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10/9: Cobbers upend #3 Tommies in 5, remain unbeaten in MIAC

• As a side note, Concordia won tonight without leading outside Olivia Wangensteen, who remains sidelined. Also, St. Thomas had its 33-match home winning streak — the longest streak in all of NCAA volleyball — and its 20-match conference skein halted.

Concordia-Moorhead 3, #3 St. Thomas 2 Set 5 ended 15-13; CCM’s Kayla Hampton went 15-2-28.
#10 Saint Benedict 3, Bethel 1 CSB’s Taya Kockelman had 54 assists, 18 digs, 8 kills.
#17 Augsburg 3, Gustavus 0 AC’s Colleen Ourada had 13 kills, 10 digs.
Saint Mary’s 3, Hamline 1 SMU’s Alex Peterson had 12 kills.
St. Catherine 3, Carleton 2 Set 5 ended 15-7; SCU’s Jana Christensen had 23 kills.
Macalester 3, St. Olaf 1 MC’s Brooke Hunter, Laura Avena had 16 kills apiece.

Simpson 3, Central 1 SC had 4 with 10+ kills.
Coe 3, Loras 0 CC’s Brianna Smith went 15-2-23.
Luther 3, Dubuque 0 LC had 48 kills.

St. Scholastica 3, Northland 0 CSS’s Kortney Morrin went 18-1-29.
Martin Luther 3, Bethany Lutheran 0 MLC’s Rebecca Engelbrecht had 14 kills, 17 digs.

Carroll 3, St. Norbert 1 CU’s Katrina Zenz had 12 kills, 20 digs.

Nebraska Wesleyan 3, Doane 0 NWU’s Malory Dahl had 11 kills.

Westminster 3, Central Methodist 2 Set 5 ended 15-13; WC’s Lexi Collier, Amanda Kiso had 13 kills apiece.
Illinois College 3, Robert Morris-Springfield 0 IC’s Megan Moore went 11-0-17.

Top 25 upset watch
#1 Calvin 3, Olivet 0
#2 Hope 3, Trine 0
#21 Trinity (Texas) 3, Concordia (Texas) 2
New Paltz St. 3, #23 Williams 2
#24 Roger Williams 3, Wentworth 0

-Ricky Nelson


Written by Ricky Nelson

October 9, 2013 at 1:56 pm

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  1. Are we to the point that there is Calvin and everyone else? I still like Cal Lutheran A LOT but maybe there is a Tier 1 (Calvin), a Tier 2 (Cal Lutheran) and then a Tier 3 (Everyone in the Top 30 or so)?


    October 10, 2013 at 9:27 am

  2. I’m not there. Calvin is definitely No. 1 right now, but I don’t think there’s a gulf separating the Knights from some others. It’s hard for me to get a read when conference play starts and Calvin rarely gets tested while some others do.

    I’m not dismissing what Calvin does on weeknights during the fall term, but it’s not the same as what St. Thomas, Cal Lutheran and some others have to endure.

    And Calvin is not unique in that regard. There’s a decent-sized list of teams that could win 95 percent of conference matches by playing far less than their best. Losing to Concordia-Moorhead is more of a testament to the strength of the MIAC than it is a signal of UST’s demise.

    We’ll see what happens with Calvin this weekend, especially against a tall team from Elmhurst. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Calvin won all four matches, but I won’t think the Knights have a tier to themselves if that happens. However, Calvin is the favorite in that scenario. A decent favorite but not overwhelmingly so. I’d still think any team in my top seven could win the national title.

    -Ricky Nelson


    October 10, 2013 at 1:33 pm

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