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Cougars sweep Rams in UMAC play

Kaylie Clark was honored for her 1,000th dig that took place against St. Scholastica Sept. 28. She is pictured with assistant coach Heather Penney and coach Chad Braegelmann.

The University of Minnesota, Morris volleyball team hosted the North Central Rams on Saturday morning, in their second UMAC game of the weekend sweeping the Rams 25-5, 25-9, 25-13.

Kaylie Clark was recognized for her 1,000th dig that took place against St. Scholastica back on Sept. 28 prior to the match. The Cougars have now won six straight matches.

Morris started off the game by going up early 7-1, before the Rams called a timeout to try and regroup. After the timeout, North Central still didn't have an answer for the Cougars as they built their lead up to 19-3 forcing the Rams to take their last timeout of the set. Brita Humphrey helped lead the way during that long run, serving nine times in a row, including one ace. The first set ended 25-5, after Mandy Allman set up Hannah Knott for a kill, giving the Cougars the first set.

In the second set, UMM came out with the same attack as they did in the first, taking an early 9-3 lead after Michele Hanson recorded her second ace of the match. She then added another ace to her total before the Rams called a timeout. After the timeout Hanson continued to rack up the aces, as she had three straight, as she kept the Cougars attack going to put them up 19-3. Morris eventually added two more points before the Rams had a kill to get a chance to serve. The Cougars went on to win the second set, after Allman got her first ace of the night.

In the third set Hannah Terhaar started things off by serving for the Cougars and getting them off to a 3-0 start. The Rams tried to come back, closing to within 6-5, before UMM finally took control of the set. The Cougars started to slowly put North Central away, as the forced NCU to take a timeout after extending the lead to 16-8. After the timeout the Cougars put the Rams away by taking the third and final set 25-13. Allman again ended the game with another ace.