DULUTH, Minn. -- With a match against the No. 1 team in the nation ahead on its schedule, Minnesota-Duluth did not overlook its Friday night Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opponent as the Bulldogs dropped Minnesota State-Mankato in consecutive sets at Romano Gym.
UMD (27-2, 17-2 NSIC) opened the first set with an 8-3 run against the Mavericks (13-14, 8-11 NSIC) and pulled further away late to win the first set 25-17. The second set began as a back-and-forth battle with MSU within one at 14-13. MSU called a timeout at 18-14 UMD, but it only seemed to spark the Bulldogs more as they scored seven of the last 11 points to take the set 25-18. UMD dominated the third and final set, opening up to an 11-point lead at 21-10 and holding on the rest of the way to win 25-14.
No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul 3, St. Cloud State 0
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Concordia-St. Paul (27-1, 19-0 NSIC) swept the St. Cloud State Huskies (13-14, 7-12 NSIC) to claim the NSIC title outright. The Golden Bears extended their winning streak to 25 as they secured their 11th conference title in 11 years.
Concordia secures the top seed of the NSIC Volleyball tournament and will play the eighth seed on Wednesday. A first-round win secures the right to host the semifinals and championship match next Saturday and Sunday.
Erienne Lauersdorf paced the Golden Bears with 13 kills and an impressive .600 attack percentage. Emily McDonoughpicked up her 10th double-double of the season with 11 kills and 12 digs. Heather Schiller joined them in double digits with 10 kills. Amanda Konetchy facilitated the offense 40 assists as the Golden Bears hit .360 as a team.
No. 5 Central Missouri 3, No. 7 Nebraska-Kearney 0
WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- Central Missouri beat No. 7 Nebraska-Kearney in consecutive sets, 25-21, 25-21, 25-18, on Friday evening in the UCM Multipurpose Building. The Jennies had 44 kills, eight blocks and six serving aces against the Lopers.
Julia Bates had 34 assists, three kills and two service aces in the match. Reilly had 14 digs, three service aces and a kill. Thompson and Blaise both had six kills in the match, Thompson had five blocks, Blaise had four. Maddie Jones had four killls, and three blocks in the match. Sojka finished the match with 14 kills, and hit .256. Goodness had 10 kill and a block. Mikalee Monchino had a serving ace and nine digs.
No. 6 West Texas A&M 3, Texas Woman's 1
DENTON, Texas -- West Texas A&M dropped the opening set but rebounded to register the team's 21st consecutive victory as WT topped the Pioneers of Texas Woman's in four sets (16-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-23). The win lifts the Lady Buffs to 27-3 (15-0 LSC).
The win lifts the Lady Buffs to 38-6 all-time against Texas Woman's with WT taking the last 20 meetings dating back to the 1995 season, the win also extends the Lady Buffs' win streak to 21 matches including taking their last 22 conference matches dating back to last season.
The Lady Buffs were led offensively by Lexi Davis with 14 kills to tie a career high followed by Laura Iwuchukwu with 12 and Halie Harton with 11 kills to go along with 17 digs for the double-double. Kameryn Hayes dished out a match high 47 assists on the night while Lauren Britten tallied 14 digs followed by Kyli Schulz with 12.
No. 8 Southwest Minnesota State 3, Minnesota State-Moorhead 1
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Southwest Minnesota State secured the third-seed in the upcoming Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament with a 3-1 road victory against Minnesota State-Moorhead on Friday night. SMSU won by scores of 23-25, 25-17, 25-22 and 25-21.
SMSU improves to 22-6 overall, 16-3 NSIC and holds a two-match lead against fourth place Northern State. MSU Moorhead drops to 15-12 overall, 8-11 NSIC.
Claire Sames paced SMSU with 17 kills and finished with a .316 hitting percentage. Sarah Parker also had a big night for the Mustangs racking up a career-high 13 kills, while hitting a team-high .360. Abby Thissen finished with 15 kills, while McKell Anderson and Whitney Burmeister each added 11 kills. Emilee Gutzmer finished with a match-high 54 assists, while Rachel Westby added a match-high 22 digs.
No. 9 Wingate 3, Tusculum 0
WINGATE, N.C. -- Ninth-ranked Wingate swept visiting Tusculum on Friday night in South Atlantic Conference action in Cuddy Arena. Wingate won by scores of 25-10, 25-22 and 25-21 to improve to 25-2 overall and 21-0 in the SAC. The 'Dogs have won 36 consecutive SAC matches dating back to last season and 22 straight contests this year. Tusculum falls to 19-9 overall and 14-7 in the conference.
Junior middle blocker Lexi Potter piled up 14 kills in 19 swings, hitting .737 to go along two blocks. Redshirt senior right-side hitter Anna Hilton had 12 kills and 22 digs, while junior outside hitter Susie Murach had 10 kills, eight digs and a .318 hitting percentage. Sophomore outside hitter Shelly Stumpff contributed 10 kills and 13 digs. Redshirt junior setter Alison Cooke had 45 assists and 10 digs, while junior libero Stephanie Tassone added 10 digs.