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Cougars open UMAC volleyball

The University of Minnesota, Morris volleyball team opened Upper Midwest Athletic Conference action with a split on the road.

St. Scholastica 3

UM-Morris 0

The Cougar volleyball team was unable to take their second match in just over a week from St. Scholastica Saturday, Sept. 24, falling in straight sets 3-0.

Morris got down early in the first set and never recovered, falling 25-18. The Saints used seven straight points in the second set to take a 25-16 win, and in the third scored six of the last seven points for a 25-17 win.

The Cougars struggled at the net all night, hitting just .062 as a team, their lowest mark since the season opener. Morris hit just .021, .000 and .167 in the three sets respectively, compared to .140, .303 and .243 for the Saints.

Kaylie Clark's eight kills led the Cougars , with Allie Humphrey pitching in seven.  

Setter Natalie Thomas finished with 25 assists, putting her over the 2,000 mark for her career, with 2,002 and counting.

Thomas also added eight digs on the backline, while Clark led the defense with 14. Brita Humphrey added 13 digs in the match, her eighth time in double digits on the season.

The Saints were led by Anna Zyvoloski who finished with 18 kills in the match, the second best mark in the UMAC this season, in a three-set match.

UM-Morris 3

Northland 0

The Cougars cruised to a three-set win over UMAC foe, Northland Sunday Sept. 25.

The Cougars won by set scores of 25-16, 25-18 and 25-21, and hit .356 for the match, easily their best day at the net all season. The LumberJills, meanwhile, struggled offensively hitting just .070 on the day.

Kaylie Clark led the way on offense with 10 kills, while hitting a blazing .588 with no errors in her 17 attempts. She also added 10 digs on the back line for her third double-double of the season.  

Alyssa Haugen came off the bench to have her best match of the season with seven kills on just 12 attacks, also without an error to post a .583 hitting percentage.

The Cougars committed a season-low eight errors on the attack, with no player having more than two.

Anna Peterson joined Clark with 10 digs, with Natalie Thomas posting 21 assists to run the offense.

The LumberJills were able to keep the first set close, and pulled within three after a kill to make it 16-13. They then committed back-to-back errors to start a 9-3 Cougar run to close the set.

The Cougars wasted little time in the second set, sprinting out to an 8-3 lead, and never led by less than three.

Despite a .000 hitting mark, the LumberJills put up their best effort in the third set, using five-straight points midway through to take an 11-9 lead. The Cougars answered by taking 11 of the next 14 points to regain control, which included back-to-back serve aces from Hannah Terhaar and three consecutive kills from Haugen.

After seven straight on the road, the Cougars get to return home this weekend to the friendly confines of the P.E. Center.