YANKTON, S.D. – The No. 15 Concordia volleyball team defeated its fifth straight opponent on Saturday, Oct. 24. The Bulldogs made the Lancers their most recent victim, topping them 3-1 (25-21, 20-25, 25-17 and 25-20). The team hit .238 through four sets.
The win improves the Bulldogs to 23-5 (11-2 GPAC) while the Lancers drop to 7-20 (2-11 GPAC).
Head coach Scott Mattera said, “It certainly wasn't our prettiest match but Mount Marty really played well and gave us some looks we were used to. We recovered in time to win and Annie and Taylor really got going again. Jocelyn was really solid again defensively, she's had a big week.”
Leading the Bulldog squad in kills was sophomore Annie Freisen who notched up 12 kills with just one error and hit .478 on the day. Claire White had 11 kills, marking her third match in a row with double-digit kills. Taylor workman assisted a team high five blocks and tallied seven kills.
Alayna Kavanaugh dished out 39 assists and recorded five kills. Defensively, Jocelyn Garcia had 23 digs while Kendra Dinkel had 15. White and Libby Zagel each owned two service aces.
“We've been really good at adjusting and reading what teams are doing but we kind of struggled with that today, coaching staff included,” Mattera noted. “Credit to Mount Marty for passing well and staying in system and running some good and subtle stuff to throw us off. Overall, we're happy with a GPAC road win against another team who really brought their "A" game against us.”
In the first set, Concordia went on an 8-1 run to come back from a 17-20 deficit and win the set, 25-21. The team hit .147 in the frame and held the Lancers to a .111 percentage.
The second set went to the Lancers on a 25-20 decision. Concordia hit .233 in the set and marked up 14 kills. The score was tied at 12 before Mount Marty went on a 3-0 run and the Bulldogs were not able to close the gap.
The third and fourth sets belongs to the Bulldogs who out hit the Lancers .290 and .286 to .135 and .175, respectively. CUNE hit a match high 15 kills in the final set. The ‘Dogs took the third set, 25-17 and the fourth, 25-20.
The Bulldogs will be back on the court on Wednesday, Oct. 28 as they welcome (RV) Doane College (18-10, 8-5 GPAC) to Walz Arena.