Eagles Edge Cougars In Five-Set Thriller From St. Paul 12 Oct 17

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VOLLEYBALL
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Morris gave No. 7 Northwestern all they could handle before falling to the Eagles in a thrilling back-and-forth five-set match (25-14, 20-25, 15-25, 25-21, 10-15) in UMAC volleyball action Wednesday night in St. Paul.

The Cougars were not intimidated playing on the home court of the nationally-ranked conference opponent. They got into an early rhythm and took the first set 25-14. Trailing 8-7, newcomers Rachel Mathias and Mia Frick were catalysts in a 7-1 spurt that gave UMM a 14-9 edge. Mathias drilled two kills and Frick added a kill and a service ace. Marissa Ekness delivered two kills in a 4-0 run to put UMM up 18-11. Frick and Morgan Miller closed out a 6-0 with block assists to end the set.

Minnesota Morris got out to a 13-7 lead in the second set before Northwestern rallied to take the set, 25-20. The Eagles would win the third, 25-15.

The Cougars would not go out quietly though. Trailing 11-7 in the fourth, UMM put together a five-point spurt to take a 12-11 edge. Later, tied at 19, the Cougars rattled off four straight to take command at 23-19. A kill from Layne Herrmann made it 24-20 and, two points later, Miller sent the match to a fifth set with a kill down the line.

Back-to-back blocks from Miller and Herrmann then Miller and Frick put UMM up 3-1 in the decisive set. Later, with UMM up 4-3, UNW scored nine of the next 10 points to take a 12-5 lead. The Cougars would pull within four at 13-9, but the Eagles would close out the set to take the match in five.

The Cougars were able to take Northwestern to five sets due to the defensive pressure they put on their top performers. Reigning UMAC and national player of the year, Lindsey Peterson, came into the contest third in the nation in kills per set at 4.99; UMM held her to 12 kills over five sets (2.4/set). Mariah Halvorsen was also kept under her season average.

Ekness led the Cougars with 17 kills and also had 10 digs. Frick had 10 kills and six blocks. Miller totaled nine kills and blocks. Herrmann amassed 37 assists and Katie Reitsma led with 25 digs.

Minnesota Morris (20-6, 10-2 in UMAC) returns home to face St. Scholastica and Concordia-Moorhead Friday night at 5 p.m. at the PE Center.

MEN’S SOCCER
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Northwestern scored three times in the first half en route to defeating Minnesota Morris, 4-0 in UMAC men’s soccer action Wednesday in St. Paul.

All three first half goals for Northwestern came off the foot of Josiah Donat. He tallied scores in the 10th, 29th, and 38th minutes.

Taylor Modaff closed out the scoring in the 56th minute. Cody Christ made eight saves in net for the Cougars. UMM was outshot 22-16.

Minnesota Morris (6-7-1, 4-3-1) next plays Saturday home to St. Scholastica at 3:15 p.m. at the Cougar Soccer Field.

WOMEN’S SOCCER
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Morris scored the first two goals, but Northwestern tallied the final four as the Cougars dropped a 4-2 contest to the Eagles Wednesday in UMAC women’s soccer action.

Senior Molly Hancuh gave UMM the early multi-goal lead. She scored in the 23rd minute off a helper from Sam Tate. She added to the lead in the 31st minute off a feed from Yu Ito to give UMM a 2-0 lead on conference-leading Northwestern.

Northwestern cut the deficit in half only 20 seconds after Hancuh’s second goal on a Linley Norman goal and the score would remain 2-1 going into halftime.

The Eagles put the pressure on the Cougars at the onset of the second half. Goals in the 49th, 52nd, and 63rd minutes would put UNW on top.

Megan Tschida faced a lot of shots and made a season-high 14 saves. The Eagles outshot the Cougars 29-13 and held a 20-9 advantage in shots on goal.

Minnesota Morris (6-6-1, 4-3-1 in UMAC) returns home to face St. Scholastica Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Cougar Soccer Field.