Dec. 2, 2010

Courtesy of Dan Pickle

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Concordia-St. Paul defeated Cal State San Bernardino, 3-0, in a quarterfinal match of the NCAA Division II Womens Volleyball Championship on Thursday afternoon.

With the win, the Golden Bears remain in the fight for their fourth consecutive national championship.

I thought both teams came out a little nervous,” said Concordia-St. Paul coach Brady Starkey. We gained enough composure to get the match won.”

A grueling first set ended 30-28 in favor of Concordia-St. Paul. The Golden Bears had an easier time in the next two sets, outscoring the Coyotes 25-17 and 25-20.

San Bernardino slammed four more kills and came up with three more digs than Concordia-St. Paul throughout the three sets, but it was not enough.

Sophomore Cassie Haag was the only Concordia-St. Paul hitter with double-digit kills (10), while junior Megan Carlson and senior Emily Palkert recorded nine apiece. On defense, senior Krista Erickson and junior Taylor Fieldsted each had nine digs.

For San Bernardino, seniors Jane Chafeh and Nicole Moore posted 12 and 10 kills. Junior Morgan Carty had nine digs for the Coyotes.

Concordia-St. Paul will face either Clarion or Dowling at 3 p.m. ET Friday in the semifinals.