No. 3 Concordia-St. Paul Wins Premiere Challenge


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DENVER, Colo. - With a 3-0 win over #10 Florida Southern, the Concordia volleyball team has won the 2008 Regis/Metro Premiere Challenge. The win came by scores of 25-15, 26-24, 25-21 and puts CU's season record at 7-1. FSU takes their second loss of the year and is 5-2 overall.

The Golden Bears played one of their closer matches of the year against FSU, winning the final two games by just six points combined. After a relative blowout in the opening game, the Moccasins tightened the race and forced a battle. They led 18-13 and appeared to have control over game two, but four straight kills, including three from CU leading hitter Emily Palkert, tightened the score to 18-17. Ellie Duffy put a ball down to give Concordia a 20-19 edge, but things went back and forth for several more minutes. Tied at 24-24, Palkert and Whitney Meierotto traded kills to take the win and go up 2-0.

Concordia had to pull out a comeback in the final game of the match after giving up a game-opening 10-3 run to the Moccasins. The offense began to click and the defense kept balls alive to pull the score to 10-10, a 7-0 run for Concordia. The Golden Bears took the final lead off of a FSU hitting mistake and held on for the win.

The Golden Bears hit .295 in the final match of the weekend, led by Palkert with 20 kills, the most by a Concordia hitter this season. Freshman Duffy also contributed with a career high 11 kills. Maria Steinhagen kept FSU hitters in check with five blocks (1s, 4a) in the match. The defense was split between Mary Slinger, Meierotto and Rachel Knutsen with 13, 11 and 10 kills each, respectively. Maggie McNamara had 44 set assists and seven digs.

The Moccasins hit .134 in the match and were led by Danielle Higgnbotham with 11 kills and a team high ten digs. Two FSU players had four block assists each, with the team collecting five total blocks.

The Golden Bears bring a seven match win streak into their home opener next weekend as they host the Radisson-Roseville Tournament on Friday and Saturday. Due up on Friday are opponents Central Washington and Truman State, who is currently tied with Concordia for third in the nation.

Article courtesy of Concorida-St. Paul athletics.

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