teams. The Ichabods hit .250 in the first two sets and kept Central Washington to under a .100 attack. Washburn then hit less then .140 the final three sets. Central Washington hit .407 in the fourth set and managed to win the fifth despite a negative attack percentage.

Overall, Washburn hit .177 in the match while UCW hit .132 as a team. Washburn had 14 blocks to the Wildcats' nine.

Grand Valley State 3, No. 6 Washburn 2

GOLDEN, Colo. -- On Sept. 2, 2012, Grand Valley State won a pair of five-set matches on the same day for the first time in nearly 25 years. On Friday night, GVSU pulled off the rare feat again, notching five-set victories against Texas Woman's and a dramatic comeback win against No. 6 Washburn.

The Lakers used different performances to win each of the five-set battles. Grand Valley State picked up wins in sets two, four, and five to bounce the Ichabods (19-25, 26-24, 22-25, 25-20, 15-13).

With the victories, GVSU improves to 4-2 on the season and Washburn is 4-2 this year.

The teams were very even on the stat sheet, as GVSU (59 kills, .147 hitting percentage) and Washburn (63, .144) were similar in most categories. Grand Valley State owned slight edges in digs (92-90), assists (59-58), blocks (14-10) and aces (6-3).

GVSU was led by sophomore Kaleigh Lound, who tallied team-bests of 13 kills and six blocks. Lound committed just two hitting errors for a .423 attack clip and three of her blocks were solo rejections. Schroeder added 12 kills, while Aiken earned a double-double of 13 digs and 11 kills. Ronda's line showed seven kills, six digs, four aces, and three blocks.

No. 7 Central Missouri 3, McKendree 0

WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- The Jennies first match of the day was against the McKendree, the Jennies were able to hold the Bearcats to under 15 points the entire match, winning the sets 25-13, 25-14, 25-15. The Jennies dominated the first set, winning the first nine of 10 points. Taylor Goodness and Julia Bates both ended the set with four kills, Becca Blaise was one behind with three.

The second set was much closer for the Bearcats, trailing the Jennies by two to three points for a majority of the set. The Jennies drove home the final five points of the match, uncontested with two kills from Bates, one from both Goodness and Blaise, and an attack error on the Bearcats.

The last set of the match began with McKendree taking the lead, winning four points in a row to start the match. The Jennies caught the Bearcats when the score was 4-6 with a kill from Thompson, and a serving ace from Mikalee Monachino. McKendree tied Central Missouri once more at 11-11, but the Jennies won the next 12 of 15 points, a gap the Bearcats couldn't close. The final point of the match came from a kill by Mackenzie Harding, her first of the season.

No. 7 Central Missouri 3, Ferris State 0

WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- Central Missouri next set their sights on No. 23 Ferris State, the only ranked team they would face this weekend. In the first set the Jennies won seven of the first ten points, with three kills from Goodness and two from Blaise. That small lead was all Central Missouri needed, Ferris State only came within two points of the Jennies once before the set was over. Goodness had six kills in the first match, Blaise finished with four and Sojka with three.

The second set of the night was the only time Central Missouri allowed their opponent to reach twenty points the entire day. Ferris State caught the Jennies at 7-7, and took the lead for the first time of the match with the two points following. Central Missouri caught back up two points later, and didn't lose the lead again for the rest of the set. The Jennies added four consecutive points, at 21-21, to finish the set. Goodness again had six kills in the set, Bates, Sojka, and Maddie Jones all had three.

In the final set of the night for Central Missouri, Ferris State put up a fight, and even led the Jennies within the first nine points of the set. Although the Jennies won several points in a row earlier in the set, Ferris State effectively stopped the Jennies from running away with the end of the match. Central Missouri earned their final six of eight points one-by-one.

Goodness ended her dynamic performance with five kills, and a grand total of 30 kills for the night. Sojka also reached double digits, with 10 kills against Ferris State.   

