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Cougars drop two matches in Moorhead

The University of Minnesota, Morris volleyball team fell twice Tuesday, dropping a 3-0 match to host Concordia-Moorhead before losing a five-setter to Mayville State, 3-2.

Concordia entered the match ranked No. 9 nationally and swept the Cougars 25-14, 25-16, and 25-14. Then Mayville State enacted some revenge from the Cougars with their five-set comeback win by scores of 25-9, 20-25, 16-25, 25-11, and 15-11.

It was a rough night for the Morris offense as they hit just .027 against Concordia and .049 against Mayville State.

Concordia is the first ranked team that the Cougars have faced this season, while Mayville State is a team they had already beaten at the P.E. Center, winning 3-0 on Sept. 9.

In the first match against the Cobbers, the Cougars had a season-low 20 kills, with Steph Schmiesing's six leading the way for the offense. They hit a high of just .043 it the first set, with eight kills against six errors, while the Cobbers countered with 17 kills and a .351 percentage on their way to the sweep.

The Cougars hit .026 in the second set, before a .000 mark in the final set as Concordia completed the sweep.

Mayville State opened with a dominating first set, hitting .258 to the Cougars' -.220. After dropping the next two sets, the Comets rebounded with just eight errors over the final two sets to come back from a 2-1 deficit and take the match.

Kaylie Clark led the way in the match with 15 kills, while Schmiesing also hit double figures with 11.

Natalie Thomas had 44 assists in the match as part of her 61 on the night. Kaylie Clark led the defense with 32 digs, while Jennifer LaRoque added four total blocks at the net.

The two losses leave the Cougars with five setbacks in their last six matches, including two in five sets after leading 2-1 each time.

Things don't get much easier this weekend as they head to league leading Northwestern on Oct. 21 to continue UMAC play.

The first serve with the Eagles is set for 5:30 p.m., with UMM also taking on UW-Stout right after at 7 p.m.