The University of Minnesota, Morris volleyball team closed out the northeast road trip in fine fashion Sunday, winning both matches in straight sets.
The Cougars opened the day with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-16) win over host Colby-Sawyer, and immediately after, closed the day's action with a dominating 3-0 (25-9, 25-11, 25-16) win over Plymouth State. The Cougars have now won three straight matches, and seven consecutive sets.
In the first match, Megan Theis led the way, and continued her impressive run with a team-high 11 kills, her third straight match in double figures. Allie Humphrey also finished in double figures, adding 10 kills to the UMM offense. Humphrey also swung for a .350 percentage to notch a game high.
The Cougar defense forced Colby-Sawyer to hit just .024, .125 and .079 respectively in the three matches. Colby-Saywer was never able to tally double-digit kills as a team in a single set, topping out with nine in the third set. The leader for CSC, Michelle Doody, finished with just eight.
The win for the Cougars was their second straight, marking their first back-to-back wins since a four-match winning streak in late October last season.
Against Plymouth State the Cougars turned in their most impressive performance of the season winning 25-9 in the first set. UMM hit .421 in the opening set, while holding Plymouth State to a mere -.077.
In fact, the Cougars held Plymouth State to a negative hitting percentage in each of the three sets. In the second set Plymouth State hit just -.167 and in the third set was held to only -.182.
Kaylie Clark led the Cougars in kills for the first time on the season, finishing with eight. Running the offense, Mandy Allman and Nichelle Grage each finished with 11 assists in the match.
Next week the Cougars return home for a pair of Friday night matches on Sept. 10, hosting North Central at 4:30 p.m. and Mount Marty at 7:30 p.m. North Central and Mount Marty will square off at 6:00 p.m. Each match will be in the P.E. Center at UMM.