No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul Defeats U-Mary

10/25/2008

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Concordia volleyball team pulled the pink wool over the eyes of the University of Mary on Saturday evening, pillaging the Marauders in a quick 3-0 match (25-13, 25-7, 25-14).  The theme of the night was "Dig For The Cure", raising money and awareness for breast cancer research.  Over $800 was raised at the event.

Self-inflicted hitting errors were the downfall of the Marauders all night.  Mary had 21 kills, but committed 23 errors on their way to a -.021 hitting average, the worst hitting mark by a Concordia opponent this season.  The Golden Bears, on the other hand, hit at a .442 clip with 41 kills and just seven errors. 

The stat that was highlighted on the evening, however, was in the digging column, where the combined total would determine how much money was raised for the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Foundation.  Despite the spread in the scores, the teams combined for 74 digs, not far from the average seen at Concordia matches this season.  CU came up with 49 saves and U-Mary with 25, resulting in over $800 raised for the cause.

The Marauders led periodically in the early portions of several sets, but they never maintained the edge for long.  The team put every eligible athlete on the floor to battle against the Golden Bears and was led by Laci Murtha with 11 kills and two digs.  Kendra Hobbs had the most digs on the squad with ten, followed by Amanda Hennessy with three and several players with two.  The Marauders had two team blocks.

It was fitting that, on a night that also honored Concordia's seniors, the two elders led their team to a 25th consecutive win.   Maria Steinhagen put down 11 kills in 15 attempts, committing only one error for a .667 hitting average.  She also had five block assists.  Whitney Meierotto had ten kills and a team high 13 digs on the night, along with four block assists.

Junior Mary Slinger added another 12 digs on the evening, followed by Rachel Knutsen with 11.  Maggie McNamara assisted on 40 of the team's 41 kills.  Sadie Kessler also had a nice line in the match, putting up nine kills, five digs and four block assists.

A loss for the University of Mary drops their season record to 4-22 overall and 2-12 in the league.  The Golden Bears are now 25-1 on the season and 14-0 in the NSIC.  They hit the road next weekend, playing a set of ranked opponents in #20 Augustana College and #23 Wayne State.  They return the following Tuesday, Election Day, for a big rivalry meeting with #18 Minnesota Duluth.  The game will be broadcast live on FSN North, starting at 7:00 pm.

Article courtesy of Concordia-St. Paul athletics.

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