Concordia University overcame a slow start to pick up a 3-1 volleyball win over York College on Tuesday evening in Seward. York College took set one, but the Bulldogs responded well. Scores of the match were 21-25, 25-14, 25-21 and 25-22. Concordia improved to 8-14 on the year. York College fell to 13-9.
The Bulldogs held a lead late in the first set. Concordia led 20-18, but York finished the set on a 7-1 scoring run to take the early advantage. The Bulldogs took an early 3-0 lead in set two. A rotation error cost the visiting Panthers a few points, and Concordia jumped out a 7-3 advantage. The Bulldogs led comfortably the rest of the way and evened the match at a set apiece.
York held the lead for much of the third set. The Panthers still led by two at 18-16, but Concordia rattled off seven straight points to led 23-18. Kills by Amanda Abbott (Temecula, Calif.) and Mariah Schamp (Arvada, Colo.) gave Concordia the 25-21 win and 2-1 match advantage. In set four, Concordia built a lead early and led by as many as eight on multiple occasions down the stretch. The Panthers didn’t go quietly, however, and pulled within two at 24-22. A kill by Amanda Kisker (Lincoln, Neb.) closed the match and secured the 3-1 win for the Bulldogs.
Senior Ashlea Vaudt (Kalispell, Mont.) led a balanced Concordia hitting attack with 10 kills. Abbott added nine kills, and Kim Miller (Mason City, Iowa) added a career-high nine kills on the night. Marlee Denton (Fremont, Neb.) and Kisker each added eight kills. Alexa Hopping had 19 set assists, while Kayla James (Gibbon, Neb.) chipped in with 12 assists. Carli Smith (Temecula, Calif.) finished with a match-high 25 digs to lead the way defensively for the Bulldogs in the win.
Laura Tesnohliek led the way for York College with eight kills. Rachelle Tialavea and Erin Davidson added six kills apiece for the Panthers.
The Bulldogs return to conference play this weekend with a road match at Mount Marty College on Saturday.