No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth 3, St. Cloud State 0
DULUTH, Minn. -- Minnesota-Duluth earned head coach Jim Boos career victory number 310 on Tuesday night, tying him for most in a volleyball coaching career at UMD with his predecessor Pati Rolf. The Bulldogs defeated St. Cloud State in a three-set sweep at Romano Gym.
At 310-57, Boos has reached the mark in 113 fewer matches than Rolf, winning at an .844 clip for his career. Rolf went 310-169 while coaching for UMD from 1988 until 2001 when she was succeeded by Boos before the 2002 season.
UMD (12-0, 3-0 NSIC) looked dominant again, winning the first two sets 25-13 and 25-11. St. Cloud State battled tough in the third set, forcing three tie scores in the frame before UMD pulled away late to win 25-20. Senior outside hitter Kate Lange cracked the top five for career kills at UMD, surpassing Becky Hoffman's 1,641.
She now sits at 1,646 for her career with a 15-kill performance, adding nine digs as well. With a dominant seven-kill second set performance, freshman middle blocker Sydnie Mauch finished with 10 kills in the match as well as four block-assists.
Sophomore setter Ashley Hinsch collected 40 assists as well as eight digs of her own. Junior libero Julie Rainey led UMD defensively with 14 digs, with junior outside hitter Mariah Scharf adding three blocks.
No. 2 Concordia-St. Paul 3, Minnesota State 0
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Concordia Golden Bears (11-1, 3-0 NSIC) extended their winning streak to nine with a consecutive set win against the Minnesota State Mavericks (6-4, 2-1 NSIC) on Tuesday night. CU also extended their conference regular season winning streak to 17. Sophomore Heather Schiller set a career high with 15 kills.
Concordia stepped on the gas from the start of the first set, taking the lead at 3-2 and not falling behind the rest of the set. A 5-1 MSU run in the middle of the set cut the Golden Bear lead to 12-9 but wouldn't get any closer as CU went on to take the set 25-14. Schiller was fed the ball frequently in the first, finishing with seven kills on 12 attacks. No other Golden Bear had more than three kills in the set.
After giving up the first point in the second, Concordia used a 6-0 run to build a comfortable lead. A 6-1 Maverick run would get the score back to 11-9 but once again the comeback attempt fell short. Concordia cruised to a 25-17 set win. Concordia's offense was firing on all cylinders in the second set, hitting .500 as a team.
No. 5 Nebraska-Kearney 3, York 0
KEARNEY, Neb. -- Freshman middle Katie Weber had 12 kills and hit .600 to help the sixth-ranked Nebraska-Kearney volleyball team sweep York College (25-13, 25-14, 25-15) Tuesday night at the Health & Sports Center.
The Lopers improve to 12-1 while the NAIA Panthers slip to 2-13. This was believed to be the first meeting between UNK and York on the volleyball court.
Weber was one of 11 different Kearney players to register a kill in a match that lasted more than an hour. Having no errors in 20 swings, she also provided three blocks and one dig.
UNK hit .380 as a team and dug up 24 more balls, 58-34, than the Panthers. In the serve game, the Lopers had five aces, two coming from freshman Kadie Baumgardner.
Augustana (S.D.) 3, No. 7 Wayne State (Neb.) 0
WAYNE, Neb. -- Wayne State suffered their second consecutive loss on Tuesday evening as Augustana defeated the No. 8 Wildcats 3-0 with scores of the match going 21-25, 10-25 and 21-25. WSC is falls to 9-2 overall and 1-2 in league play while the Vikings improve to 9-2 and 1-2 in the NSIC.
Augustana outhit Wayne State .331-.115 in the contest as the Vikings had 49 kills and nine errors on 121 attacks while the Wildcats had 36 kills and 20 errors on 139 attacks. Augie also held the edge in assists 46-35, service aces 3-2, digs 73-57 and both teams had four blocks.
Senior outside hitter was the only player to get into double digit kills for Wayne State as she led the team with 11, Katie Hughes was second with seven kills and Katie Beiermann tallied six kills. Leisa McClintock racked up her fourth double-double of the season with 26 assists and 10 digs.
No. 10 Southwest Minnesota State 3, Sioux Falls 2
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Southwest Minnesota State survived a scare on Tuesday night holding on for a 3-2 road victory against Sioux Falls. SMSU won by scores of 23-25, 25-14, 25-22, 22-25, 15-13.
SMSU extends its season-high winning streak to four in a row and improves to 8-3 overall, 3-0 NSIC, while USF drops to 8-3 overall, 1-2 NSIC.
Whitney Burmeister led the Mustangs with a career-high 19 kills, hitting .362, and added 19 digs for her team-leading eighth double-double of the season. Claire Sames also had a career night for SMSU recording a career-high 19 kills, while hitting. 452. Rachel Westby added 19 digs to pace the SMSU defense, while McKell Anderson added 11 digs.
SMSU ended the match hitting .207 (65-29-174) with eight service aces and eight blocks. USF hit .223 (55-22-148) with five aces and 11 blocks.