No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul 3, Colorado Mines 0

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Concordia-St. Paul opened up their 2013 season with a 3-0 sweep against Colorado Mines in the third game of the Holiday Inn Classic.  Concordia won by scores of 25-12, 25-18 and 27-25.

In the second set, the Golden Bears jumped out to a 19-11 lead before the Orediggers scored five of the next six points and cut it to 20-16.  Concordia answered back and closed out the set 25-18.

Mines took control in the third set and held a 20-12 lead before CU battled to cut the lead to 24-19.  Concordia rallied to score five consecutive points on match point.  The Orediggers scored the next point to bring it back to match point, but Concordia responded with the next three points to take the set 27-25.

No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul 3, Hillsdale 0

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Concordia-St. Paul picked up its second win of the day with another 3-0 sweep against Hillsdale. The Golden Bears won by scores of 25-16, 25-12, 25-16.  Concordia improved to 2-0 while Hillsdale fell to 0-2. 

This was the second consecutive year facing Hillsdale in the tournament, with last year's match also finishing in a sweep.

The Golden Bears had five players with at least nine kills, led by 11 from freshman Riley Hanson. Hanson finished the day with 23 kills on 36 attempts with only one error for a .611 attack percentage in the two matches. 

No. 2 Tampa 3, No. 6 Northwood 0

LAKELAND, Fla. -- No. 2 Tampa won 2-0 in a pair of consecutive set sweeps to begin their 2013 campaign.

Newcomers Berkeley Whaley and Allee Stelogeannis had an instant impact for the Spartans as Whaley ended the day with 19 kills to lead the squad while Stelogeannis notched 11.

Tampa handed  Northwood its first loss of the season in a sweep (27-25, 25-22, 25-12).  Outside hitting tandem Whaley and Holly Reschke paced the offense alongside right side hitter Neff.

No. 2 Tampa 3, Belmont Abbey 0

LAKELAND, Fla. -- No. 2 Tampa swept Belmont Abbey by set scores of 25-17, 25-17, 25-16 to push the Crusaders even at 1-1 to start their season.  Senior Kim Amerell swung 9-for-16 to lead the Spartans followed closely by Whaley and Neff, who each amassed eight kills.

Libero Jen Scholz grounded a trio of service aces in the second set to go along with five digs.

No. 3 Nebraska-Kearney 3, William Jewell College 0

KEARNEY, Neb. -- No. 3 Nebraska-Kearney gave up just 23 points to the Eagles (-9, -6, -8). Replacing All-American Jenna Rouzee, Erin Seele handed out 56 assists today and directed an offense that hit .407 against WJC.

Kinslie TeKolste had eight kills and seven digs in each match, hitting a superb .388 along the way. She also recorded five blocks at the net. Helping out in the passing game, Wolfe had 16 digs and also had several long service runs.

No. 3 Nebraska-Kearney 3, Chadron State 0

KEARNEY, Neb. -- No. 3 Nebraska-Kearney pounded the Cardinals (-13, -11, -14) in the early afternoon.

Beating Chadron for a 57th straight time dating back to 1983, this is believed to be the first time in the rally scoring era UNK has held its opponent under 10 points in each set.

The Lopers did all this minus starters Katie Sokolowski and MJ Massent, who were both out with minor injuries.  In their place, true freshmen Bailey Sokolowski, Kinslie TeKolste and Annie Wolfe starred, as did sophomore setter Erin Seele.

No. 4 Minnesota Duluth 3, No. 18 Wheeling Jesuit 2

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth beat No. 18 Wheeling Jesuit in five sets at the West Florida Opening Tournament on Friday.

In a back-and-forth first set, the Bulldogs pulled ahead to a 10-3 lead on senior outside hitter's Kate Lange's serve before the Lady Cardinals pulled within four at 15-11 before UMD pulled away for a 25-16 victory.

The second set was again tightly contested, nearly knotted up at 10-9 UMD before sophomore defensive specialist Sheenagh Caroline took the serve, earning one ace as the Bulldogs ran away to a 19-9 lead. From there, the Bulldogs held on for a 25-17 set win.

