No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth 3, Minnesota State-Mankato
MANKATO, Minn. -- Minnesota-Duluth bounced back after its first defeat of 2013 with a sweep of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference rival Minnesota State-Mankato on Saturday afternoon.
The Bulldogs (13-1, 3-0 NSIC) won two of three sets by double figures, downing the Mavericks (7-5, 3-2 NSIC) by game scores of 25-15, 25-14, and 25-18. Four players had at least five kills as UMD made quick work of Mankato, led by senior outside hitter Kate Lange with 13.
Sophomore middle blocker Monica Turner finished second among Bulldogs with seven kills, adding a pair of solo blocks in the match. A pair of Mavericks had eight kills to lead MSU.
Junior libero Julie Rainey had 18 of UMD's 38 digs in the match, while sophomore setter Ashley HInsch notched 34 assists. Outside of Minnesota State's setter Ellie Van Steeg's 31 assists, no Mavericks hit double digits in any statistic as UMD held them to a .105 hitting percentage.
No. 2 Concordia-St. Paul 3, St. Cloud State 0
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Concordia Golden Bears (13-1, 5-0) extended their winning streak to 11 with a consecutive set win over St. Cloud State (8-5, 2-3 NSIC) on Saturday afternoon. Concordia also has won 19 consecutive against St. Cloud State and 19 consecutive in NSIC regular season play.
Concordia came out the the first set and took care of business, using two 6-0 runs to take the first set 25-14. The Golden Bears hit .385 as a team in the first and had no player with more than three kills through one.
In the second set CU appeared to be cruising to another set win, holding a 15-6 lead, before the Huskies fought to cut that lead to one at 23-22 to force a Concordia timeout. The two teams split the next two points to set up an Erienne Lauersdorf kill to give the Golden Bears a tight 25-23 set win.
The Golden Bears turned it on to close out the match with a 25-12 win in the third. Concordia jumped out to an early 9-3 lead and didn't let the Huskies back within four for the rest of the set. Concordia hit an impressive .441 compared to the Huskies .029 in the final set.
No. 3 Tampa 3, Barry 0
TAMPA, Fla -- Tampa defeated Barry off a three-set sweep in the Martinez Athletic Center.
The Spartans improve to 9-1, 2-0 in the Sunshine State Conference while Buccaneers falls to 4-5, 0-2 in the SSC.
Sophomore Berkley Whaley led the team with double-digit kills of 15 while junior Meagan Burke registered a perfect 6-for-6 in kills and three blocks. Sophomore Marissa Lisenbee joins her teammates recording seven kills with three blocks as the team swung .500 in the consecutive-set win.
Barry’s Ashley Carrero had a team-high of eight kills. Middle blocker Laine Cielena followed closely behind her teammate notching seven kills with an additional block.
No. 7 Angelo State 3, Texas A&M-Kingsville 0
KINGSVILLE, Texas -- Maddie Huth had 14 kills and four blocks to lead No. 7-ranked Angelo State to a Lone Star Conference sweep against Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday at Hampton Inn Court.
The Belles (10-2, 3-0 LSC) had a .337 team hitting percentage and limited the Javelinas (7-8, 1-3 LSC) to a .030 hitting percentage.
"We had a great block going and were digging a lot of balls to frustrate them," Huth said, who also had a .583 hitting percentage on 24 attacks and four kills in the opening set. "We controlled our side and pushed through for the win."
"She was getting in the air and had great timing today," Waddington said of Huth. "She wasn't hesitate at all as an attacker. She made an adjustments and played really well."
Maggi Jo Keffury added 33 assists and seven digs, while Leah McWilliams contributed nine kills and five digs. Zoey Hanrahan led the team with a .833 hitting percentage with five kills on six attack and sophomore Katie MacLeay led ASU with 14 digs.
No. 8 Wayne State (Neb.) 3, Mary 0
WAYNE, Neb. -- Sophomore right side hitter Liz Gebhardt hit a sizzling .909 with 10 kills on just 11 attacks and also recorded a team-high four blocks to lead the Wayne State in a 25-18, 25-23 and 25-13 Northern Sun Conference win against Mary. WSC is now 11-2 overall and 3-2 in the NSIC while Mary falls to 3-9 on the season and 0-5 in league play.
The first set was close early with the Wildcats trailing 10-8, but WSC scored four consecutive points and went in front 12-10 and never looked back in taking the opening set 25-18.
The Marauders got off to another strong start in the second set and led 13-8 forcing WSC to call time out. The Wildcats slowly chipped away at the Mary lead and took a 22-20 lead on a kill by Alyssa Frauendorfer and later sealed the set with a Liz Gebhardt kill to win 25-23.
The third set was all Wildcats as WSC had 16 kills and just three attack errors while forcing Mary into six attack errors as the Wildcats completed the sweep with a 25-13 win.
No. 9 Southewst Minnesota State 3, MSU Moorhead 0
MARSHALL, Minn. -- Southwest Minnesota State extended its winning streak to six consecutive matches as the Mustangs defeated MSU Moorhead in consecutive sets. The Mustangs earned the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference victory with set scores of 25-21, 25-12, 25-23.
Three Mustangs led the way offensively as Claire Sames (13-1-28), Whitney Burmeister (10-6-41) and Abbey Thissen (10-2-22) all notched double-digit kill totals. As a unit, the Mustangs combined to hit .206 in the three-set victory.
No. 10 UC San Diego 3, Chico State 1
CHICO, Calif. -- Tenth-ranked UC San Diego earned a big California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) victory on Saturday night, downing Chico State in four sets on the road to complete a weekend sweep in conference play.
Scores from Acker Gymnasium went 20-25, 25-18, 25-21 and 26-24 in favor of UCSD, which won its second match in as many nights to improve to 11-2 overall and 3-2 in the CCAA. Chico State, which has now lost two in a row, fell to 6-6 and 3-2. The Tritons were coming off a sweep of Cal State Stanislaus Friday night.
UCSD hit .270 (60-20-148) while holding its opponent to .182 (55-26-159). The Tritons converted almost 50 percent of their set attempts into kills.
Middle blocker Sara McCutchan had a solid night for UCSD, hitting .478 with a team-high 14 kills while adding two aces, three digs and a pair of blocks. Outside hitter Danielle Dahle finished with 13 kills and nine digs, middle Kameron Cooper had nine kills and five blocks and libero Brittany Lombardi amassed 25 digs, a match-best.
For Chico State, Lindsay Quigley led all players with 17 kills and 22.0 points. Ellie Larronde was just behind with 16 kills and Emily Duran had 17 digs.