DULUTH, Minn. -- Concordia-St. Paul (27-2, 19-1 NSIC) fell short in their quest of a perfect regular season slate in NSIC play as they had their 25-match winning streak snapped by No. 3 Minnesota-Duluth (28-2, 18-2 NSIC) on Saturday night. The Golden Bears took their first NSIC loss in 34 matches since they last lost in Duluth back on Sept. 28, 2012 in four sets. Concordia clinched the top seed in the NSIC tournament and UMD claimed the second seed as they both play host in the first round of the tournament this Wednesday.
NSIC Player of the Year Kate Lange had a dominant performance for the Bulldogs with 31 kills and 13 digs as she hit .379 for the match. Setter Ashley Hinsch put up 61 assists and four blocks and middle blockers Sydnie Mauch and Monica Turner had 13 and 11 kills, respectively. UMD hit .259 as a team in the match.
For the Golden Bears, Emily McDonough led the way with 16 kills and 17 digs for her 11th double-double of the season. Kayla Koeneck picked up another double-double as well as she finished with 13 kills and 12 digs. Riley Hanson, Erienne Lauersdorf and Heather Schiller also had double digit kills for CU.
No. 2 Tampa 3, Florida Southern 0
TAMPA, Fla. -- With its last regular season home match, No. 2 Tampa swept Florida Southern 3-0 on senior day. The Spartans improved to 27-1 overall and 14-0 in the Sunshine State Conference while the Mocs dip to 19-13 with a 8-6 SSC tally.
Outside hitter Berkley Whaley led the charge with her sixth double-double of the season, grounding 11 kills and 14 digs. The sophomore blocked two attacks and served an ace in the three-set win.
Offensive duo Meagan Burke and Holly Reschke barraged eight and seven kills respectively as middle blocker Burke stopped four attacks at the net. Setter Kahley Patrick added a double-double to her season as the junior assisted 32 attacks and 11 digs. The defense limited the Mocs to a .000 team hitting clip as libero Frances Cardenas combined with Whaley to produce 28 digs, 14 apiece.
No. 5 Central Missouri 3, Fort Hays State 0
WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- Central Missouri Jennies captured a share of the MIAA championship with a 25-9, 25-18, 27-25 sweep of Fort Hays State on Saturday afternoon at the UCM Multipurpose Building. The conference title is the fourth in the last five years, and the 23rd in school history.
The Jennies (29-1, 15-1 MIAA) won seven points in a row early in the first set to take a 9-2 lead over the Tigers (14-19, 3-13 MIAA), and Haley Thompson had three kills in the streak. The Jennies had at least a six point lead over the Tigers for the remainder of the set, and scored the final five of six points in the set. Taylor Goodness had four kills, and hit .571 in the set. Thompson hit .600 in the set, with three kills.
Goodness had 11 kills and a block. Thompson had 10 kills, and three blocks. Becca Blaise had eight kills, a serving ace and a block. Maddie Jones had two kills, and four blocks. Julia Bates had 32 assists, eight kills, two serving aces and a block. Annie Reilly had 15 digs and two serving aces.
No. 6 West Texas A&M 3, Texas A&M-Commerce 0
COMMERCE, Texas -- West Texas A&M used a 13 kill performance by Lauren Bevan to wrap-up its 2013 regular season as they registered its 22nd consecutive victory with a sweep against the Lions of Texas A&M-Commerce (25-22, 25-16, 25-17) on Saturday night at the TAMUC Fieldhouse. The Lady Buffs move to 28-3 (16-0 LSC) while the Lions move to 22-8 (9-7 LSC) on the season.
"Another big win, I feel like we came out a lot more focused that we did last night. Give credit to Commerce, they're a good team that really puts pressure on you defensively with their good outsides" WT head coach Jason Skoch said. "Now we turn our focus to Eastern and the LSC tournament, to get where we want to be at the end of the season we need to continue to take care of business this upcoming weekend."
The win lifts the Lady Buffs to 35-7 all-time against Texas A&M-Commerce with WT taking the last 20 meetings dating back to the 1994 season. The win also gives the Lady Buffs their 22nd consecutive victory this season while WT registered their 23rd consecutive conference victory dating back to last season.
No. 8 Southwest Minnesota State 3, Northern State 1
ABERDEEN, S.D. -- Southwest Minnesota State closed the regular season with a big 3-1 road victory against No. 22 Northern State on Saturday night. SMSU won by scores of 27-29, 25-21, 25-19, 25-20.
SMSU improves to 23-6 overall, 17-3 NSIC, and will open the NSIC tournament on Wednesday night as the No. 3 seed and will host No. 6 seed Wayne State. SMSU defeated WSC 3-1 on Sept. 21 in Marshall in the only match-up between the teams this season.
Abbey Thissen paced the Mustangs with a match-high 19 kills and finished hitting a team-high .371. Claire Sames (18), Whitney Burmeister (16) and McKell Anderson (13) all finished with double figure kills for SMSU, which hit .242 (75-32-178) in the match and recorded 12 blocks. Rachel Westby paced the SMSU defense with 20 digs, while Emilee Gutzmer had 67 set assists.
No. 9 Wingate 3, Mars Hill 1
WINGATE, N.C. -- Ninth-ranked Wingate wrapped up the regular season with a 3-1 victory against Mars Hill on Saturday afternoon in Cuddy Arena. Wingate won by scores of 25-16, 25-23, 23-25 and 25-12 to improve to 26-2 overall and 22-0 in the SAC. Mars Hill falls to 16-11 overall and 13-9 in the conference. Wingate will be the number one seed in next week's SAC tournament.
The victory gives the Bulldogs their 37th consecutive SAC win, while also giving them their 23rd consecutive victory this year. Wingate has now gone undefeated in SAC play six of the past seven seasons. The 'Dogs have won 120 of 122 league contests since the start of the 2007 season. Wingate has won eight consecutive regular season SAC titles and will look for an eight consecutive SAC tournament championship next week in Newberry.
Redshirt senior right-side hitter Anna Hilton had 16 kills, 16 digs and five assists to lead the Wingate attack, hitting .325. Junior middle blocker Lexi Potter had 15 kills and six blocks, hitting .429. The 2012 all-SAC and all-region selection finishes the regular season as the league-leader in hitting percentage for the third consecutive year, notching a .386 percentage. Freshman middle blocker Abby Saehler added eight kills, while junior outside hitter Susie Murach had six kills and 13 digs. Redshirt junior setter Alison Cooke had 30 assists, 12 digs, four blocks and three kills in three sets, while junior libero Stephanie Tassone had 19 digs.