Minnesota Crookston falls to 3-13 (1-7 NSIC) with Friday's loss.

    The University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball team fell 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-18) to No. 12 Southwest Minnesota State University Fri., Sept. 28 at Lysaker Gymnasium.

    The Golden Eagles held with the Mustangs early on in all three sets on Friday. Minnesota Crookston was knotted up 8-8 with Southwest Minnesota State in set one before the Mustangs ended the frame on a 17-6 run. In set two, the Golden Eagles were knotted up 15-15 with Southwest Minnesota State before the Mustangs finished up the set on a 10-3 rally. In the final set, the Golden Eagles trailed by just 7-6 before Southwest Minnesota State was able to end the frame on a 18-12 run.

    Minnesota Crookston falls to 3-13 (1-7 NSIC) with Friday’s loss. The Mustangs improved their mark to 11-5 (6-2 NSIC) with the victory.

Key Players
Minnesota Crookston
Deaira Gresham, 10 kills, .167 hitting pct., 2 solo blocks, 1 block assist
Lauren Wallace, 5 kills, .222 hitting pct.
Callie Schapekahm, 3 kills, .300 hitting pct.
Sydney Kruisselbrink, 21 assists
Ali Schueler, 14 digs
Katie Lienemann, 11 digs

    The Golden Eagles hit .128 for the match with 25 kills and 11 errors, while the Mustangs finished the match hitting .305 for 54 kills and 11 errors. AVCA Division II Player of the Year Taylor Reiss guided Southwest Minnesota State’s effort with 23 kills and a .321 hitting percentage. Minnesota Crookston kept several points alive with strong play defensively as they finished with 57 digs for an average of 19 digs per set.

    Minnesota Crookston held the 6-5 advantage early in the first set guided by kills from Porsha Porath (Fr., OH, Windom, Minn.) and Lauren Wallace (R-Fr., OH, Bloomington, Minn.). The Mustangs came back and took the lead 7-6 following back-to-back kills from Reiss. The Golden Eagles responded and tied the set up 8-8 with a kill from Deaira Gresham (So., OH, Maplewood, Minn.). Southwest Minnesota State responded in a big way as they used a 5-1 run to take the 13-9 lead after a kill from Sarina Smith. Minnesota Crookston pulled back within 15-12 with a Gresham kill, but the Mustangs would be able to end the set on a 10-2 run to win the frame 25-14.

    The Golden Eagles again came out of the gate strong as they held a 4-3 lead following a Callie Schapekahm (Sr., MH, Eagan, Minn.) kill. The Mustangs took the lead 8-6 in the set propelled by Meg a Schmidt kill.  Minnesota Crookston countered and knotted the match up 8-8 with an errant hit by Meg Schmidt. Southwest Minnesota State again countered as they used a 4-1 run to get out to a 12-9 advantage after an Angela Young kill. Minnesota Crookston responded with a 6-3 run as they knotted the match back up 15-15 with a Porath kill. However, Southwest Minnesota State again ended on a run as they outscored the Golden Eagles 10-3 to take the set 25-18 and go ahead 2-0.

    The final frame began in similar fashion to the first two as Minnesota Crookston held an early 5-4 lead following a Gresham kill. Southwest Minnesota State moved into the driver’s seat 7-5 after a Gresham attack error. The Golden Eagles would hold within two points at 9-7 after a Sydney Omvedt service error for the Mustangs. Southwest Minnesota State took control from that point as they moved out to an 18-10 lead on a Lexi Ferrell service ace. Minnesota Crookston tried to make a final push but it would be too late as they lost the set 25-18 and the match 3-0.

    Minnesota Crookston returns to the Lysaker Gymnasium court at 4 p.m. to take on University of Sioux Falls.