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Olerud earns All-Tournament team honors at Springfield

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The University of Minnesota, Morris volleyball team put together their best match of the season Saturday, and came away with the season's first victory in a 3-1 decision over Rivier College.

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The Cougars won the first, second and fourth sets in the win, and leave the Springfield Tournament on the right note, after a pair of tough losses Friday.

Megan Theis led the charge for the Cougars on the day, finishing with a match-high 16 kills, her second straight match with that tally. Up front on defense, Theis also led the way with a block and a block assist in the Cougars' best blocking match of the year. UMM tabbed six block assists on the day, a season high.

Jordan Olerud added nine kills and - along with her performance from Friday - earned All-Tournament team honors. On Friday, Olerud had a double-double in the first match, and 16 kills in the second.

Mandy Allman ran the offense with 20 assists, with Nichelle Grage chipping in with 16.

On defense, Brita Humphrey led the charge with 22 digs, and was the only Cougar in double figures.

After dropping the third set, the Cougars played a back-and-forth final set, before finally building up their lead and putting together one final run for the win.

"We played a nice solid match against a good team," head coach Chad Braegelman said. "We had some errors, but they were aggressive errors. We did a god job of adjusting and taking what the defense gave us. We played well and it was good to see us close out the match."

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