Nov. 20, 2009

Courtesy of Central Missouri Sports Information Department

The top-seeded Jennies advanced to the championship match of the regional with a hard fought 3-0 victory over Pittsburg State on Friday evening.

Abby Gruenbacher led the Jennies with 13 kills while Allie Huffman added 12 more in the winning effort. Caitlin Pankratz finished with 43 assists and Rachel Fister recorded 20 digs for UCM.

The Jennies, ranked fourth in the latest AVCA D-II Coaches Poll, improve to 34-4 heading into Saturday's regional championship against fifth-ranked West Texas A&M at 3:30 p.m.

The Jennies will be making their first appearance in a regional championship since 2006, and will be after their first regional title since 1996, and their seventh NCAA-II regional championship overall.