The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles Volleyball team ended another tough weekend falling to Northern State in three games this afternoon, 25-12, 25-13, 25-15. 

Northern State jumped out to a 5-1 lead to start the match.  UMC battled back to get within a 10-7 deficit after a Lauren Wallace kill.  Northern State responded with a 7-1 run for a 17-8 lead.  Northern State continued to dominate the rest of the set as they finished on an 8-4 run to cruise to a 25-12 victory for a 1-0. 

UMC had a good start to the second set and scored the first three points of the set with a kill from Lauren Wallace, a Natalie Koke service ace and a Wolves passing error a 3-0 lead.  Northern State battled back to tie the match at 4-4, 5, and 6.  UMC answered with three points including two kills and a Northern State attack error for a 9-6 lead.  A problem that has plagued UMC all season long is they give up a big run that costs them the match and this set was another perfect example.   Northern State went on a 14-2 run to take a 20-11 lead and they cruised to a 25-13 victory to take a 2-0 lead. 

Northern State took the momentum from the second set and built a 6-2 lead to start the third set.  The teams played even for a while and Northern State led 12-9 before they scored four points for a 16-9 lead.  The Golden Eagles responded with a 3-1 run before Northern State scored six straight points for a 23-12 lead.  UMC tried to mount a comeback with three straight points with two kills and a service ace, but Northern State scored two more points to win 25-15 for 3-0 match victory.

UMC lost both games this weekend and now have lost 11 in a row and are 1-15 on the year and 0-11 in the powerful Northern Sun Conference! Northern State made it a sweep on the weekend and raised their record to 12-7 overall and 7-4 in the conference. The Golden Eagles will be on the road next weekend traveling to Minot State on Friday night and then to Bismarck, N.D for a Saturday afternoon match with the University of Mary.

1 2 3
Northern State 25 25 25
UMC 12 13 15


For  Minnesota Crookston
Kills –  Mara Weisensel-9, Bailey Schaefer-8, Lauren Wallace-6
Blocks – Grace Arndorfer-1, Charlee Krieg-1, Mara Weisensel-1
Digs – Madison Klimek-8, Natalie Koke-7, Lauren Wallace-6
Assists – Natalie Koke-20
Aces – Natalie Koke-1, Bailey Mulcahy-1, Bojana Stekovic-1

Natalie Koke