No. 3 Concordia-St. Paul Blanks No. 20 Central Missouri

9/5/2008

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DENVER, Colo. - The No. 3-ranked Concordia volleyball team (4-1) has put together a four-match win streak with their latest win over No. 20 University of Central Missouri. The Golden Bears slammed the door on the Jennies (3-2) by scores of 25-12, 25-14, 25-20. They continue pool play at the Premier Challenge tonight against Regis University, match time set at 8:30 pm (CT).

Upperclassmen Maria Steinhagen and Sadie Kessler were the leading forces in Concordia's .368 offensive attack. Senior Steinhagen had 13 kills and hit at a rate of .571 (13-1-21), while junior Kessler marked 11 kills and hit .643 (11-2-14). Kessler also topped the list with five blocks (1s, 4a), leading the squad to a nine-block match.

Concordia runs were key to the sound win on Friday afternoon. The majority of the time, Concordia servers were at the line for a stretch of points. Mary Slinger ended the first game with the longest run of the match, serving six straight times for a game-ending 6-0 run. An ace finished the game off and sent the teams into game two.

The Golden Bears allowed the Jennies to hang with them through the first third of games one and three, but they then opened up sizeable leads to disperse the memory of a tight game. The only lead for UCM came in the third and final game when they were up 6-2 on CU. A 14-4 run for the Golden Bears brought the momentum back and closed out the match in straight sets.

Concordia's defense completely shut down Central Missouri, holding the Jennies to a .052 hitting mark. UCM leading hitter Rachel Fister was held to just two kills, while second-leading hitter Allie Huffman came up with only seven. Concordia dug up half of UCM's attempts and strong net play forced 20 UCM errors.

Slinger led the defense with 16 digs while Maggie McNamara fed the offense for 37 assists. Slinger had two of the team's three service aces, while McNamara collected the third and final. Kessler and McNamara were second on the team with seven digs each. Raina Hein and Emily Palkert each came in with seven kills, followed by Whitney Meierotto with six.

Article courtesy of Concordia-St. Paul athletics.

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