Eight days ago, the Minnesota Morris volleyball team traveled to Moorhead and gave Concordia a five-set setback. In the rematch Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the PE Center in Morris, the Cobbers turned the tables and handed the Cougars a 3-0 defeat (25-21, 25-22, 25-22) in the home and regular season finale for the Cougars.
The Cougars jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the first set. Concordia though went on a 10-4 spurt to tie the stanza at 12. The Cobbers took a 15-13 lead and held a slight edge throughout the remainder of the set.
Concordia led throughout most of the second set. The Cougars extended the set by winning four straight, but the Cobbers closed out the stanza with a kill to take a 2 sets to 0 lead.
The third set was tight throughout with neither team leading by more than two until a five-point Cobber spurt gave them a 21-16 lead. UMM again scored four straight to stay in the match, but the Cobbers would close out the set and the match.
Brenna Tinjum led the Cougars with 10 kills. Layne Herrmann totaled 30 assists and Alyssa Ukestad led with 17 digs.
Minnesota Morris finishes the regular season with a 20-11 record and 13-3 mark in the UMAC. The Cougars qualified for the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference tournament, which begins Monday, Oct. 29 with a quarterfinal match up. No. 5 Bethany Lutheran (10-17) will travel to No. 4 St. Scholastica (11-17). The Cougars will be seeded No. 2 or No. 3 depending on how UW-Superior closes out the regular season against North Central Friday, Oct. 26, in Superior. Both UW-Superior and UM-Morris have 13 conference wins, a win for the Yellowjackets would likely secure the No. 2 hosting spot in the tournament. Either way, the two will face each other in the UMAC semifinals Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the higher seed. Championship website here.