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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • College volleyball: Golden Eagles split pair of NSIC road matches

  • The win over MSU Moorhead was the first for any current UMC player over the Dragons and was the first for Head Coach Lee Anderson during his seven-year career as the Golden Eagle head coach.
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  • Minnesota Crookston Volleyball earned a split on the weekend, earning a big 3-2 win over MSU Moorhead Friday in Moorhead, Minn. and losing 3-0 to Northern State Saturday in Aberdeen, S.D.
    The win over MSU Moorhead was the first for any current UMC player over the Dragons and was the first for Head Coach Lee Anderson during his seven-year career as the Golden Eagle head coach.
    The Golden Eagles are now 8-9 (3-6 NSIC) on the season. The Golden Eagles will return home next weekend with matches against Minot State University and University of Mary.
    UMC @ MSUM
    UMC snapped a 16-match skid against MSU Moorhead Friday night as they came back from a 2-1 deficit to down their Red River Valley foes in a 3-2 skirmish at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse in Moorhead, Minn. The Golden Eagles hadn't defeated MSU Moorhead since Oct. 30, 2004 prior to the victory Friday.
    The Golden Eagles had a well balanced attack on the night with four players with 10 or more kills in what was the fourth match to go to five sets already this year for UMC. The Golden Eagles didn't play one five-set match in 2012. Brittany Looker (Jr., OH, Rochester, Minn.) led the team with 16 kills while Alexandra Skeeter (Sr., OH, Milwaukee, Wis.) added 11 kills.
    Morgan VanGerpen (Jr., MH, Overland Park, Kan.) built on a strong outing against Minnesota State as she had 10 kills and hit .304. Right side hitter Maggie Perrel (Fr., New Germany, Minn.) added 10 kills and hit .259. Setter Sierra Trost (Fr., Ham Lake, Minn.) had 42 assists to guide the UMC offense.
    Defensively, the Golden Eagles were also very balanced as they had 88 digs on the night led by all-time digs leader Chelsea Wiesner (Sr., Lib., Rochester, Minn.), who had 23 digs. Skeeter completed a double-double with 17 digs, as did Looker with 15 digs and Trost with 12. On the block, VanGerpen was again dominant following her six block performance against the Mavericks last Saturday with seven block assists Friday. Trost added one solo block and four block assists as the Golden Eagles had one of their more dominant performances of the season on the block with 10 team blocks.
    MSU Moorhead hit .139 for the match led by 19 kills from Kaitlin VanWinkle, who hit .300. Maggie Gruber added 18 kills and Morgan Gradishar chipped in 13 kills. Setter Sam Sullivan paced the Dragons with 54 assists. The Dragon defense was very balanced with five players in double-figure digs led by Katie Meyers, Sullivan and Amber Krenske, who each had 18 digs. Abby Wolpern added 13 and Gradishar had 11. Gruber was dominant on the block for the Dragons with six block assists.
    UMC @ NSU
    The Golden Eagles were swept at the hands of Northern State 3-0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-20) Saturday evening at Wachs Arena in Aberdeen, S.D.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Golden Eagles were limited to a .059 hitting percentage with 27 kills and 21 errors on the evening. UMC was paced by nine kills from Looker, who is eighth all-time in career kills for the Golden Eagles. She needs just 21 kills to move into seventh place to surpass former teammate Amanda Swann. In addition to Looker, Katie Miedtke (Sr., MH, Maple Grove, Minn.) added six kills and hit .273. Trost had 23 assists on the night.
    Defensively, UMC was paced by eight digs from Paige Mitchell (Sr., DS, West Palm Beach, Fla.) while Trost and Wiesner each added seven digs. VanGerpen led the block with two block assists.
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