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UMD Women Fall in Volleyball




The No. 4 University of Minnesota Duluth took on a tough opponent in No. 8 Northern State. The Bulldogs lost in a five set match, now carrying a 13-2 record (6-1 in the Northern Sun Inetrcollegiate Conference). The Wolves pick up a game and now stand at 13-2 overall (6-1 in the NSIC).

UMD finished the match swinging at a .235 clip, while Northern State finished out with a .205 clip. The Bulldogs amassed 69 kills on the evening, with the Wolves putting down 58. Northern was able to put down 12 team blocks, with UMD putting up six on the match.

In the first set, the two teams would trade points until Northern State would gain a 7-5 lead. The Bulldogs would stick right with the Wolves, eventually tying the set at 11, then proceeding to take the lead at 13-12. The set would keep close with the teams staying within two points of each other until UMD would hop out to a 21-13 lead, going on a seven point rally and taking command of the set. The Bulldogs would eventually close out the set 25-16.

The second set saw the two teams again battle to keep things tight, drawing a tie at 4-4. UMD would take a two point lead and would stay two points ahead until they were able to grab three points and go up 12-7. The Wolves would grab a point, but the Bulldogs kept steady and would rattle off a 7-5 run and go up 20-13. UMD would take the set 25-17 and go up two sets on Northern State.

The third set started out with more battling, the two teams keeping steady with each other and tying it at 6 a side. The Wolves would take a lead and go up 6-10. The Bulldogs battled hard and found their footing slowly, but couldn’t get back the lead as they would tie the set at 24-24, forcing extra points. The Wolves rallied off two straight and took the set 26-24.

The fourth set saw Northern jump to an early 7-0 lead, and they didn’t look back from that point on. The Bulldogs were unable to strike much home, with the Wolves being able to stay ahead. UMD would pull themselves to within four, bringing it to 14-10, but Northern stayed course and kept rattling off points. The set would go to the Wolves 25-16.

The fifth and final set started with Northern taking the first three points. The Bulldogs battled hard to get back into it, but could not quite get there as they brought the score to within two, but not any closer. Northern State would keep their distance and take the final set 15-11.

Redshirt freshman setter Madison Gordon would finish the match with two aces, digging seven along the way. Sophomore defensive specialist Sydney Lanoue would finish with three assists, digging 15 along the way. Sophomore outside hitter Meredith Sutton would hammer 11 home, swinging at a .292, blocking two and digging six. Sophomore middle blocker Summer Ballard would finish with 12 kills, digging two and blocking one. Junior defensive specialist Megan Freeberg would have three digs.


Junior outside hitter Kate Berg would put down 27 kills, swinging at a .286 with one ace, one block and five digs. Junior middle blocker Lexy Langenfeld would strike down one kill, digging one. Senior defensive specialist Keena Seiffert would finish with a match high 25 digs, assisting in three kills as well. Senior setter Emily Balts would dish out 58 assists, getting one kill, eight digs and one block along the way. Senior right side hitter Hanna Meyer would finish the day with nine kills, getting one ace and one block. Senior middle blocker Abby Thor finished with eight kills, four blocks and three digs.

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