In the finale, UMD built a lead of 8-3 and then 10-6, but Wheeling Jesuit worked back within three before the Bulldogs pulled away and secured the match victory with a 15-8 final-set.

No. 5 BYU-Hawaii 3, Lewis 0

LAIE, Hawaii -- No. 5 BYU-Hawaii grounded Lewis 3-0 (27-25, 25-12, 25-20) on Thursday night.

After a close first set, the Seasiders (3-0) controlled sets two and three to cruise to victory against the Flyers (0-1).

The first set was neck-and-neck as Lewis kept the Seasiders on the ropes, holding a 17-15 edge midway through the contest. BYU-Hawaii went on a 4-0 run to regain the lead. The Flyers tied it up and both teams went point for point down the stretch. A kill by Stella Chen and a block by Chen and Erh Fang Hsu gave the Seasiders a 25-24 edge to get an opportunity to lock up the first set.

The Seasiders opened up the first set with something to prove, running out to an early 16-8 lead. BYU-Hawaii pushed their lead up to double digits and cruised to a 25-12 victory to take a 2-0 lead.

In the third set, the Seasiders took control with an early 13-10 advantage. After running out to a 21-13 lead, BYU-Hawaii held off a late advance from Lewis, completing the 3-0 sweep with a 25-20 win in the third set.

No. 6 Southwest Minnesota 3, No. 16 Truman 0

ALLENDALE, Mich. -- Southwest Minnesota opened the 2013 season with a sweep of No. 16 Truman on Friday morning. SMSU won in consecutive sets with set scores of 25-23, 27-25 and 25-20.

The matchup was a rematch of the 2012 NCAA tournament first round match in which SMSU swept in consecutive sets 25-20, 25-13, 25-20. SMSU now owns a perfect 3-0 record all-time against Truman.

The win is SMSU's first defeat of a ranked opponent of the 2013 season. The 2012 season saw SMSU defeat 10 ranked teams, including a stretch of four consecutive victories against ranked opponents from Nov. 16 to Nov. 29.

No. 6 Southwest Minnesota 3, Eckerd 0

ALLENDALE, MIch. -- No. 2 Southwest Minnesota claimed a 3-1 victory against Eckerd, a team that received votes in the America's Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Preseason Top 25 Poll. SMSU would drop the first set by a score of 23-25 but would rebound to take the match by winning the next three sets by scores of 25-18, 25-21, and 25-18.

No. 7 Washburn 3, Cedarville 0

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. -- The Ichabods won their 16th consecutive season opener for the 13th consecutive year as they opened the season at the Ferris State Bulldog Invitational. Washburn beat Cedarville 25-17, 25-14, 25-18.

The opening set against Cedarville remained close until Washburn went on a 5-0 run to take a 20-12 lead. Korie Thompson had an ace on the second point of the streak and then Washburn scored on three consecutive Yellow Jacket attack errors. 

The Ichabods trailed 11-10 in the second set after a five-point Cedarville run then scored 15 of the final 18 points to get the win. Cox had four of Washburn's final six points off kills.

No. 7 Washburn 3, Ashland 1

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. -- No. 7 Washburn defeated Ashland 25-18, 25-11, 22-25, 25-18. Marissa Cox had 15 kills against Ashland with no errors in 22 attempts to hit .682, the fourth-highest attack percentage in school history. 

True freshmen Leanna Willer and Sarah Vicory joined Cox with double-digit kills. Willer led Washburn with 15, Vicory had 10 and Cox had 11. Vicory blocked seven Ashland attempts.

No. 8 Central Missouri 3, Western New Mexico 0

SAN ANTONIO -- Central Missouri opened up the regular season with a 3-0 victory against Western New Mexico, 25-22 25-15 25-21. The first set of the match was a close battle between the Jennies and Western New Mexico, neither team taking a significant lead before the other responded. Western New Mexico evened the score at 7-7, when Central Missuori pulled ahead with six consecutive points. In the final points of the set Western New Mexico again pulled within two points of Central Missouri, but Taylor Gooddnes sealed their fate with a final kill, her ninth of the set.

