Top 10 Roundup
No. 4 Concordia-St. Paul takes down No. 1 Tampa
No. 1 Tampa 3, No. 14 Southwest Minnesota State 0
No. 4 Concordia-St. Paul 3, No. 1 Tampa 1
DENVER -- No. 1 Tampa split the final day of the Colorado Premier Challenge.
The Spartans return to home with a 7-1 overall record after defeating No. 14 Southwest Minnesota State 3-0 but then were handed their first loss by No. 4 Concordia-St. Paul 3-1.
Sophomore Jessica Wagner ended the day with 12 blocks, ending the tournament with 25 total. Senior Holly Reschke grounded 24 kills on the day while fellow outside hitter Berkley Whaley notched 21. The trio was named to the Colorado Premier all-tournament team for their performances.
The Spartans made quick work of SMSU by set scores of 25-12, 26-24, and 25-15. Middle blocker Wagner had 11 blocks while also grounding seven kills. Hitting tandem Whaley and Reschke each posted eight kills as the latter also assisted five blocks.
The Spartans totaled 17 blocks in the three-set contest, limiting the Mustangs to a -.045 hitting clip. SMSU was led by Abbey Thissen, the lone player to record double-digit kills with 10.
UT met a familiar foe in the final match of the tournament as the Spartans were on the losing end of a top-five showdown. The No. 4 Golden Bears gave Tampa its first loss by scores of 25-27, 25-16, 25-15, and 25-18.
Sophomore Marissa Lisenbee amassed 10 kills in the match while Reschke and Whaley led with 16 and 13 kills, respectively. Libero Frances Cardenas picked up 15 digs while sophomore Jen Scholz tallied 10.
Concordia was led by Erienne Lauerdorf and Kayla Koenecke as the duo grounded 21 and 17 kills as Koenecke posted a triple-double with 10 assists and 14 digs.
No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth 3, Wisconsin-Parkside 0
No. 2 Minneota-Duluth 3, Lewis 0
KENOSHA, Wis. -- The No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth continued its season-opening unbeaten streak with a pair of three-set sweeps against host Wisconsin-Parkside and Lewis to close out the Wisconsin-Parkside Tournament on Saturday.
Junior middle blocker Maddy Siroin had an impressive first match on the offensive end with eight kills on 10 attacks and just one error. Senior outside hitter Kate Lange added 11 kills to lead UMD offensively. Junior Katie Ledwell led the way with 13 digs while also adding five kills and five assists. Sophomore setter Ashley Hinsch had 25 assists to lead the way for UMD in that category, while junior libero Julie Rainey added 10 digs of her own.
The Bulldogs moved to 8-0 in the tournament finale Saturday evening, making quick work of the Lewis Flyers with set scores of 25-14, 25-20, and 25-10. As a team, UMD posted a .412 attack percentage and just two reception errors in the match. Lange added 12 kills to bring her season total to 168 in just eight matches. Ledwell and Siroin barely missed double figures with nine kills apiece. Hinsch had 40 assists in the match while junior libero Rainey pulled in 13 defensive digs for UMD.
No. 3 Nebraska-Kearney 3, No. 15 Truman 0
No. 3 Nebraska-Kearney 3, No. 17 West Florida 1
DENVER -- Third-ranked Nebraska-Kearney went 3-1 this weekend at the Colorado Premier Challenge in Denver by beating Truman State (25-20, 25-22, 25-19) and West Florida (21-25, 25-24, 25-13, 25-14) on Saturday.
Against the 17th-ranked UWF Argonauts, senior outside Ashley Leitner had a career-high 20 kills and hit .390 with middles Bailey Sokolowski and Ellie Pesavento providing 18 kills and six blocks.
Also, senior middle/right side Katie Sokolowski, who has been out with injury, returned to the court and had eight kills and hit a solid .319.
UNK was just two points away from a 2-0 deficit but got a kill from Leitner and block from Sokolowski and Leitner to tie things at one. The Lopers then rolled over the final two sets.
Against 15th-ranked Truman, junior libero/outside Liz McGowan had a team-high 13 kills and dug up 10 balls with Leitner (12) and Pesavento (10) also reaching double digits in kills.
Back-to-back kills gave Kearney a 23-21 lead in the second set. The Lopers then closed out the set thanks to a kill by sophomore setter Erin Seele.
No. 4 Concordia-St. Paul 3, No. 11 Angelo State 1
DENVER -- Concordia-St. Paul advanced to the championship in the Colorado Premier Challenge after handing No. 11 Angelo State (6-1) its first loss in four sets on Saturday afternoon.
Concordia had five players finish with double digit kills in the match, led by Emily McDonough's 15. She also had 10 digs to pick up her third double double of the year. Two other Golden Bears finished with double-doubles as Kayla Koenecke put up her fourth double-double of the year with 13 kills and 15 digs and Kara Pioske contributed 14 kills and 16 digs. Pioske's 14 kills were a career high. Amanda Konetchy had a season-high 56 assists and Taylor Dordan had a season-high 24 digs in Concordia's fifth win against a ranked opponent.
