No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul 3, Sioux Falls (S.D.) 0
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Top-ranked Concordia-St. Paul (18-1, 10-0 NSIC) extended its winning streak to 15 matches with a 3-0 sweep against Sioux Falls (11-8, 3-7 NSIC) on Friday night at Gangelhoff Center.
Senior right side Kayla Koenecke and sophomore outside hitter Emily McDonough each tallied 13 kills while hitting at a high rate. Koenecke hit .391 (13-4-23) while McDonough was nearly identical with one less error in the same number of swings for a .435 night.
Koenecke also registered her 11th double-double on the year by producing 12 digs while also adding four assists and a pair of blocks for a match-high 14.0 point evening. McDonough also joined the double-double club tonight, her seventh of the year with 10 digs.
No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth 3, Minnesota State-Moorhead 0
DULUTH, Minn. -- Minnesota-Duluth earned a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference victory against Minnesota State-Moorhead, defeating the Dragons 3-0 on Friday evening.
The Bulldogs (19-1, 9-1 NSIC) won three sets by nearly identical scores, 25-17, 25-17, and 25-18. The first set saw UMD pull away early to a 12-3 and hold on as the Dragons (11-7, 4-6 NSIC) battled back. The final two sets saw MSU-M give the Bulldogs one of their toughest home challenges of the season. Still, UMD is now seven-for-seven in earning three-set sweeps at home, outscoring opponents 525-332 on their home court.
Senior outside hitter Kate Lange had another strong night offensively for the Bulldogs, hitting .545 with 20 kills. She is now just 61 away from claiming the distinction of most in a UMD career. Sophomore middle blocker Monica Turner barely missed double digits with nine kills while also added a pair of block assists. The Bulldogs hit .306 as a team while holding Moorhead to an .070 kill percentage.
No. 3 Tampa 3, Christian Brothers 0
No. 3 Tampa 3, West Florida 1
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Tampa (16-1) concluded the first day of the South Regional Crossover with victories against Christian Brothers (8-12) and host No. 19 West Florida (15-6) by scores of 3-0 and 3-1, respectively.
Tampa defeated Christian Brothers in a sweep (25-13, 25-15, 25-14). Outside hitting tandem Berkley Whaley and Holly Reschke paced the offense alongside right side hitter Marissa Lisenbee.
Whaley ended the contest with a team-leading 12 kills while Lisenbee grounded ten. Junior Meagan Burke swung at a sizzling .800 clip. Setting duo Kahley Patrick and Gina Clarke paced the offensive tempo with 19 and eight assists respectively.
The Spartans took the second match by a 3-1 tally against the No. 19 team in the nation and hosts of the tournament, West Florida University. Tampa took the match by scores of 21-25, 25-14, 25-10, 25-15 as the team begins the tournament 2-0.
Holly Reschke had 13 kills in the match with Burke and Lisenbee contributing ten kills each. Patrick provided the tempo with 40 assists to manage the Spartan’s hitting corps.
No. 5 BYU-Hawaii 3, No. 25 Point Loma Nazarene 1
LAIE, Hawaii. -- BYU-Hawaii took down No. 25 Point Loma on Friday night 3-1 (25-23, 18-25, 25-21, 25-19), knocking off the first-place team in the Pacific West Conference.
Shih Ting Chen led with 17 kills and 14 digs while Erica Willes had an efficient .478 hitting percentage and 13 kills. Lacy Miyahira had 11 kills and Ying Chun Chen added 41 assists and 11 digs.
The first set had a rough start as the Sea Lions took a lead of 5-0 against the Seasiders. With some well-placed kills by Stella Chen and Willes the Seasiders were able to catch up to Point Loma near the end of the set and tie the score 21-21. BYU-Hawaii downed Point Loma 25-23 to take an early match lead.
The second set started off close but BYU-Hawaii fell behind down the stretch despite some great blocks by Miyahira and Noel Pauga. Point Loma won the set 25-18 to even that match at one win apiece.
The Seasiders had the lead for the whole third set, with kills by Willes, Miyahira, and Stella Chen to pace the home team. Point Loma brought the score within one point at 17-16 but BYU-Hawaii took the third set 25-21.
BYU-Hawaii started strong in the fourth set, riding the momentum from set three to start out 10-3. The Seasiders controlled throughout the set, cruising to a 25-19 fourth-set win and 3-1 victory in the match.
No. 6 Southwest Minnesota State 3, Minnesota State 0
MARSHALL, Minn. -- No. 6 Southwest Minnesota State swept its school record seventh consecutive opponent and extended its consecutive-set winning streak to 22 with its 3-0 match victory against Minnesota State on Friday night in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action.
SMSU (15-3, 10-0 NSIC) hasn't lost a set since Sept. 24 versus Sioux Falls.
SMSU was led by Anderson's 11 kills on 22 attacks (.364). Claire Sames followed with nine kills and Whitney Burmeister chipped in eight kills and 11 digs. Sarah Parker finished with a career-high .545 hitting percentage (7-1-11). Emilee Gutzmer put up 40 assists and setup SMSU to a .234 hitting percentage.
No. 9 West Texas A&M 3, Midwestern State 1
CANYON, Texas -- West Texas A&M struggled offensively but pulled off their 12th consecutive victory behind a 20 kill performance by Halie Harton in front of more than 600 fans. WT topped the rival Mustangs of Midwestern State (17-25, 25-15, 25-15, 25-11) in a Highway 287 Challenge matchup. The Lady Buffs move to 18-3 (8-0 LSC) while the Mustangs fall to 10-8 (2-7 LSC) on the season.
The Lady Buffs remain perfect against Midwestern State, leading the all-time series against the Mustangs 30-0. The win also registers the 19th consecutive win at the WTAMU Fieldhouse for the Lady Buffs dating back to last season.
The Lady Buffs were led offensively by Halie Harton with a season high 20 kills to go along with 15 digs for the double-double, also registering double digit kills for the Lady Buffs was Laura Iwuchukwi with 11. Kameryn Hayes dished out a match high 47 assists to go along with 10 digs for the double-double while Lauren Britten and Keia Strother tallied 12 digs each.
No. 10 UC San Diego 3, Cal Sate Dominguez Hills 1
CARSON, Calif. -- UC San Diego won its seventh consecutive match Friday night, defeating conference opponent Cal State Dominguez Hills in four sets at the Torodome in Los Angeles County.
Scores were 25-15, 25-21, 21-25 and 26-24 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) match.
UCSD junior transfer Caitlin Brenton had a strong, balanced night, finishing with 14 kills, six digs, seven blocks and a match-high 18.5 points. The opposite hitter's kill and point totals were both season-bests. Brenton also posted a .407 hitting percentage, committing just three errors in 27 attacks.
Outside hitter Danielle Dahle totaled 16.5 points with a match-high 15 kills, an ace, a block and five digs. Outside Sophie Rowe and setter Heidi Sierks each recorded double-doubles. Rowe had 10 kills and 11 digs while Sierks put 52 assists and 12 digs on the stat sheet. She hit .500 with four kills and one error in six attacks.
Brittany Lombardi had a match-high 20 digs for the Tritons.