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Volleyball team splits UMAC matches

The University of Minnesota, Morris volleyball team split a pair of matches in St. Paul Thursday, falling in three to Northwestern, before coming back to sweep Waldorf. On Friday, the Cougars posted a 3-0 road win over Crown College.

The Cougars return home briefly this week, for a midweek match-up with Presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. They then get back on the road to Bethany Lutheran and Martin Luther on Oct. 8 and 9, respectively.

Northwestern 3

UM-Morris 0

In Upper Midwest Athletic Conference action, Northwestern got the upper hand over the Cougars, winning by scores of 25-13, 25-22, and 25-18. The Cougars got off to a rough start, losing by eight points in the first set while hitting just -.128. Their hitting performance improved to a .100 mark in set two, before charting a .024 in game three, on their way to -.009 for the match, easily their lowest of the season.

The Cougars finished with 24 kills in the match, with 10 coming from Megan Theis. Theis hit a team-high .280 against Northwestern, also finishing with a pair of block assists.

Natalie Thomas finished with 19 assists, while Brita Humphrey and Kaylie Clark led in digs with 11 and 10, respectively.

UM-Morris 3

Waldorf 0

Things improved in the second match with Waldorf, as the Cougars won 27-25, 25-18, and 25-15.  Twice UMM held Waldorf to a negative hitting percentage, including a -.139 in the deciding third set.

Theis continued to lead the attack for the Cougars, with another 10 kills, against just one error for a .409 hitting percentage. She had one solo and two block assists, as the Cougars finished with a season-high eight total blocks in the match.

Jordan Olerud joined Theis with 10 kills in the match, also adding eight digs, a block, and a block assist.

Thomas dished out 31 assists and Humphrey collected 20 digs. Sister Allie Humphrey was also a force on the defensive side, notching a match-high four block assists.

UM-Morris 3

Crown 0

The Cougars won in dominating fashion Friday, posting a 3-0 road win over Crown.

The Cougars held the Storm to less than 17 points in each set, and forced them into a hitting percentage at or below .000 in all three sets. The Cougars hit over .300 in the first and second set, including a match high of .333 in the second.

UMM got back to even in UMAC play, notching their first conference win since the opening of league action. Crown, meanwhile, stays winless in UMAC play, and falls for the sixth straight time.

Three different Cougars finished with double figures for kills, led by Theis with 11. Theis went over the 10 mark for the 10th time on the season, and has been on a tear lately with 10 or more kills in three straight matches.  She made just one error in 19 total attempts and hit .526 in the match.

Allie Humphrey swung for eight kills, and finished with a hitting percentage of .400.

The Cougars finished with 42 kills in the match, compared to just 14 for the Storm, while UMM forced CC into 17 errors. Four different players ended the match hitting for a negative percentage, while none were in the positive.

The Cougars tallied 53 digs, as well as seven total blocks, as they always had an answer for the Storm attack. Kaylie Clark led the way with 14 digs, while Theis led up front with two solo blocks and four block assists. The seven block assists were just one shy of their season-high of eight, set Friday.