No. 3 Concordia St. Paul Sweeps No. 5 Truman


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ST. PAUL, Minn. - For the sixth consecutive time this season, the No. 3 Concordia Golden Bear volleyball team downed a top-25 ranked opponent. This time the win came at the hands of No. 5 Truman State at the CU Radisson-Roseville Tournament in St. Paul, Minn. Concordia topped the Bulldogs in three straight sets, 25-22, 25-22, 25-14. CU has a nine-match winning streak going and is 9-1 overall. Truman State falls to 8-2.

The opening two games of the match had all of the intensity expected in the meeting of the giants. The Golden Bears held a slim lead throughout much of the first game and held off a higher percentage hitting Bulldogs attack. Concordia took more swings at the ball and also had four serving aces, three from junior Maggie McNamara, giving them the 25-22 edge.

The second set was a wild battle with 13 ties and six lead changes. Truman State continued to swing well, posting a .515 hitting average in game two. The Golden Bears countered with a .548 average. They held a 17-16 lead midway through the game and used kills from around the lineup to stretch the lead to 21-18. Truman kept things interesting, using power of their own to trail by just two, 22-20, but CU showed composure to hang on for the win. Emily Palkert boosted the effort with seven kills in the second set, while TSU's Melissa Keck tabbed five for the Bulldogs.

Ahead 2-0 and with a home crowd cheering them on, the Golden Bears wasted no time finishing off Truman State in the third game. They jumped out to a 14-7 lead and welcomed Bulldog errors on the way to the overwhelming 25-14 decision. Truman entered the final set with a .420 hitting average but swung for just .050 in the final game to drop the mark to .284 overall. Concordia maintained a solid .294 figure to finish with a .352 average.

Palkert and Maria Steinhagen led the team with 11 kills each, followed by Sadie Kessler with ten. Kessler also had seven digs, three block assists, four set assists and two aces on the night. Mary Slinger and Whitney Meierotto combined for 24 digs as the Golden Bear defense out-played Truman 50 digs to 36.

Truman State's Eli Medina came up with a ten kill, 11 dig double double to lead the Bulldogs. Keck finished with 11 kills. Whitney Boehler had a team high 11 digs.

The Golden Bears continue play tomorrow, facing NSIC foe #8 Augustana College in a non-conference match at 1:00 pm. They wrap things up with a 7:30 duel against Alaska-Anchorage, who has had a very strong showing so far at the tournament.

Article courtesy of Concordia-St. Paul athletics.

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