MEQUON, Wis. – Concordia University Wisconsin controlled the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference match from start to finish on Wednesday night, as it snapped an eight-match losing streaking with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-13, 25-16) victory over MSOE inside the R. John Buuck Field House.
CUW (3-8, 1-1 NACC) built a double-digit lead in each of the final two sets and never trailed in the match. The Falcons put together multiple scoring runs of at least five points, including a nine-point stretch midway through the second frame to take all the momentum.
Junior Hannah Griffiths (Antigo, Wis.) led all players with 12 digs, while junior Carley Valentine (De Pere, Wis.) recorded seven kills, 11 assists and nine digs. Freshman Karina Klotz (Hubertus, Wis.) assisted on 14 kills and dug nine attack attempts.
Sarabeth Haworth led MSOE (4-8, 0-2 NACC) with six kills and 10 digs. Maria Bintz and Rachel Lynde each had five kills, and Ali Borrelli assisted on 14 kills.
There were six scoring ties, all coming in the early stages of the scoring for each set.
The Falcons built a 15-9 lead in the opening frame behind a pair of Griffiths kills, however, the Raiders responded to get within a point, 18-17. After several MSOE errors, Eggebrecht added a kill to push the advantage back to five points. Griffiths ended the set with a kill to give CUW a 1-0 set lead.
Freshman Rachel Hamilton (Rockton, Ill.) was the highlight of the second set after she served nine-consecutive points, including a pair of service aces. With her help the Falcons built an 18-6 lead, their largest of the match. Griffiths and Valentine added multiple kills down the stretch to put CUW in front 2-0.
The Falcons outside hitting was much stronger than in previous matches, evident by the third set when 7-of-10 kills were recorded by the combination of Griffiths, Valentine and senior Ashley Faber (Kewaskum, Wis.). CUW had 12-point leads on numerous occasions in the final frame.
CUW returns to play on Friday when it travels to the Ripon College Redhawk Invitational. Matches against St. Norbert College and St. Mary's University are scheduled on Friday at 6 and 8 p.m., respectively. Matches on Saturday are set for 12 and 2 p.m. against Lakeland College and Ripon College.