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Cougars go 2-2 at Macalester Invite

The University of Minnesota, Morris volleyball team lost to begin the second day at the Macalester Invite, but were able to sweep the host Scots to end the tournament 2-2.

The day began with a tough 3-1 loss to Wisconsin Superior, 25-22, 25-23, 20-25, 22-25.

In the match with the Yellowjackets of Wisconsin Superior, UMM had 11 blocks, but fell just short in three sets. Kaylie Clark had a team high 20 digs in the set to lead the defense. Emily Auch had 14 kills and Tietz tied a career high with 13 kills. Mandy Allman had a double double with 11 assists and 14 digs.

Morris took a quick 4-1 lead in the first set, but WS came back to tie the set at five. UMM got the lead back and did not trail until Wisconsin Superior took a 12-11 lead. The Yellowjackets never trailed again and took a 17-11 lead midway through the set.

Set two was a back-and-forth battle throughout as neither team held a lead bigger than three. UMM trailed 14-11 midway through the set, but tied it up at 15. The Cougars did not take a lead until it was 24-23 thanks to a Hannah Knott kill. Morris took the set on the next point to win the set 25-23.

Wisconsin Superior jumped out to a 10-3 lead quickly in set three and never really looked back. The Cougars cut the lead to 23-18 late, but would end up falling 25-20.

The Yellowjackets took control of set four scoring six straight points midway through to take a 17-10 lead. UMM made a late charge to get within three at 23-20, but could not complete the comeback and fell 25-22.

UMM beat Macalester 25-22, 25-17 and 25-18 for the sweep. Emily Auch had a team-high 13 kills for UMM. Abby Tietz ended with nine. The team hit .297 in the match with just 13 errors.