Second-ranked Tampa maintains perfect conference record with win
MIAMI SHORES, Fla. -- Tampa stopped Barry 3-0 Saturday. The Spartans improve to 23-1 and a perfect 10-0 mark in Sunshine State Conference play while the Buccaneers dip to 8-13 and 1-9 in conference.
Middle blocker Meagan Burke torched the Bucs for a nine-kill salvo at a .467 hitting percentage. Fellow middle Jessica Wagner was a force at the net, blocking eight attacks and planting six kills.
Junior Jackie Neff and senior Holly Reschke amassed nine and seven kills respectively, while the latter picked up four blocks. Outside hitter Berkley Whaley rounded out the Spartan offense with seven kills and three service aces. She led the defense with 13 digs as libero Jen Scholz reached double-digits with 10 digs.
No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul 3, No. 23 Northern State (S.D.) 0
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Concordia-St. Paul (24-1, 16-0 NSIC) picked up a big three set win against No. 23 Northern State (19-4, 12-4 NSIC) in St. Paul on Saturday afternoon. Concordia has now won 22 matches in a row, matching their biggest winning streak since their perfect 2009 season. CU has also won 30 consecutive NSIC regular-season matches dating back to early last season.
Kayla Koenecke and Amanda Konetchy didn't disappoint on Senior Day. Koenecke led the Golden Bears with 15 kills and 13 digs along with a stellar .429 attack percentage. The double-double was her 14th on the year. Konetchy contributed 40 assists on the Golden Bears' 48 kills and even snuck in a kill of her own. Erienne Lauersdorf also chipped in nine kills for CU.
No. 3 Minnesota-Duluth 3, No. 8 Southwest Minnesota State 0
DULUTH, Minn. -- Minnesota Duluth defeated No. 8 Southwest Minnesota State in consecutive sets in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action on Saturday. The loss moves the Mustangs to 18-6 overall, 13-3 in the NSIC, while the Bulldogs improve to 24-2 overall, 14-2 in the NSIC.
The loss snaps SMSU's three-match winning streak against UMD dating back to the 2011 season.
SMSU was unable to slow down the high-octane offense of UMD as the Bulldogs finished the match with a. 345 hitting percentage. SMSU's offense could not keep up as the Mustangs were held to a .115 hitting efficiency.
No. 4 St. Thomas (Minn.), St. Mary's
WINONA, Minn. -- Junior Jill Greenfield surpassed 1,000 career kills and No. 4-ranked St. Thomas scored a 3-0 road win at St. Mary’s to claim a share of the conference title. The Tommies beat the playoff-bound Cardinals 25-20, 25-22, 25-17.
It’s the seventh consecutive outright or shared MIAC crown for St. Thomas. The Tommies (26-2 overall, 10-1 MIAC) ran its road win streak to 19 and hit .347 on the day.
Greenfield finished with 10 kills and now has 1,001. She added 11 digs and three blocks. Kelly Foley had 13 kills, four blocks and hit .385. Mackenzie Piechowski had seven kills and five blocks. Sara Atkinson had six kills and four blocks.
No. 5 Central Missouri 3, Lindenwood 1
WARRENSBURG, Mo -- Central Missouri won its third match of the week against Lindenwood on Saturday afternoon. The Jens dropped only one set to the Lions, winning 25-11, 23-25, 25-13, 25-23.
Annie Reilly had 26 digs and a serving ace and kill in the match. Julia Bates had 40 assists, four kills, two blocks, and a serving ace. Goodness finished the match with 17 kills, and two blocks. Blaise also reached double digit kills, with 10 kills, and a serving ace and block through the match.
No. 6 West Texas A&M 3, Southern Nazarene 0
CANYON, Texas -- West Texas A&M stepped out of Lone Star Conference play on Saturday afternoon as it swept the visiting Crimson Storm of Southern Nazarene (25-19, 25-19, 25-16) in front of 592 fans at the WTAMU Fieldhouse. The Lady Buffs move to 23-3 overall on the season while the Crimson Storm drop to 19-8.
The win gives the Lady Buffs their 22nd consecutive home victory and the 17th consecutive win this season, WT has swept its opponents 16 times this season including five consecutive matches.
The Lady Buffs were led offensively by Lexi Davis with 12 kills followed by Halie Harton with 10 and Lauren Bevan with nine, Kameryn Hayes dished out a match-high 30 assists while Lauren Britten led all players with 17 digs on the afternoon.
No. 7 Nebraska-Kearney 3, Central Oklahoma 1
KEARNEY, Neb. -- Outside hitters Ashley Leitner and MJ Massanet had another big night to help Nebraska-Kearney defeat Central Oklahoma in four sets (25-19, 25-22, 24-26, 25-16) on Saturday night in Edmond.
UNK (24-3, 10-2) goes 3-0 on the week while a young Bronchos squad falls to 19-8 (7-6) and sees a three-match win streak come to an end.
After combining for 41 kills in Friday's 3-2 win at Pittsburg State, Leitner (Lincoln SW) and Massanet (Manhattan, Kans.) upped the ante tonight, going for 45 to help stave off a UCO squad that hit a solid .261.
Leitner finished with 22 kills and committed just four errors in 58 swings (.310). Massanet, meanwhile, had 23 kills and 15 digs to post her 10th double double of the fall. She also was efficient, having six errors in 46 attempts (.370).
No. 9 Wingate 3, Lincoln Memorial 1
HARROGATE, Tenn. -- Wingate won its 32nd consecutive SAC match Saturday afternoon, prevailing 3-1 at Lincoln Memorial in South Atlantic Conference action. Wingate won by scores of 25-17, 21-25, 25-21 and 25-10, guaranteeing at least a share of the regular-season SAC title for the eight consecutive season. The Bulldogs are 21-2 overall and 17-0 in the SAC, while LMU falls to 15-10 overall and 11-6 in the conference.
Redshirt senior right-side hitter Anna Hilton piled up 14 kills, 12 digs, eight assists and three blocks to lead the Wingate attack, hitting .355 on the afternoon. Junior outside hitter Susie Murach added 13 kills and eight digs, hitting .400 while junior middle blocker Lexi Potter had 13 kills, seven digs, eight blocks and a .417 hitting percentage. Sophomore outside hitter Shelly Stumpff contributed 11 kills and 14 digs, while senior middle blocker Allison Rickher had eight kills and five blocks, hitting .500.
Sophomore setter Iris Brewer handed out 28 assists, adding four kills and three blocks while redshirt junior Alison Cooke added 26 assists, five digs and three kills. Junior libero Stephanie Tassone collected 23 digs for the Bulldogs.
No. 10 Western Washington 3, Northwest Nazarene 0
NAMPA, Idaho -- Opposite-side hitter Jennica McPherson had a match-high 10 kills and 11 digs as Western Washington completed a sweep of a tough two-match road trip with a 25-21, 25-20, 25-18, victory against Northwest Nazarene in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference match on Saturday at the Johnson Sports Center on the NNU campus.
The Vikings improved to 17-3 overall and second in the GNAC standings at 10-2. They began the junket on Thursday with a 3-1 triumph at Central Washington.
NNU, which had a three-match winning streak snapped with just its second loss in the last eight matches, fell to 13-6 overall and 9-4 in GNAC play. Jenna Caywood led the Crusaders with nine kills.
"This was an important road trip for us and we did a good job of not only taking the wins but also playing well," WWU head coach Diane Flick (14th year, 290-77) said.
The win was WWU's ninth consecutive against the Crusaders.