No. 3 Southwest Minnesota State Falls to No. 17 Minnesota Duluth


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DULUTH, Minn. - No. 17 Minnesota Duluth used a 44-34 kill advantage to defeat No. 3 Southwest Minnesota State 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-20) and hand the Mustangs their third conference loss of the season Friday night in Duluth Minn.

UMD improves to 20-6 (11-3, NSIC) with the win, while SMSU drops to 23-4 (12-3, NSIC).

Not a single SMSU hitter was able to crack the double-digit mark in kills on the evening.  Devin Diedrich was closest, killing nine balls.  Laura Hegerle finished with eight kills.

A normally explosive Mustang offense only managed an uncharacteristic .160 hitting percentage.

Sara Graf dished out 27 assists in the effort. 

Sarah Quiram led all Mustang defenders with 11 digs.

The closing points of the first set was neck and neck, but the Bulldogs rattled off four straight points to take a 1-0 lead.

An eight point run midway through the second set propelled UMD to a second set victory.  That momentum carried to the final set, where the Bulldogs spiked an impressive .400 hitting percentage.

SMSU committed a fatal seven service errors in the loss.

Katie Gangelhoff's 41 assists and Sarah Wyffels 13 kills led the Bulldog effort.

Entering the match, SMSU had already handed UMD a loss this season, defeating the Bulldogs 3-0 on Sept. 6.

SMSU wraps up its Halloween weekend double header tomorrow afternoon when the Mustangs play Bemidji State on the road.  The conference contest is set for 4 p.m.

Article courtesy of Southwest Minnesota State athletics.

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