No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul Sweeps Shippensburg

8/30/2008

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - The top-ranked Concordia University volleyball team improved to 3-1 on the season with a three-game sweep of Shippensburg University (0-3) on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Emily Palkert played her best match of the short season, leading the squad with 14 kills while hitting at a .571 mark and also gaining four block assists.

The Golden Bears were dominant throughout the match, taking the decision by scores of 25-14, 25-19 and a blowout 25-10 final game. CU had a season high hitting percentage, swinging at a .415 rate. They came up with 42 kills in the match and had just eight errors. Palkert and Maria Steinhagen each topped the team with a .571 hitting mark.

Concordia's serving game also frustrated the Raiders all match long. Led by Sadie Kessler with four aces, the Golden Bears served up nine aces in the match. They did not commit a receiving error throughout the competition.

Nine was also the number of team blocks in the game, topped by Steinhagen and Kessler with five assists each. Mary Slinger had a team high 14 digs, nearly half of the team's 31 scoops.

Shippensburg had 24 kills in the match, but committed 16 hitting errors for a mere .103 front line average. They did not have a player with more than seven kills.

Concordia's season continues with a tournament next weekend in Denver, Colo. They will play three matches at the Metro/Regis Premiere tournament, kicking things off against #13 Central Missouri State on September 5 at noon. They also face Regis University on Friday in what is as true tournament format.

Article courtesy of Concordia-St. Paul athletics.

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