Lange hits 2000th kill as UMD punches ticket to NSIC title game
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Senior outside hitter Kate Lange reached another milestone as Minnesota-Duluth swept Wayne State (Neb.) in consecutive sets Saturday in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament semifinals.
Lange had 18 kills in the match, surpassing 2,000 for her career and helping the No. 2 Bulldogs (30-2) advance to the NSIC championship game Sunday. Wayne State (22-10) gave UMD one of its toughest fights in the regular season, but the Bulldogs looked dominant early in the postseason rematch. UMD did not trail in taking the first two sets by matching 25-18 finals, but had to battle back in the third, down by as many as four points before tying the match at 19-all. The Bulldogs scored four of five points and then stopped a two-point rally by Wayne State to clinch the final game 25-23.
No. 1 Tampa 3, Lynn 0
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- For the second consecutive season, Tampa ended its regular season with a perfect 16-0 Sunshine State Conference record after its 3-0 defeat of Lynn.
The Spartans end the regular season with 29-1 record and their pristine 16-0 conference tally while the host Fighting Knights end their season 18-16 with a 5-11 SSC mark. The win continues the UT SSC record with 36 consecutive conference victories dating back to Oct. 29, 2011. Tampa will ride a 22-game win streak into its postseason efforts.
Senior Holly Reschke posted a double-double in her return to action, grounding 13 kills and picking up 14 digs. Sophomore Jessica Wagner finished with an errorless 9-for-18 effort at an even .500 attack percentage.
Setter Kahley Patrick tuned the team to a .333 attack percentage while contributing four kills to her credit. The junior amassed 35 assists, eight digs, two blocks and a service ace in her all-around effort.
No. 3 Concordia-St. Paul 3, Northern State (S.D.) 0
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Concordia-St. Paul (29-2) knocked Northern State (S.D.) out of the NSIC tournament in the semifinals for the second consecutive season. The Golden Bears advance to the championship to take on Minnesota-Duluth (30-2). CU improved to 2-0 against NSU on the season. The winner of the match tomorrow receives an automatic bid in the NCAA central region tournament.
Concordia hit .443 for the match with 49 kills on just 88 attacks. Kayla Koenecke and Erienne Lauersdorf each contributed 11 kills to lead the balanced Golden Bear attack. Koenecke also led the team with 15 kills to complete the double-double, her 19th of the season, while hitting an efficient .529. Emily McDonough also finished in double digits with 10 kills to go along with seven digs. Amanda Konetchy facilitated the offense with 40 assists as she also chipped in six digs.
No. 6 West Texas A&M 3, Angelo State 2
CANYON, Texas -- West Texas A&M fended off elimination once again on Saturday afternoon as it came back from down two sets to one to claim the program's 15th overall and eighth consecutive Lone Star Conference tournament title in a five game thriller over the Belles of Angelo State (16-25, 25-21, 15-25, 25-21, 16-14) in front of 950 fans at the WTAMU Fieldhouse. The Lady Buffs move to 31-3 overall while the Belles fall to 23-9 on the season.
The victory moves the Lady Buffs to 51-14 all-time against Angelo State with WT taking the past five meetings between the two teams, it also marks the 25th consecutive win this season and the 27th consecutive win at home dating back to a five-set loss to Tarleton State in Sept. of 2012.
The Lady Buffs were led offensively by Laura Iwuchukwu and Halie Harton with 14 kills each while Lauren Bevan tallied 11 and Lee Golden had eight. Kameryn Hayes led the team with 43 assists on the afternoon while Harton tallied 23 digs for the double-double followed by Lauren Britten with 19 and Keia Strother with 13. Harton was named the tournament's MVP while Hayes and Iwuchukwu were both named to the all-tournament team.