Nov. 20, 2008

Courtesy Concordia Athletics

ST. PAUL, Minn. - It was a back and forth battle between the four and five seeds, but it was the fourth seed, #9 Nebraska-Kearney (32-3) who came out on top in the fifth set with a 25-27, 25-17, 17-25, 25-23, 15-11 in the NCAA Division II Central Region Quarterfinal round played at Gangelhoff Center on the campus of Concordia University, St. Paul on Thursday afternoon.

The first set of the match set the tone for the night with the exception of the final outcome as the Vikings took a tough set, 27-25. But UNK answered with a resounding 25-17 second set win with Augie providing the same score in a third set decision. The decisive third set gave Augustana the upper hand in the match, and the momentum as the match extended to extra sets.

But in the fourth set, just as in the second set, the Lopers had the answer, this time a much tighter outcome in a 25-23 win to put the game into its final frame.

In the fifth set, the Lopers stayed hot and would capitalize on a Viking team that played tight in the matches final moments, including a rare ace of Augie as the match came winding to a close.

Nebraska-Kearney featured a spread out offensive attack led by setter Cola Svec, who distributed kills to four of her teammates into the double-digit range with a total of 62 assists. On the other side of the net, Augustana rode a pair of hot hitters through the match, with career-highs by Cayla Schroeder and Ellen Andrews who provided 24 and 23 kills, respectively. The Lopers had one hitter reach the 20 mark, Nikki Scott, who had exactly that number while two of her teammates, Shelby Workman and Chelsie Carson, each struck 15 to the floor.

Augustana's offense was directed by Lisa Hoegh who had 60 assists and her 11 digs gave her a double-double. Svec also had a double-double for UNK as she piled up 15 digs.

Defensively, Schroeder was all over the floor as she added 25 digs to her 24 kills, leading all players in both statistics. In the post game press conference, Schroeder talked about finishing with a great performance (watch below!). UNK's Kelli Wemhoff led the Lopers with 21 digs.