SMSU VOLLEYBALL: No. 10 Mustangs fall in five sets against No. 2 CSP

ST. PAUL ­- The No. 10 Southwest Minnesota State volleyball team fell to No. 2 Concordia-St. Paul in five-sets (27-25, 25-22, 24-26, 25-15, 15-8) at the Gangelhoff Center on Saturday afternoon. The game was delayed an hour and a half due to a power outage in St. Paul for the two top-10 teams’ second meeting of the season.

SMSU (10-5, 5-2 NSIC) fell to CSP (13-2, 7-0 NSIC) in three-sets in the championship match earlier this season at this season at the Colorado Premier Challenge. The Mustangs came back this afternoon for revenge taking the first set 27-25 and recording a .486 hitting percentage.

Taylor Reiss recorded a match-high 30 kills in the 20 digs in the Mustangs second conference loss this year, her third consecutive double-double and her 11th this season.

Angela Young also added 14 kills while Kaylee Burmeister led the Mustangs with 24 digs.

The teams went point for point for most the first set before the Mustangs pulled ahead to a 21-17 lead with kills from Sarina Smith, Angela Young, and Reiss. The Golden Bears went on to close in on the Mustangs to tie it at 25-25 before the Mustangs delivered kills from Meg Schmidt and Young to close set one.

Concordia-St. Paul went on a 4-0 run in the second set to rally from behind and regain the lead at 13-11. The attempted to chase the Golden Bears but fell in set two, 25-22, after Concordia delivered two kills to end the set.

Mustangs jumped to an early 15-11 lead before the Golden Bears tied the set and gained a 17-15 lead. The Mustangs then took advantage of three attack errors from the Golden Bears and capitalized by kills from Schmidt and Young to take the advantage. The Golden Bears tied the game back up at 24s before the Mustangs controlled the end of the set with two kills, one each from Young and Reiss.

CSP lead the entire fourth set after a 5-0 run put them at a 21-14 lead and never looked back to take set four, 25-15.

The fifth set was dead-locked until CSP tool control with their evenly sourced offense. Concordia-St. Paul had four players which double-digit kills, Hope Schiller (15), Brooklyn Lewis (20), Erin Fallert (14), and Sara Macek (11). The Golden bears hit .500 to take the fifth set, 15-8 and win the match.

Southwest Minnesota State continues conference play traveling to University of Minnesota Crookston on Friday for a 6 p.m. match

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