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Cougars improve to 4-0 in UMAC volleyball

The University of Minnesota, Morris took down St. Scholastica in four sets; 25-21, 27-29, 25-16, 25-19 on Sunday in Duluth.

The defense had 85 digs and 10 blocks to lead the team. Abby Tietz had 16 kills and hit a season-high .452 in the match. Kaylie Clark tied her season high with 34 digs  and was 28-for-28 in serve receive.

Three other Cougars had double-digit digs including Tietz. Emily Auch and Mandy Allman each had 10 digs. Auch added nine kills on the offensive side of the net. Alyssa Haugen also had nine kills. Cori Becker, Hannah Knott and Tietz each had five block assists in the match.

Morris had the early lead in set one and saw it grow to as much as six at 17-11. The Saints rallied late and drew within two at 22-20 forcing a UMM timeout. Out of the timeout the Cougars finished off the set with two kills from Tietz and a CSS attack error.

The second set was back and forth throughout. Neither team had a lead larger than three the whole set and the Cougars found themselves trailing a majority of the set. UMM led 20-17 late in the set, but CSS fought back and tied it at 22. The Saints had a pair of set points, but could not close out the Cougars as they tied at 24. St. Scholastica took the set 29-27.

Minnesota Morris jumped on the Saints in the third set and had a 10-3 lead quickly. St. Scholastica never recovered and got no closer than six the rest of the way. Morris took the set 25-16.

UMM took another quick lead in set four as the Cougars led 10-4 out of the gate. The Cougars’ lead grew to as much as 22-9, but the Saints went on a 10-2 run and fought off five set points before Morris closed out the set 25-19.