ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Northern Michigan volleyball team had no answers tonight for four-time defending national champion Concordia-St. Paul. The Golden Bears swept the ‘Cats 3-0 on way to their 52 straight home win.
NMU lost 17-25, 23-25 and 8-25 and were competitive for much of the match before Concordia pulled away in the third set.
The match began in a back and forth style of play between the two squads before the Golden Bears finally took control of the match after leading 11-10. Concordia led the rest of the way, with NMU never getting closer than one point.
The ‘Cats led most of the way through the second set before the Golden Bears made a late surge to overtake NMU at the end. NMU led by as much as 14-9 before Concordia called a timeout. Coming out of the break, the Golden Bears went on a 7-0 run and traded the lead with the ‘Cats before winning 25-23.
The third set was all Golden Bears from the start as Concordia jumped out to a quick 10-4 lead and went on to win 15 of the next 19 set points.
Senior Emma Wolfe led the way offensively for the ‘Cats with 10 kills, while junior Abby Lovell established the offense with 22 of the teams 24 assists.
Defensively, junior Kalin Zimmerman led the front with 10 digs.
The Golden Bears were led by Cassie Haag with eight kills. Four other players contributed eight or more kills as well for Concordia. Amanda Konetchy added a team high 39 assists and three digs.
The ‘Cats finished the weekend at 1-3, with their lone victory coming against Pittsburgh State (3-0).
NMU returns home to Vandament Arena next weekend for a three-game home stand. The ‘Cats face a trio of GLIAC foes starting Friday (Sept. 9) at 7 p.m. against Saginaw Valley State.
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