No. 4 Concordia-St. Paul 3, No. 1 Tampa 1
DENVER -- Concordia-St. Paul (8-1) won the Colorado Premier Challenge for the fourth time in eight trips on Saturday night with a four-set win against the No. 1 Tampa Spartans (7-1). Tampa took the first set before the Golden Bears swept the last three, with scores of 25-27, 25-16, 25-15 and 25-18. Concordia is now 7-3 all-time against Tampa.
Senior All-American Kayla Koenecke was named the tournament's most outstanding player for her triple-double performance with 17 kills, 14 digs and 10 assists while hitting .500 on the attack.
Kasey Williams posted her second career double double despite not playing in the first set at all. She filled in for Amanda Konetchy and had 34 assists and 11 digs. Emily McDonough was the third Golden Bear to put up a double double with 12 kills and 12 digs. Senior Erienne Lauersdorf had an impressive performance by topping her previous career-high 12 kills with 21. Concordia hit .396 as a team.
No. 6 Washburn 3, Tarleton State 2
No. 6 Washburn 3, Western Oregon 0
GOLDEN, Colo. -- Corrine Stringer had a pair of breakout games and Abby Wittman had 93 assists as sixth-ranked Washburn won twice Saturday in the final day of the Colorado Mines Oredigger Volleyball Classic.
Washburn (6-2) beat Tarleton State 3-2 (25-16, 17-25, 26-24, 15-13) to end its first regular-season losing streak of any length since 2006 and then swept Western Oregon (25-15, 25-20, 25-10).
Stringer played in her first action since 2010 this weekend and had 13 kills against Tarleton State and 15 against Western Oregon. Stringer, an All-America transfer, hit .414 in the WOU match and added six digs.
She was one of three Ichabods to reach double figures in the match against Tarleton State. Marissa Cox had 20 and Leanna Willer had 12. Willer added 14 digs for a double-double. Abby Wittman also had a double-double with 57 assists and 21 digs. That was her second consecutive match with more than 50 assists and sixth consecutive double-double.
The match marked the first time Washburn played three consecutive five-set matches since the opening weekend of the 2003 season. Washburn and the Texanns traded easy wins in the first two sets then Washburn won the third set by two points after 12 ties and lead changes. Washburn had a 10-0 run midway through that set but then gave up eight of the next 10 points to let TSU back in it. A kill from Cox and then a block from Rebecca Maasen and Stringer ended that set.
Washburn led 21-19 in the fourth set but lost six of the last seven points to go into a deciding set. That set was tied at 13-13 before Cox set down a kill and Kelsey Lewis ended it with an ace.
Washburn only trailed once in the Western Oregon match, 3-0 in the second set. The Ichabods answered that with a 9-2 run and went on to win by five. Washburn started the third set on a 4-0 run and only allowed 10 points in the easy win.
Stringer had 15 kills and six digs and Korie Thompson had 10 kills with a .318 attack percentage
No. 7 Central Missouri 3, Minnesota State-Moorhead 1
No. 7 Central Missouri 3, Colorado-Colorado Springs 0
WARRENBURG, Mo. -- The Jennies finished the Peggy Martin Challenge with their undefeated record intact. Central Missouri beat both the Minnesota State-Moorhead Dragons and the Colorado-Colorado Springs Lions on Saturday to bring their record to 9-0. Taylor Goodness had finished the tournament with 62 total kills, 27 total kills from the matches Friday and Saturday.
The third set of the first match held a first for the Jennies this season -- a loss. Central Missouri came out strong and led the Dragons until Moorhead won nine of 11 points at 14-12, to take the lead at 16-22. The Jennies came close to regaining their lead at 23-34, before a serving error from Annie Reilly finished the match, and Moorhead handed Central their first set loss of the season, after a 23-set streak.
In the fourth and final set the Jennies made it clear they would not lose again early. Central Missouri took the lead 6-0 to start, and won 15 of the first 20 points. In their 15 points Courtney Cornell had two serving aces, Goodness had four Haley Thompson had two kills. The Dragons made a small comeback, before finishing the match for themselves with a serving ace, Central winning 25-18.
In the final match of the Peggy Martin Challenge, Central Missouri held Colorado Springs to under 15 points in each set, winning 25-14, 25-15, 25-14. Colorado Springs took an early lead in the set, but Central Missouri quickly caught up, and never looked back. The Jennies drove in the final seven points of the match uncontested.
Goodness was named the most outstanding player of the Peggy Martin Challenge. Julia Bates, Carly Sojka, and Reilly were also named to the all-tournament team.
No. 8 Wayne State (Neb.) 3, William Jewell 0
PUEBLO, Colo. -- No. 8 Wayne State (Neb.) swept William Jewell 3-0 at the CSU Pueblo Ramada ThunderWolves Volleyball Classic with scores of the match going 25-14, 25-16 and 25-9. The Wildcats relentlessly pounded the ball hitting .533 in the contest with 55 kills and seven errors on 90 total attacks. WSC improves to 7-0 on the season while William Jewell falls to 1-6.
