Top 10 Roundup
No. 6 SMSU downs Minnesota-Crookston
No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul 3, Mary 0
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Concordia-St. Paul (22-1, 14-0 NSIC) cruised past Mary (4-17, 1-13 NSIC) in consecutive sets on Saturday afternoon. The Golden Bears extended their winning streak to 20 overall, two shy of their streak to start the 2011 season, and 28 in NSIC regular season play. CU also improves to 12-0 all-time against U-Mary.
Kayla Koenecke did it all for the Golden Bears with 16 kills, six assists and four digs with a .619 hitting percentage. Emily McDonough went into double digits in kills for the fifth consecutive match with 12 on only 16 attempts to hit .688. She also picked up eight digs. Amanda Konetchy, the NCAA leader in assists per set, added 40 assists on the Golden Bears 48 kills.
No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth 3, Augustana (S.D.) 0
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Minnesota-Duluth made quick work of Augustana (S.D.) on Saturday afternoon, defeating its Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference rival in consecutive sets.
The Bulldogs (22-2, 12-2 NSIC) faced a tough challenge for the second consecutive night as the two teams traded points the first set before scoring seven of the final nine points to win 25-19. Augustana (17-5, 9-5 NSIC) scared UMD with a late comeback in the second, but the Bulldogs escaped with a 27-25 win. The teams traded three-point runs in the third set, but the Bulldogs had more in the tank as they made it a clean sweep with another 25-19 win.
Senior outside hitter Kate Lange dropped in a pair of solo blocks to bring her to 96 for her career. UMD's all-time kills leader smacked 18 on the match while also hauling in eight digs. Junior right-side hitter Maddy Siroin hit .480 while collecting 13 kills of her own. Junior outside hitter Katie Ledwell also added a double-double with 11 kills and 17 digs. UMD attacked at a .341 percent clip.
No. 5 BYU-Hawaii 3, Dixie State 0
LAIE, Hawaii-- Fifth-ranked BYU-Hawaii dominated the Dixie State on Saturday in three sets (25-19, 25-17, 25-20).
The Seasiders (18-1, 13-1) hit a .331 clip and Shih Ting (Stella) Chen had 19 kills with a .364 hitting percentage on her own. Erica Willes had 11 kills on an efficient .611 hitting night, Erh Fang (Ariel) Hsu added six kills and Lacy Miyahira chipped in five kills.
With the win, BYU-Hawaii has won 11 consecutive matches and improves to 12-0 at home.
No. 6 Southwest Minnesota State 3, Minnesota-Crookston 0
MARSHALL, Minn. -- Southwest Minnesota State snapped its two-match losing skid on Friday night by sweeping Bemidji State. The Mustangs took the match by earning set victories of 25-21, 25-17, 25-14.
The Mustangs hit into just two blocks in the entire match and finished with a solid .299 hitting percentage (33-10-77). Abbey Thissen paced the attack as she finished with 14 kills and a .480 hitting percentage (14-1-25), while Claire Sames followed with 10 kills of her own (10-1-16, .562%).
Emilee Gutzmer returned to the lineup after missing Tuesday's match versus Sioux Falls to finish with 43 assists and four kills. Rachel Westby returned to her natural libero position to rack up 13 digs and lead the SMSU defensive effort.
No. 8 Western Washington 3, Montana State-Billings 0
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Kayla Erickson had match highs of 13 kills and six blocks and Kelsey Moore added 11 kills as nationally ranked Western Washington returned to its winning ways by sweeping Montana State-Billings 25-10, 25-19, 25-18 in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball match on Saturday at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
The Vikings, ranked No.8 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, snapped a two-match losing streak while improving to 15-3 overall and 8-2 in GNAC play.
WWU, which outhit the Yellowjackets .315 to .119, has never lost to MSUB in 16 series meetings.
No. 9 Nebraska-Kearney 3, Missouri Southern State 0
KEARNEY, Neb. -- Ninth-ranked Nebraska-Kearney hit a season-high .410 to sweep Missouri Southern State (-18, -5, -14) on Saturday afternoon at the Health & Sports Center.
The Lopers (21-3, 7-2) went 3-0 at home this week while the Lions (4-19, 0-10) lose an MIAA match for the 35th consecutive time.
Individually, MJ Massanet had another double double (12 digs and 11 kills) with five others having between four and six kills. That large group included true freshman Kenslie TeKolste and Katie Weber.
Finally for the Lopers, junior Molly O'Brien and freshman Annie Wolfe each served up two aces.
Nai Montano came off the bench to lead the Lions, recording five kills in six swings (.667).