Top 10 Roundup
No. 2 UMD earns perfect non-conference record
No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth 3, Northern Michigan 0
DULUTH, Minn. -- Minnesota-Duluth finishes the non-conference portion of its regular season schedule with a perfect 10-0 record after sweeping Northern Michigan in three sets at Romano Gymnasium on Tuesday.
UMD (16-1) will defend its 6-1 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference record the rest of the way after downing the Wildcats (12-4, 6-1 GLIAC) by set scores of 25-17, 25-17. and 25-12. The first set was a fight which saw the Bulldogs trailing before coming back to tie it at 14-all.
From there, UMD scored 11 of the final 14 points to take the set. Game 2 had the same result as UMD sprung out early, leading 16-9 before nursing the lead to the 25-17 final.
In the final set, the Bulldogs showed their dominance: they scored the first five points and continued to build on that lead before downing the Wildcats by a 13-point margin.
No. 8 Nebraska-Kearney 3, No. 15 Wayne State 0
KEARNEY, Neb. -- Senior Ashley Leitner and sophomore MJ Massanet combined for 24 kills to power eighth-ranked Nebraska-Kearney to a sweep of 15th-ranked Wayne State (-13, -24, -12) on Tuesday night in the Health & Sports Center.
To beat Wayne for a 69th time, UNK roared out of the gates, taking the first set by 12 points. Recording 14 kills, the Lopers held the 'Cats to a negative 116 (5-10-43) efficiency, getting out to leads of 10-5 and 18-9.
Wayne fought back and the second set featured six ties and two lead changes. UNK used a 12-8 run to break an nine-all tie and seemingly was in good shape to take a 2-0 match lead.
The third and final set was much like the first as UNK held leads of 15-4 and 20-6. The Lopers recorded four aces in this final stanza, two coming from junior libero Liz McGowan.
Texas Woman's 3, No. 10 Angelo State 0
DENTON, Texas -- Angelo State suffered its first sweep of the season and its second consecutive loss with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-17) Lone Star Conference defeat to Texas Woman's on Tuesday at the Kitty Magee Arena.
Angelo State was limited to a .082 hitting percentage in the loss and committed 23 errors. TWU hit .202 in the match and limited its errors to 16 and had 78 digs in the match to ASU's 67 digs. The Pioneers also held an 11.5-4 blocking advantage in the match and took advantage of six ASU service errors.
Arielle Bond led the Belles with 10 kills with Maddie Huth adding eight kills and two blocks. Maggi Jo Keffury had 23 assists and 11 digs with Katie MacLeay leading the team with 17 digs. Shelby Wilt contributed 10 digs and five assists, while Haley Bianco had 11 digs and Cerbi Ritchy provided six kills.