The Golden Eagles fall to 2-7 (0-1 NSIC) with Thursday’s loss.

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball team opened the NSIC slate with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-) to St. Cloud State University Thurs., Sept. 6 at Halenbeck Hall in St. Cloud, Minn.

    The Golden Eagles fall to 2-7 (0-1 NSIC) with Thursday’s loss to St. Cloud State. The Huskies moved to 5-2 (1-0 NSIC) with the victory.

    Minnesota Crookston was hindered by attack errors on Thursday night as they finished with 18 errors compared to just 15 kills to finish with a -.039 attack percentage. On the other side, the Huskies had an efficient night as they notched 40 kills with 17 attack errors for a .232 hitting percentage. The Golden Eagles did not hit over .000 in any of the three sets on Thursday.

Top Performers
Minnesota Crookston
Hannah Stark, 6 kills, 6 digs, .053 hitting pct.
Deaira Gresham, 5 kills, 6 digs, .059 hitting pct.
Sydney Kruisselbrink, 14 assists, 2 blocks
Katie Lienemann, 8 digs
Callie Schapekahm, 2 blocks

Set One

    St. Cloud State got out to an early 4-0 lead in the first set. Minnesota Crookston responded and was able to pull within 4-3 following a Lindsey Rachel attack error. However, the Huskies came right back with a 4-0 run as they moved their advantage to 8-3. St. Cloud State would hold on for the 25-15 win despite periodic charges made in the match by the Golden Eagles.

Set Two

    The Huskies again used early momentum in the second frame as they took a 6-1 lead in the early going guided by a series of attack errors by Minnesota Crookston. The Golden Eagles countered with a crucial run as they knotted up the match 7-7 following a Micah Nier attack error. The Golden Eagles would continue to keep it close until St. Cloud State put forth a 5-0 run to move into an 18-12 lead. Minnesota Crookston did not give in and was able to pull within 20-17 after a Maddy Torve attack error. The Huskies would hold on late as they would be able to take the set 25-19 to move into a 2-0 overall lead.

Set Three

    St. Cloud State continued the trend they had through the first two sets as they were propelled by an early lead, this time jumping out to a 7-1 advantage. Minnesota Crookston came within three points at 11-8 after an Abby Templin attack error. St. Cloud State was able to again hold off any charges by the Golden Eagles as they took the final frame 25-16 to win the match 3-0.

    Minnesota Crookston will make their home debut against No. 6 University of Minnesota Duluth Sat., Sept. 8 at 4 p.m. at Lysaker Gymnasium.