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Auch tallies 1000th career kill to begin UMM season in Colorado

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Colorado Springs, Colo. – University of Minnesota, Morris volleyball opened up its season at the Colorado College tournament where the Cougars went 3-1, falling to No. 8 in the nation and host of the tournament Colorado College. The Cougars upheld Simpson College, Oswego State, and Blackburn College during the two-day tournament. Emily Auch tallied her 1000th career kill in the 3-1 win over Oswego State.

UM-Morris 3, Simpson College 1

Minnesota Morris hit .283 as a team in the first match of the day against Simpson College on Friday, Aug. 29, finishing with 55 kills in a 3-1 victory for the Cougars.

Cori Becker led the way with 12 kills and a .611 attack percentage. Auch and Mikayla Michaletz each added ten kills. Auch had 15 digs, giving her a double-double in the match, and Brooke Decker finished with team high 29 assists.

Freshman Marissa Ekness and Hannah Terhaar had team high 18 digs to lead the defense. The Cougars had a total of 68 digs and three blocks, holding Simpson to just .140 hitting in the match.

Morris held a 15-9 lead in the first set, but Simpson rallied to within two points at 18-16. The Cougars scored the next three points, extending the lead back to five then went on to win the set 25-19.

The second set was back and forth until the late in the set when Simpson started to pull away. With the score tied at 14, Simpson went on an 11-4 run, taking the second set 25-18.

The Cougars jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the third set as they tried to take control of the match. The lead grew to 12 at 21-9 as they cruised to a 25-15 set three win. Set four was similar to the second set, remaining close until the midway portion of the set. With the set tied at 12, UMM scored six straight points and held an 18-12 lead. Simpson cut the lead to 18-16 but could get now closer and Minnesota Morris closed out the match with a 25-22 set four victory.

Colorado College 3, UM-Morris 0

Colorado College proved why the Tigers are the No. 8 team in the nation in the Cougars second match of the day, winning 25-18, 25-14, 25-14. Minnesota Morris was held to just .009 hitting in the match as Colorado College had 59 digs.

Auch and Abby Tietz each had a team high seven kills with Auch also adding eight digs and tying Terhaar for the team high. Decker had 13 assists and seven digs in the match.

The Tigers pulled away from the Cougars around the midpoint of each set on their way to the 3-0 sweep.

UM-Morris 3, Oswego State 1

After going 1-1 on Friday, the Cougars earned their second win of the season by beating Oswego State 3-1 on Saturday, Aug. 30.

Auch recorded her 1000th career kill in the win, finishing the match with 21 kills, just one shy of her career high. Becker added 11 kills and Tietz had ten. Kayley Siekman had 29 assists and Decker added 15. The team racked up 65 digs in the four set victory.

Morris ran away with the first set, winning 25-14. Set two and three were neck and neck with UMM winning set two 25-22 but dropping the third set 26-24. Minnesota Morris responded in the fourth, pulling away for a 25-17 set four win and a 3-1 match win.

UM-Morris 3, Blackburn College 1

Head coach Chad Braegelmann switched a few things up in the second match on Saturday against Blackburn College, playing a total of 14 players in the game.

Set one was 25-10 romp in favor of the Cougars, but Blackburn came back with a 25-18 win in the second set. Minnesota Morris won the third and fourth sets by identical 25-18 scores.

Ekness led the way with 11 kills, a career high for the freshman. Justine Flattum had a career high 29 assists, setting up the offense. Amanda Weir had four block assists, which helped the Cougars hold Blackburn to an attack percentage of .000.

The next tournament for the Cougars is the Macalester Invite this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 5-6. The Cougars play in the Gustavus tournament the following weekend before opening up the UMAC season against preseason favorite Northwestern on Friday, Sept. 19.

Brooke Kern

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