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Heading into this weekend, the University of Minnesota Duluth was already off to an encouraging 3-1 start. The Bulldogs continued their torrid pace Friday, and picked up two tough victories in the Florida Southern Tournament in Lakeland, Fla.

UMD started the day with an impressive 3-1 (25-23,25-22,19-25,25-15) victory over its former rival from the now defunct North Central Conference, the University of Nebraska-Omaha, in what turned out to be an offensive showdown. The Bulldogs were able to outslug the Mavericks on a team hitting percentage of .344. Omaha brought a solid attack of their own and went toe-to-toe with UMD, registering a collective kill percentage of .327

True freshman Anna Zyvoloski again made her presence felt, turning 19 kills and a .405 hitting percentage, both team highs for the match. She also made her mark on defense with 11 digs, which landed Zyvoloski her first double-double as a Bulldog. Senior libero Rachel Jacobson led UMD on defense with her 13 digs, and chipped in on offense with six set assists.

Following a brief break, the Bulldogs then lined up to take on St. Leo's College Friday afternoon. The Lions gave UMD all it could handle, but the Bulldogs prevailed by a 3-2 margin (25-17,22-25,19-25,31-29,15-7.)

The Lions were able to muster a slightly more effective kill percentage for the match, and outhit UMD .215 to .213. Junior Alyssa Nelson led the way with 17 kills, while Jacobson again made the biggest impact defensively, hauling in 21 digs.

The win against St. Leo's marked the 200th career win for Bulldog head coach Jim Boos, who has been running the UMD volleyball program since 2002.

UMD (5-1) is scheduled to meet up with two more tough opponents in Eckerd College and host Florida Southern Saturday.


Article courtesy of Minnesota Duluth Athletics

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