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Cougars win 21st volleyball match this season

The University of Minnesota, Morris volleyball team split two matches in the Twin Cities area Saturday. The Cougars swept the North Central Rams 25-7, 25-12, 25-12 early on Saturday, but later they took on Augsburg College falling to the Auggies 3-0 in a non-conference matchup.

With the win, the Cougars improve to 21-9 overall. The 21 wins on the year is the third highest win total in school history.

In the match against the North Central Rams, Addie Vancura led the way with 11 kills on 21 swings. Jennifer LaRoque had nine kills and Cori Becker had eight, which was a career high for the freshman. LaRoque also added two solo blocks and a block assist in addition to hitting .571.

The Cougars' defense held North Central to -.053 hitting. There were just five ties and four lead changes.

UMM jumped out to a 14-4 lead in the first set and never looked back extending the lead to as large as 23-6. The Cougars went on a 22-5 scoring run after trailing 3-2 early in the set.

In the second set Morris jumped out 10-3 and never let the Rams get back within six winning the set.

The third set was closer as the Rams led 6-4 early on, but after the Cougars scored 12 of the next 13 points, they took a 16-7 lead. Again the Cougars proved to be too much as they went on the take the set 25-12, sealing the victory.

Against the Auggies the Cougars fell behind midway through the first set and were unable to recover falling 25-14.

Minnesota Morris played well defensively in the second set, but Augsburg took a 15-10 lead midway through the set forcing a UMM timeout. The Auggies kept the momentum and took the set 25-13 making it 2-0.

Morris was up early in the third set leading 11-8, but AC rallied to tie it at 12 midway through. The Cougars responded with three points of their own forcing an Auggie timeout. Augsburg rallied to get within one at 19-18, forcing a UMM timeout and then took the lead 20-19 following the timeout. Morris was never able to recover falling 25-21.

The Cougars will now move in the post season where they will take on Northwestern in the UMAC Semi Finals on Wednesday