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Cougars split weekend's volleyball matches

The University of Minnesota, Morris volleyball team was swept by Martin Luther Friday night, but bounced back to sweep Bethany Lutheran Saturday.

Martin Luther 3

UM-Morris 0

The Cougars were swept on Friday by scores of 25-19, 25-22, 25-17 to the Martin Luther Knights.

The Cougars were held to a season-low .010 attacking in the loss. UMM was 27-103 with 26 errors in the loss, but stayed in the match thanks to 12 team blocks including 10 by Hannah Knot, setting a new career high.

Brooke Decker had 24 assists, setting a career high in the match.

Leading the offense was Emily Auch who had six kills. Kaylie Clark had 10 digs to lead the defense.

Martin Luther went out front early in the first set 7-1 and forced a UMM timeout. Morris cut the lead to 11-9 after a Knight attack error, but MLC pushed the lead back to four quickly. The Cougars cut the lead to two late at 21-19, but again the Knights stood their ground and scored four straight to win the set.

The second set started very similar to the first as MLC went up 6-0. The Cougars battled back and took a lead at 7-6 to force MLC to burn a timeout. Most of the set was a back-and-forth battle until UMM got some breathing room at 20-16. The Knights responded quickly going on a 5-1 run to tie the score at 21 all. After UMM took a 22-21 lead, MLC scored the next four points to take the set 25-22.

It was a battle in the beginning of the third set as neither team had a lead above three until Martin Luther took a 16-12 lead. The Knights never looked back and took the set 25-17.

UM-Morris 3

Bethany Lutheran 0

Abby Tietz tied a career high with 14 kills as the Cougars swept the Bethany Lutheran Vikings 25-15, 25-18, 25-11 on Saturday afternoon. Tietz hit .480, adding four digs and two block assists.

The Cougars hit .326 in the match, fourth highest on the year, just a day after hitting a season low 0.010. In addition, UMM held BLC to .020 thanks to 49 digs by the Cougars, 20 by Kaylie Clark.

The Cougars had a 10-4 lead to start the first set and never really looked back taking the set 25-15.

The second set started a lot like the first taking a 12-5 lead early. The Vikings closed to within three at 20-17, but the Cougars came back and took the set 25-18.

UMM scored the first seven points of the third set and to seal the deal, as they would go on to take the third set 25-11, never allowing the Vikings to get within five points.