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Cougars split volleyball matches at Gustavus

The University of Minnesota, Morris split a pair of matches on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Gustavus Adolphus Invite. The Cougars swept Central College before being swept by Augsburg. Emily Auch had 21 kills and Abby Tietz had 19 kills to lead the offense. Kaylie Clark had 40 digs in six sets, an average of just over six per set.

It was a long first set against Central College as the Cougars fought off a pair of set points to tie the set late at 24. The set went back and forth as each team had a couple set points. The Dutch led 30-29, but a kill by Auch and two straight attack errors gave the Cougars the 32-30 set one win.

Morris jumped out to a 10-3 set two lead and extended to as much as 12 on a couple occasions before winning the set 25-18.

It was a competitive third set, but Morris held a lead through most of the set. Leading by two at 15-13 the Cougars outscored the Dutch 10-6 in the match’s final 16 points to complete the sweep, winning the set 25-19.

Auch had 13 kills against the Dutch. The defense held Central to just .038. In the final two sets the Cougars held the Dutch offense to just 13 kills while forcing 15 errors.

Against a tough Augsburg team the Cougars took an early lead. The Auggies responded and took a 15-9 lead after scoring six straight points midway through the set. Minnesota Morris cut the lead to three on a couple occasions, but could not pull out the victory as they fell 25-19 in the first set.

The Auggies took a five-point lead midway through the second set as they tried to take a 2-0 lead. Morris pulled to within one at 22-21, but could not finish the comeback as Augsburg took the set 25-21 after three straight points.

In the third and final set Augsburg took a 2-0 lead and never let the Cougars tie the set up. It was 6-5 early in the third set, but then the Auggies went on a 11-4 run, taking a 17-9 lead and gaining control. They went on to win the set 25-17 to complete the sweep.

Tietz had 12 kills and hit .267 in the match. Mandy Allman had 15 assists, setting up the Cougar offense.