Minnesota Crookston falls to 4-20 (2-14 NSIC).

FAYETTE, Iowa – The University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball team fell to 3-0 (25-15, 25-13, 25-8) to Upper Iowa at Dorman Gymnasium in Fayette, Iowa. The Golden Eagles held close in the first set as they were down just 13-11 in the first set but Minnesota Crookston was able to finish out the sets late as they fell 3-0.

    Minnesota Crookston falls to 4-20 (2-14 NSIC) with Saturday’s loss. Upper Iowa moves to 16-8 (9-7 NSIC).

    The Golden Eagles hit .038 for the match with 18 kills and 15 errors. Minnesota Crookston added 30 digs for 10 digs for set, while they also chipped in two service aces and two blocks. Upper Iowa hit .453 for the match with 46 kills and seven errors.

    Minnesota Crookston was guided by five kills from Porsha Porath (Fr., OH, Windom, Minn.), who continues to grow and show improvement for the Golden Eagles. She hit .136 for the match. Sabrina Leuer (R-Jr., OH, Hamel, Minn.) added five kills, as well, for Minnesota Crookston.

Key Players

Minnesota Crookston

Porsha Porath, 5 kills, .136 hitting pct.

Sabrina Leuer, 5 kills, .091 hitting pct.

Kaitlin Sikkink, 3 kills, .375 hitting pct.

Sydney Kruisselbrink, 16 assists

Ali Schueler, 11 digs

    The Peacocks opened the first set on a 4-1 run led by a Bethany Lovhaug kill. The Golden Eagles took over the lead 7-6 with a Lovhaug attack error. Minnesota Crookston kept the set close early on at 13-11 after a Lauren Wombles service error. However, Upper Iowa closed the set on a 12-4 run as they took the frame 25-15 to go up 1-0.

    The Golden Eagles were within 4-3 early in the second set following a Porath and Kaitlin Sikkink (R-Jr., MH, St. Charles, Minn.) block. Upper Iowa countered and widened their lead to 15-6 on a Kaitlin Niedert kill. The Peacocks did not look back as they took the frame 25-13.

    Upper Iowa started the third set on a 16-2 run and did not falter as they won 25-8 to take the match 3-0.

    Minnesota Crookston returns to action Fri., Oct. 26 at University of Mary.