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WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: SMSU swept from NCAAs

Minnesota-Duluth ousts Southwest Minnesota State in three sets

December 7, 2013
Marshall Independent

DULUTH - Senior outside hitter Kate Lange neared a triple-double as Minnesota-Duluth defeated Southwest Minnesota State in straight sets during the NCAA Division II Central Regional Semifinals at Romano Gym on Saturday.

The Bulldogs swept the Mustangs 25-18, 25-22, 25-18.

"I thought UMD was the better team," head coach Terry Culhane said. "They just did things better than we did and put pressure on us all night long."

Article Photos

File photo by Jenny Kirk
Southwest Minnesota State hitter Sarah Parker swings at the ball while teammate Ellen Degler looks on during a match from the 2013 season. The Mustangs were eliminated from the NCAA tournament on Friday after being swept at Minnesota-Duluth.

Lange led all Bulldogs (33-2) with 18 kills and eight blocks while also hauling in nine digs. Minnesota-Duluth finished with 10 total and 53 digs, holding Southwest Minnesota to a slim .112 attack percentage.

SMSU finished the match with 21 errors on 116 attacks. McKell Anderson led all Mustangs with nine kills.

"We couldn't stay consistent enough to get (UMD) out of their comfort zone," said Culhane.

The Bulldogs' 10 total blocks (20 block assists) contributed to SMSU's low hitting percentage and 21 hitting errors.

"(UMD) did a good job of blocking and, at times, we didn't do a very good job of hitting around the block," Culhane said. "Ultimately, when teams block that well, usually it has got to do with you not being able to pass the ball very well."

Three Mustangs tallied double-digit dig totals - Whitney Burmeister (12), McKell Anderson (11), and Rachel Westby (11).

"(Friday), we fell short," said senior libero Rachel Westby, a Marshall native who played her final match in a Mustang uniform. "(Making the NCAA tournament} meant a lot to our team to be here and we certainly didn't take it for granted. It has been a fun four years. I have been in the (NCAA tournament) every year that I have played, which is something that not everyone can say. I learned a lot at SMSU, I learned a lot about hard work I wouldn't have wanted to play for another program."

SMSU ends its season with an overall record of 24-8, marking the 11th straight season with at least 20 match wins.

Minnesota-Duluth advances to take on NSIC rival and six-time defending NCAA champion Concordia-St. Paul in the NCAA Central Region final.

Friday

NCAA TOURNAMENT

Central Region semifinal

At Minnesota-Duluth

MINNESOTA-DULUTH 3, SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE 0

25-18, 25-22, 25-18

SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE

KETAADS-A

Burmeister 4 0 18 1 12 0-0

Parker 5 5 22 0 2 0-3

Anderson 9 6 28 1 11 0-1

Sames 6 3 19 0 2 0-0

Gutzmer 3 0 5 26 2 0-0

Thissen 7 7 22 0 3 0-2

Westby 0 0 2 3 11 0-0

Degler 0 0 0 1 1 0-0

Totals 34 21 116 32 44 3.0

MINNESOTA-DULUTH

KETAADS-A

Ledwell 1 0 1 0 7 0-0

Lange 18 3 40 0 9 0-8

Hinsch 2 1 4 39 4 0-2

Benusa 0 0 0 1 4 0-0

Turner 5 2 13 0 1 0-4

Mauch 8 3 20 0 0 0-6

Caroline 0 0 0 0 0 0-0

Rainey 0 0 1 1 23 0-0

Siroin 6 2 8 0 0 0-0

Scharf 6 2 19 1 5 0-0

Totals 46 13 106 42 53 10.0

 
 

 

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