No. 8 Wayne State (Neb.) 3, Lindenwood 0

PUEBLO, Colo. -- No. 8 Wayne State opened play Friday morning in the CSU Pueblo Ramada ThunderWolves Volleyball Classic with a 3-0 sweep against Lindenwood.  Scores of the match were 25-11, 25-19 and 25-21. 

WSC improved to 5-0 on the season with the win.

Unofficial statistics for the match show Cori Hobbs leading the way for the Wildcats with 12 kills followed by Alyssa Frauendorfer with seven kills and a .429 attack percentage.  Leisa McClintock had 22 assists for WSC, who hit .271 in the contest while holding Lindenwood to an attack percentage of .034.

No. 8 Wayne State (Neb.) 3, Chadron State 0

PUEBLO, Colo. -- Cori Hobbs had 11 kills with Alyssa Frauendorfer adding eight to lead No. 8 Wayne State (Neb.) in a 25-14, 25-16 and 25-21 win against Chadron State Friday afternoon. Wayne State is now 6-0 with the win while CSC falls to 3-3.

Wayne State outhit the Eagles in the contest .196-.085.  Sophomore setter Leisa McClintock handed out 26 set assists and had four service aces in the win while sophomore libero Courtney VanGroningen was credited with 16 digs for the Wildcats.

No. 21 Regis (Colo.) 3, No. 9 West Texas A&M 2

DENVER -- No. 9 West Texas A&M claimed the opening two sets but were defeated by the No. 21 Rangers in a five set thriller (25-18, 25-21, 19-25, 23-25, 11-15) at the Regis Fieldhouse in Denver during the second game of the Colorado Premiere. The Lady Buffs fall to 5-2 overall while the Rangers move to 4-2.

The Rangers were led by Caitie Breaux and Katie Klein with 16 kills each, Jaclyn Williamson dished out a team high 37 assists while teammate Maya Kirkeby registered a match high 20 digs.

The Lady Buffs were led offensively by Lauren Bevan with 13 kills followed by Halie Harton and Laura Iwuchukwu with 11 each. Kameryn Hayes dished out a match high 46 assists while teammate Lauren Britten tallied 16 digs.

No. 10 Fresno Pacific 3, No. 18 Cal State San Bernadino 2

SAN DIEGO -- In the opening match of the UC San Diego Invitational, Fresno Pacific outlasted Cal State San Bernadino in a battle of ranked teams that went to a marathon set five. The Coyotes (2-3) had the Sunbirds (4-0) at match-point seven different times during the fifth set but each time FPU rallied to tie it up.

The Coyotes led 21-20 before a Morghan Williams kill tied it up. Sunbird star outside hitter Rupia Inck then delivered back-to-back kills to seal the win. The fifth set alone featured 16 ties between the two teams.

The FPU defense carried the day as the team was out-hit .209 to .192 but registered 100 digs as a team. Leading the way was sophomore Hannah Butler with a career-high 38 digs. Lyndsie Petersen added 21.

Rupia Inck had a career-high 28 kills, to go with 13 digs in the win. Morghan Williams added 19 kills and Jessie Alcorn finished with 17. Williams led the team with six blocks. Freshman Bissie DenHartog facilitated the offense with a season-high 64 assists.

No. 10 Fresno Pacific 3, No. 13 Cal. Poly Pomona 1

SAN DIEGO -- After outlasting No. 18 Cal State San Bernardino, the Sunbirds (5-0) had enough left in the tank to knock off the Broncos (1-5) and remain undefeated heading into tomorrow's showdown with No. 13 UC San Diego.

Rupia Inck had 17 kills, while Morghan Williams and Rebecca Waller added 13 apiece in the win. Hannah Butler once again led a stout Sunbird defense, finishing with 18 digs. Bissie DenHartog finished with a double-double of 53 assists and 13 digs.

After a lackluster set two allowed the Broncos to tie it up, the Sunbirds came out firing in set three taking a 15-5 lead. Inconsistent play was almost the team's downfall however, as CPP nearly came all the way back with a 14-6 run that trimmed the lead to 21-19. The power combo of Inck and Alcorn would be the difference down the stretch though as the Sunbirds closed it out.