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NCAA VOLLEYBALL: Concordia stops SMSU

No. 1-ranked Golden Bears take three sets, first place from Mustangs

October 21, 2013
Marshall Independent

ST. PAUL - The No. 6-ranked Southwest Minnesota State volleyball team saw its 11-match winning streak come to an end at the hands of No. 1-ranked Concordia-St. Paul in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action on Saturday afternoon.

The Golden Bears also ended SMSU's school record streaks of consecutive sweeps (seven) and set victories (22).

With the loss, SMSU drops to 15-4, overall 10-1 NSIC, while Concordia-St. Paul takes sole possession of first-place in the NSIC standings with its 19-1 overall, 11-0 NSIC record.

The story of the match was sloppy play from the Mustangs, who finished the match with 22 attack errors and a .092 attack percentage. Abbey Thissen led the way with 11 kills for SMSU and Whitney Burmeister chipped in 12 digs.

The Mustangs combined to hit just .092 (32 kills, 22 errors, 109 attempts), while the Golden Bears put together a .300 hitting percentage for the match (36-9-90).

SMSU returns for a mid-week match versus Sioux Falls on Tuesday at P.E. Gym. The Mustangs will honor SMSU faculty as it is faculty appreciation night.

NO. 1 CONCORDIA-ST. PAUL 3,

NO. 6 SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE 0

Southwest Minnesota State15 18 16

Concordia-St. Paul25 25 25

SERVING ACES - Southwest Minnesota State 3 (Claire Sames 2, Abbey Thissen 1); Concordia-St. Paul 8 (Kayla Koenecke 3, Erienne Lauersdorf 2, Taylor Dordan 1, Emily McDonough 1).

KILLS - Southwest Minnesota State 32 (Abbey Thissen 11, Whitney Burmeister 6, Claire Sames 6, McKell Anderson 4, Jessica Thelemann 2, Emilee Gutzmer 2, Sarah Parker 1); Concordia-St. Paul 36 (Emily McDonough 10, Erienne Lauersdorf 8, Heather Schiller 7, Riley Hanson 5, Kayla Koenecke 5, Amanda Konetchy 1).

DIGS - Southwest Minnesota State 38 (Whitney Burmeister 12, Rachel Westby 11, McKell Anderson 5, Claire Sames 3, Emilee Gutzmer 3, Abbey Thissen 2, Ellen Degler 2); Concordia-St. Paul 46 (Taylor Dordan 11. Emily McDonough 10, Kayla Koenecke 9, Amanda Konetchy 7, Kara Pioske 5, Erienne Lauersdorf 3, Riley Hanson 1).

ASSISTS - Southwest Minnesota State 32 (Emilee Gutzmer 29, Whitney Burmeister 1, Rachel Westby 1 Claire Sames 1); Concordia-St. Paul 34 (Amanda Konetchy 30, Kayla Koenecke 3, Taylor Dordan 1).

BLOCKS (SOLO-ASSISTED) - Southwest Minnesota State 0; Concordia-St. Paul 8 (Emily McDonough 1-3, Erienne Lauersdorf 1-2, Heather Schiller 0-5, Kayla Koenecke 0-1, Riley Hanson 0-1).

 
 

 

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