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Cougars open volleyball season 3-1

The University of Minnesota, Morris volleyball team got off to a great start at the Pacific Coast Classic with a pair of sweeps on Friday and a split on Saturday.

On Friday the Cougars swept both Colby-Sawyer (22-12, 26-24, 25-19) and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (25-22, 25-20, 25-20) and recorded a split on their second day, losing 3-2 (19-25, 27-20, 25-17, 20-25, 10-15) to #16 UMass Boston before picking up a 3-1 (25-17, 9-25, 25-22, 25-21) win over North Central (Ill.).

Brita Humphrey went over 1,000 career digs on Friday with 18 and now has 1,014 in her career.

Emily Auch had 20 kills in the first two matches, six against Colby-Sawyer and 14 against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Abby Tietz had 11 kills, the only other Cougar to have double digit kills on the opening day.

Brooke Decker and Mandy Allman proved to be the main setters for UMM Friday. Decker had 32 assists and Allman had 25.

UMM hit .278 Friday, with just 21 errors in 169 swings.

Humphrey led UMM with those 18 digs, but got help from several other Cougar defenders. Allman had 17 and Decker had 14. Auch also added nine digs in her five sets played.

On Saturday, Kaylie Clark had 13 kills and 12 digs in the match against UMB, taking a whopping 46 swings. Brita Humphrey added a team-high 17 digs as they held UMB to .184 hitting Saturday.

UMass Boston took the first set by a score of 25-19, scoring the final eight points of the set after UMM had the 19-17 lead.

In set number two UMM jumped out to a 13-6 lead before UMB cut that lead to just two at 14-12. The lead would grow to 20-15 before UMB came back once more tying the set at 20. UMM staved off one set point at 24-25 before rattling off three straight points to win the set 27-25.

Set three was UMM's despite falling behind 3-0 early. UMM outscored UMass Boston 25-17 including a 12-6 run in the middle of the set busting it wide open.

It was a tightly contested fourth set as neither team had much seperation throughout. Three straight points by UMB gave them a 20-16 lead late and UMM was able to catch back up falling 25-20.

In the decisive fifth set UMB jumped out 7-3 and despite UMM getting within one point on two occassions it was UMass Boston who held on for the 15-10 win.