No. 9 Wingate moves to 20-0 in conference play with sweep of Coker
WINGATE, N.C. -- Ninth-ranked Wingate hit .392 on Tuesday night en route to a 3-0 victory against visiting Coker in South Atlantic Conference action. The Bulldogs won by scores of 25-11, 25-15 and 25-13 to improve to 24-2 overall and 20-0 in the SAC. Wingate has now won 21 consecutive matches this season and 35 consecutive SAC contests. The Cobras fall to 3-25 overall and 0-20 in the conference.
Sophomore outside hitter Shelly Stumpff had eight kills, five aces, three digs and a block to lead the Wingate attack. Redshirt senior right-side hitter Anna Hilton added six kills, two digs and a block, while sophomore outside hitter Susie Murach had five kills and eight digs.
Taylor Willis had a match-high 10 kills to lead the Coker attack. Hannah Vadakin added five kills, while Cassandra Nagel registered four kills. Samantha Celek handed out 19 assists, and Mindy Morris had 10 digs.
No. 11 Washburn 3, No. 7 Nebraska-Kearney 2
KEARNEY, Neb. -- Marissa Cox had a team-high 18 kills to help Washburn rally past No. 7 Nebraska-Kearney in five sets (13-15, 24-26, 25-17, 25-19, 25-13) on Tuesday night.
With the loss, the Lopers (26-4, 12-3) will be the third seed in the MIAA tournament, which starts next week.
In last year's regular season finale, Kearney came back from a 2-0 hole to beat Washburn in five sets (22-25, 18-25, 25-13, 27-25, 25-17), ending a 51-match home court winning streak.
The 'Bods turned the tables on the Lopers tonight as they recorded 12.0 team blocks and limited UNK to 30 kills over the final three sets.
No. 8 Southwest Minnesota State 3, Augustana (S.D.) 1
MARSHALL, Minn. -- Behind Whitney Burmeister's match-high 18 kills, Southwest Minnesota State extended its winning streak against Augustana (S.D.) to 15 consecutive matches with a 3-1 non-conference victory against the Vikings on Tuesday. SMSU earned the victory with set scores of 15-25, 25-23, 28-26, and 25-20.
SMSU's winning streak against Augustana dates back to the 2005 season and is now 15-1 against Augustana under head coach Terry Culhane. SMSU improves to 21-6 overall, while Augie drops to 20-7.
SMSU finished the match hitting .172 (56-27-169), collected 54 assists, 85 digs, eight aces and eight total blocks. Augustana finished the match hitting .188 (51-20-165), collected 46 assists, 71 digs, six aces and 14 total blocks.
SMSU was led by Burmeister's match-high 18 kills, while Thissen and Sames added 13 and 11, respectively. Gutzmer finished with 50 assists and Westby had a fantastic defensive effort, racking up a career-high 32 digs.