In the second set, Central Missouri took a quick lead, winning five consecutive points to start, three of which were kills by Gooddness. Western New Mexico won a point, before Central Missouri again dominated, scoring three more points to make the score 8-1. From that point Western New Mexico started to catch up to the Jennies, coming within three points of tieing the set at 14-11. Central won seven consecutive points to make the score 20-11, before giving Western New Mexico the opportunity to catch up. Neither team had a significant point streak, but with a nine point lead the Jennies didn't need it. The final two points of the set when to Central Missouri, ending the second set with a final score of 25-15.

The final set of the match started with Western New Mexico taking a 3-0 lead versus the Jennies. Central Missouri finally caught up at 7-7, but the battle was still back and forth after that. Little by little Central Missouri inched ahead of Western New Mexico, earning four points to give them the lead at 12-10, and the Jennies never looked back. Western New Mexico came close to catching up with Central Missouri at 24-21, before Carly Sojka registered a kill to end the match. 

No. 8 Central Missouri 3, Minnesota-Crookston 0

SAN ANTONIO -- Central Missouri continued the momentum into their second match, where they again defeated their opponent, Minnesota-Crookston, 3-0. The first set was close, with Minnesota-Crookston leading 6-7 until Becca Blaise earned Central a point with a kill. The Jennies went on to win the next seven points in a row. Minnesota-Crookston was able to collect a few points throught the rest of the set, but the final five point drive by Central Missouri sent them ahead to win the first set 25-13.

The second set was no different than the first match; the final score was even the same, 25-13. Minnesota-Crookston and Central Missouri were tied 6-6, when Maddie Jones earned the Jennies the first of five consecutive points, to put the Jennies up 11-6. Minnesota-Crookston made a small comeback, earning four of the five points, before the Jennies added another six consecutive points, making the score 18-10. Minnesota-Crookston was able to add only three more points to their score. Central Missouri finished off the set winning the final two points on back-to-back kills by Blaise.

Central Missouri took an early lead in the third set at 10-5, with Sojka, Blaise, and Gooddness contributing two kills a peice. Minnesota-Crookston was successful in stopping the Jennies a few times, but Central Missouri was quick to earn the next point, until the score reached 22-11. It looked like Minnesota-Crookston was making a come back, earning eight of the next 10 points of the game, but the match ended when Gooddness and Haley Thompson blocked a kill attempt.

No. 20 Wayne State (Neb.) 3, No. 9 Indianapolis 0

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Wayne State (Neb.) controlled much of the early match on its way to a victory against the Greyhounds 3-0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-23) on Friday.

The No. 20 Wildcats led off the match with stellar attacking, hitting .607 in the first set. Indianapolis fell behind 9-1 early, and was unable to climb back while hitting .267. Game two held more promise for the Greyhounds, building their largest lead of the day, 16-10.

The third saw seven ties and five lead changes before Wayne State finished the 25-23 victory on Cori Hobbs' ninth kill of the match. UIndy held leads at 8-5, 11-8 and 21-19, but the Wildcats quickly closed the gaps in response.

The Wildcats had a higher hitting percentage in all three sets, and topped the Greyhounds in kills (42 to 34), digs (55 to 43) and assists (39 to 33).

No. 21 Wingate 3, No. 9 Indianapolis 2

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The second match of the day proved to be an even contest until Wingate finished a strong fifth set.

After the first game got off to a 7-7 tie, Wingate went on a 14-6 run to build a lead and open up the set, 21-15. Indianapolis scored twice, 21-17, but the Bulldogs finished off the first set with the final four points, taking a 1-0 match lead on a 25-17 set win.

Indianapolis responded early in set two, taking a 5-1 lead out of the gate. The Bulldogs kept the set even, until four consecutive Greyhound points gave Indianapolis its largest lead of the match, 16-8. Wingate worked back into the set, bringing it as close as 23-20, but Indianapolis never surrendered the lead en route to a 25-21 second set win.

The decisive fifth set featured seven ties, but Wingate charged late with six consecutive points to close the set and match, 15-12.