Nebraska-Kearney 3, Cal State Los Angeles
Nebraska-Kearney 3, Cal State Los Angeles 0Dec. 2, 2005
Kearney, Neb. -- Senior middle hitter Erin Gudmundson and junior outside hitter Kelli Bunger combined for 34 kills to lead the No. 1 ranked Nebraska-Kearney volleyball team to a sweep of 5th-ranked Cal Sate L.A. (-23, -24, -18) in a national semifinal match Friday night at the Health & Sports Center.
A crowd of 4,331 watched the match. UNK drew an NCAA Division II record 4,412 fans last night.
UNK (38-1) will play 16th-ranked Grand Valley State of Michigan (30-6) for the national title tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. This is the first time the Lopers and the Lakers have made it this far in the national tournament.
In tonight's first match, GVSU beat 3rd-ranked Tampa, 3-2 (19-30, -19, -26, 28-30, -10).
After recording a career-high 27 kills last night in a 3-1 win over Truman State, Gudmundson had 19 and hit a stellar .485 tonight.
In five NCAA Tournament matches, Gudmundson is averaging 5.50 kills per game and hitting .385.
The Kearney native wasn't a slouch on defense either, providing a match-high eight blocks, including four solo.
Bunger provided the pop from the outside, going for 15 kills and hitting .400. Her career-best in kills (19) came earlier this year vs. Colorado Mines.
She also had four blocks at the net.
UNK out hit the Golden Eagles (28-3) .263 to .069 thanks to 14 team blocks. This is the first time CSULA was swept this season.
"We're very pleased to have a chance to play in the championship match tomorrow. What a performance. We're extremely proud of them," said UNK head coach Rick Sqiuers. "I kept seeing plays made out on the court, by both teams, that were simply amazing."
In game one, Gudmudson provided three early kills as the Lopers quickly got out to an 8-2 lead. The Eagles hung around and then made a move, getting a kill from Tanya White (13 kills) to close the gap to one, 21-20.
A Gudmundson kill pushed the lead to two and then a kill by Bunger and a CSULA error gave UNK a 24-20 lead.
UNK ended the set with three straight points, the last two being errors by the Eagles.
CSULA bounced back, leading game two early on. A Bunger kill broke a 19 all tie and started a 8-4 run that gave UNK a four point cushion.
In this run, Gudmundson had two kills and two blocks.
UNK then blitzed the Eagles in the third set, hitting .359 (16-2-39) as a team. Gudmundson recorded seven kills in the frame and UNK had four team blocks at the net.
"It feels great to be in the national championship match. This is something you dream about," said Gudmundson.
Also for CSULA, libero Ashley Hardwick had 21 digs and setter Tiare Tuitama had 37 assists and 15 digs.
For the Lopers, libero Jill Gergen had a team-best 12 digs and senior middle Erin Brosz had five blocks and five kills.
-- Courtesy Nebraska-Kearney