No. 1 Concorida-St. Paul Sweeps St. Cloud State
ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Concordia University's volleyball team improved to 19-1 on the season and stayed undefeated in league play (8-0) with a 3-0 win over St. Cloud State on Saturday afternoon (25-22, 25-24, 25-27). This was the first-ever conference meeting between the Golden Bears and Huskies. CU is currently ranked #1 in the nation and have the longest active winning streak in the NCAA at 19 games.
The Huskies battled tough in the first set of the match, taking the first two points of the set and leading 14-11 at the midpoint. The Golden Bears had troubles finding the court on offense and had one of their slowest producing sets. Maria Steinhagen got the team back on track with two straight ace serves that tied the game at 14-14, just part of a 5-0 CU run. The Golden Bears closed the set with a 25-22 win despite being out-hit by the Huskies .133 to .132.
Emily Palkert was the driving force behind a huge 25-14 second set win in which the team improved their hitting average to .500. Palkert took ten swings from the front row in the game and came up with eight kills for a hitting mark of .800.
The Golden Bears closed out the win with a 25-17 win in set three and held the Huskies to only five kills in the set. Mary Slinger was a thorn in SCSU's side, digging up 11 balls on her way to a season high 25 match digs.
Palkert and Whitney Meierotto paced the Golden Bears with 19 and 17 kills each, respectively. The team racked up 50 kills while hitting .218. CU barely edged out SCSU in digs with 56 to the Huskies' 54. Along with Slinger's 25 digs, Rachel Knutsen finished the match with ten digs. Maggie McNamara had 39 assists and eight digs. Steinhagen and Meierotto each had three block assists.
The Huskies were led by Ashley Shields with 11 kills, the only SCSU player to finish the day in double figures. The team had a .074 hitting average and six team blocks. Two players, Jennifer Waterman and Andreana Pieper, went into double figures in digs.
The Golden Bears are on the road next weekend, playing at Bemidji State on Friday and challenging #13-ranked Minnesota Duluth on Saturday.
Article courtesy of Concordia-St. Paul athletics.