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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • College volleyball: Golden Eagles drop first 2 NSIC matches of season

  • Minnesota, Crookston is now 7-5 on the season and 3-2 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
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  • The Golden Eagles were swept in two matches on the weekend in Crookston by Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opponents with winning records. On Friday, Wayne State won 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-16). On Saturday, Augustana won a tight match 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-19).
    Next week Minnesota, Crookston, which is now 7-5 on the season and 3-2 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, goes on the road to face Upper Iowa and Winona State.
    UMC vs. Wayne State
    Brittany Looker (So., OH, Rochester, Minn.) led the way for the University of Minnesota, Crookston with 10 kills. As a team they hit .119 for the match. Alexandra Skeeter (Jr., OH, Milwaukee, Wis.) and Amanda Swann (Sr., OH, Rochester Hills, Mich.) chipped in eight kills. At setter, Paige Mitchell (R-Jr., West Palm Beach, Fla.) paced UMC with 17 assists.
    Defensively UMC had three players in double-figure digs as Skeeter had 16, Chelsea Wiesner (Jr., Lib., Rochester, Minn.) had 15 and Looker had 13. With 13 digs and 10 kills, Looker notched her sixth double-double of the season.
    Wayne State hit .272 as a team for the match led by Alex Armes with 11 kills and a .474 attack percentage. Leisa McClintock did a great job guiding the Wildcat hitters with 37 assists.
    Defensively, Wayne State was paced by four block assists from Armes and 19 digs from VanGroningen.
    The Golden Eagles and Wildcats played a hard-fought first set before UMC fell to the Wildcats 25-21. The Golden Eagles were out hit .400 to .213 in hitting percentage for the first set. Both teams had 17 kills. Wayne State was paced by Armes' eight kills and .636 hitting percentage through the first game. McClintock had 16 assists for the Wildcats while VanGroningen led Wayne State defensively with eight digs in frame one.
    UMC was paced by Looker, who had six kills and hit .455 in the first set. Mitchell guided the team with seven assists in the first set while defensively Skeeter had seven digs in the first set.
    In set two, after a close match through the first 16 points, the Wildcats were able to pull away after being tied 8-8 aided by several attack errors from the Golden Eagles. Wayne State hit .250 as a team compared to .135 for UMC. The Golden Eagles were led by Skeeter's four kills and .222 attack percentage. Lindsey Rees (R-Jr., S, Bronson, Mich.) had eight assists while defensively Wiesner led UMC with eight digs.
    Wayne State played a very balanced set two with three players leading the team with three kills. McClintock had 13 assists while VanGroningen led the defense with six digs.
    In set three, the Wildcats and Golden Eagles were close early with UMC even leading 13-12 but a combination of Golden Eagles attack errors and Wayne State service aces doomed the team as they fell 25-16 in set three and lost the match 3-0. Cori Hobbs led the Wildcats with four kills while McClintock had eight assists. Defensively, Wayne State was paced by VanGroningen's five digs.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Golden Eagles struggled with the errors in set three with only nine kills and 10 attack errors. Katie Miedtke (Jr., MH, Maple Grove, Minn.) led the team in the set with four kills and hit a blemish free 1.000 with four total attacks. Mitchell led the team with five assists in the set while Looker had six digs.
    UMC vs. Augustana
    In the first set, both team hits strongly as UMC out-hit Augustana .317 to .306.. Each team only had four errors apiece. The teams were knotted late, as they were much throughout the first set. Tied 23-23, the Vikings used kills from Holly Hafemeyer and Courtney Ysker to take the set 25-23. The Golden Eagles were paced by Looker, who had six kills and hit .545 for the set on 11 attempts. Mitchell led the way with 10 assists in the first set while Wiesner had seven digs.
    Augustana was led in the first set by Ysker's six kills and Katie Niesen's 15 assists.
    In the second set, the Golden Eagles came back from being down 13-8 to knot the score up. The teams were again tied at 23-23 by kills from Jrodan Spatenka and Ysker again sealed the deal for the Vikings. Both teams had strong sets again as UMC outhit Augustana .270 to .268 paced by Looker's six kills. Mitchell had eight assists in the set while Wiesner and Skeeter each had four digs.
    The Vikings were led in the set by Ysker's six kills and Niesen's 13 assists.
    In set  three, the Golden Eagles struggled throughout as they hit -.097. Augustana was paced by four kills apiece from Hafemeyer and Taylor Hrdlichka.
    On the match, UMC hit .183 to Augustana's .240 hitting percentage. Looker led the Golden Eagles with 13 kills and a .314 hitting percentage. Skeeter added eight kills and had 12 digs on the night. Mitchell led the team with 22 assists while Rees added 14 assists. Defensively, Wiesner led the way with 15 digs.
    Augustana had three players with 10 or more kills as Ysker had 13 kills and hit .323, Hafemeyer had 12 kills and Spatenka had 10. Niesen had 38 assists for the match.
    Defensively, the Vikings were paced by Niesen's 12 digs and Hrdlichka's four solo blocks and one block assist.

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