Wayne State's defense forced William Jewell into a .074 hitting percentage in the first set as they could only muster seven kills on 27 attacks with five errors. The Wildcats were able to hit .586 in the first set with 19 kills and only two errors on 29 attacks. WSC continued the sizzling hitting percentage in the second set with another 19 kills and two attack errors, this time on 30 attacks, for a hitting percentage of .567. The 'Cats dipped below the .500 hitting percentage mark in the third set hitting .452 with 17 kills and three errors on 31 attacks.
No. 8 Wayne State (Neb.) 3, Southwestern Oklahoma 0
PUEBLO, Colo. -- Sophomore rightside hitter Elizabeth Gebhardt recorded a career-high 11 kills while hitting .556 for the match to lead No. 8 Wayne State (Neb.) in a 25-13, 25-11 and 25-20 win against Southwestern Oklahoma at the CSU Pueblo Ramada ThunderWolves Volleyball Classic on Saturday night. The Wildcats improve to 8-0 on the season with the win while Southwestern Oklahoma falls to 3-6.
WSC held the Lady Bulldogs to a -.010 attack percentage, allowing just 16 SWOSU kills while forcing 17 attack errors. The Wildcats hit .171 in the win and held a sizeable 43-16 advantage in kills along with an 8-1 edge in service aces.
Senior Cori Hobbs led WSC in hitting with 13 kills and 11 digs for her fifth double-double of the season. Gebhardt followed with her career-high 11 kills and .556 attack percentage. Sophomore libero Courtney VanGroningen notched a match-high 20 digs followed by Katie Hughes with 13 digs and four service aces. Sophomore setter Leisa McClintock was credited with 32 set assists in the win.
No. 9 West Texas A&M 3, Adams State 2
DENVER -- The No. 9 Lady Buffs of West Texas A&M rebounded from a pair of Friday losses to top the Grizzlies of Adams State in a five set thriller (23-25, 29-31, 25-11, 25-17, 15-13) on Saturday during day two of the Colorado Premiere at Auraria Event Center on the campus of Metro State. The Lady Buffs move to 6-2 on the season while Adams State falls to 2-5.
The Lady Buffs were led offensively by Halie Harton and Lauren Bevan with 16 kills each followed by Lee Golden with 14. Kameryn Hayes dished out a team high 52 assists while Lauren Britten tallied 12 digs in the match.
The Lady Buffs hit .286 as a team with 14 attack errors and 20.0 total blocks. The Grizzles hit .208 as a team with 36 attack errors and 1.0 total blocks.
Florida Southern 3, No. 9 West Texas A&M 2
DENVER -- Led by 17 kills from sophomore middle blocker Kayshia Brady and 14 kills from junior outside hitter Kate Stromberg, Florida Southern topped No. 9 West Texas A&M (25-21, 15-25, 25-21, 25-17) on Saturday evening in the first-place match of the Bronze Division at the Colorado Premier Challenge at the Auraria Events Center on the Metro State campus.
The win improves FSC to 5-3 on the season, while West Texas A&M falls to 6-3 and completes the tournament with a 1-3 record.
Brady (.375 hitting percentage) and Stromberg's (.256 hitting percentage) strong offensive nights were very evident during the final two sets as they combined to record 22 kills of their team's 37 kills. Brady had five kills in the third set and seven in the fourth set, while Stromberg added three kills in the third set and had seven in the decisive fourth set.
No. 13 UC San Diego 3, No. 10 Fresno Pacific 1
SAN DIEGO -- The Sunbirds (5-2) took the first set 25-23 but ran out of gas against a strong Triton team that was playing its first match of the day. UCSD remained undefeated on the season, improving to 7-0 with the win, though the Sunbirds did what only one other team has managed to do this season by taking a set off the Tritons.
Rupia Inck had 17 kills and 13 digs to lead FPU. Hannah Butler led the defense with 24 digs and Bissie DenHartog added a double-double of 36 assists and 14 digs. Jessie Alcorn had nine kills and 14 digs.
Sophie Rowe had 20 kills to lead the Tritons and Brittany Lombardi led a very strong UCSD defense with 25 digs. The Tritons would out-hit FPU .369 to .248 and had an impressive sideout percentage of 69% compared to 53 for FPU.
Cal State Dominguez Hills 3, No. 10 Fresno Pacific 0
SAN DIEGO -- Fresno Pacific suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday morning, falling in consecutive sets to an upstart Cal State Dominguez Hills team. The Sunbirds made too many unforced errors and hit just .087 in the loss. Rupia Inck had 12 kills and Hannah Butler finished with 19 digs.
"We made far too many errors," head coach Kelly Winter said. "Hopefully this will prove to be a good lesson for us. We can't waste energy, we have to be efficient. We can't spot a team five points and then try to battle from there. There has to be more consistency."
The Toros (7-1) remained undefeated at the tournament behind a stellar defense led by Elizabeth Krieger's 17 digs.