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Cougars sweep Northland College at home

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The University of Minnesota, Morris   volleyball team nearly set a school record with a .450 hitting percentage, in a sweep over Northland College  on Friday.

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Minnesota Morris picked up the win; 25-9, 25-4, 25-17 in just 52 minutes in the P.E. Center. The win was number 50 in conference matches for head coach Chad Braegelmann.

UMM came out on fire in the first set, taking a 7-1 lead. Northland pulled within four on a couple of occasions, but got no closer. Morris scored 14 of the final 18 points to take a 25-9 set one win. UMM hit .773 in the first set with 18 kills in 22 attempts and just one error. They also sided-out at an 88 percent clip.

It was all Minnesota Morris in the second set as Kaylie Clark served 11 straight times helping the Cougars jump out to a 12-1 lead. During the 11-0 run Clark served four straight aces, using the jump serve effectively. Morris again hit over .700 in the set, going through the second set without an error. The Cougars had five aces in the second set.

Morris put out a very different lineup in the third set and had to battle for the win. Leading 4-1 early the Cougars could not keep the LumberJills from rallying to tie the set and take a lead. Minnesota Morris trailed for a majority of the middle portion of the set until a block by Cori Becker and Brooke Decker gave UMM the 16-15 lead. It was the first career block assist for Decker. The lead grew to as much as five thanks to three straight points late. Another three quick points at the end of the set gave UMM the 25-17 set three win.

Before Friday’s match the Cougars honored Kaylie Clark for breaking the school record in digs.

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