Cougars get two sweeps at home
The University of Minnesota, Morris hosted both Crown College and Presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 2 in the P.E. Center and recorded a pair of sweeps.
The Cougars had five players with over 10 kills in the two matches. Abby Tietz had 17 kills, Emily Auch had 14 kills, Allie Humphrey had 13 kills, Addie Vancura had 12 kills, and Jennifer Schmidt had 11 kills.
Kaylie Clark, the UMAC Defensive Player of the Week, had 32 digs in the two matches.
Brook Decker led the way with 39 assists, while Mandy Allman had 31 assists.
The Cougars defeated the Crown Storm 3-0.
In the first set Morris broke away from the Storm by scoring nine straight points before Crown was able to slow them down. UMM kept adding to the lead and extended it to 22-9 before the Storm finally broke into double digits for points. That was as far as the Storm could get as the Cougars took the first set after a kill by Abby Tietz gave Morris the first set, 25-10.
UMM continued to attack the Storm as they started the second set off 6-0 before having a timeout called by Crown. The Cougars extended their lead 12-4. Emily Auch came up to serve and helped the Cougars score eight straight before the Storm were finally able to stop UMM. Addie Vancura came in for the final serve for the Cougars to take the second set and win 25-7.
To start the third set the Cougars took an early 5-1 lead, before Crown was able to serve again. Crown tried to come back and stayed within four points, closing the lead to two points at 9-7. Morris pulled ahead 14-10 and took control of the set. The Storm tried to fight back, but UMM increased the lead to 23-13. The final set ended when Brooke Decker set up Tietz for the final kill and took the game 25-1.
The Cougars swept the Presentation Saints in their second match of the night.
Morris went down early, but with a kill from Jennifer Schmidt the Cougars got themselves on the board. They were still be down 8-5 when they called their first timeout of the set. The timeout made a difference as the Cougars fought back and took their first lead of the night at 10-9, and eventually 12-9, before the Saints needed to take a timeout. UMM scored 12 straight points to extend the lead to 19-9. Brita Humphrey served 12 straight times with UMM scoring on 11 of them, including four aces, for the fourth longest streak of scoring serves in NCAA Division III history. The Cougars allowed one more point, as Schmidt had another kill to end it at 25-10.
Morris continued their attack from the first set by going up early in the second 8-3, before the Saints called a timeout to try and slow things down. The timeout helped the Saints close the lead down to two points, before the Cougars pulled ahead by six for a 15-9 lead, before the Saints got the ball back. The Cougars tried to keep building on the lead, getting ahead no more than six points. The Saints kept Morris within their reach, as they tried to build momentum, even closing the game to four points. The second set ended with Abby Tietz getting the final kill to take the game 25-20.
In the third set the Cougars started off by going up early 6-1, before the Saints took an early timeout. A kill by Emily Auch put the Cougars up 8-3. The Cougars extended their lead to 12-4 before the Saints had another chance to serve the ball. Following the Saints' serve, Brooke Decker got an ace to start off a rally of three straight points before Presentation called another timeout finding themselves down 16-5. After the timeout Decker continued to serve helping the Cougars build a 19-5 lead, before the momentum for Morris was stopped. Presentation started a rally closing the lead to 22-12 before Addie Vancura got an assist from Decker for the kill, giving the serve back to UMM. Kaylie Clark sent the ball over the net with the score at 24-12 to get the final point, giving the Cougars another win