Falcons fly by Cardinals in season-opening sweep

Falcons fly by Cardinals in season-opening sweep

MEQUON, Wis. – An 11-1 scoring run in the opening set was all Concordia Wisconsin needed to get in a groove and eventually defeat Concordia Ann Arbor 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-21) in its season-opening.

THE BASICS
Final Score: Concordia Wisconsin 3, Concordia Ann Arbor 0
Location: R. John Buuck Field House (Mequon, Wis.)
Records: Concordia Wisconsin 1-0, Concordia Ann Arbor 0-9

QUOTING KAILY (MOEGENBURG) ERDMAN


HOW IT HAPPENED
- Sometimes it takes time at a beginning of a season to find a rhythm and Concordia Wisconsin needed just half of the opening set to take control. After trailing 9-7 to the Cardinals, they rattled off an 11-1 scoring run to blow the frame wide open and eventually win 25-17.
- The set second can be summarized by spurts of great play and times of needed improvement. What matters is the quality play that was enough for an 8-1 scoring run to take a 14-7 lead and never look back. The Falcons led the match 2-0 after taking the set 25-18.
- Concordia Wisconsin wanted nothing but a sweep, as it charged out of the gate to a 6-0 advantage in the final stanza and increased the lead as each point was added to the scoreboard. A Kelsey Kleba (Hartland, Wis.) kill slammed the door shut on an important match to begin the year.
- Sophomore Holly Anderson (Grant Park, Ill.) led all players with nine kills, while five of her teammates had four or more kills in the victory.
- Junior Mackenzie Wockenfus (Appleton, Wis.) and junior Haley Sedo (Neenah, Wis.) combined for 31 assists, while sophomore Megan Mayer (Downers Grove, Ill.) served a trio of aces.
- Seniors Lindsey Casper (Hubertus, Wis.) and Kaily (Moegenburg) Erdman finished with 13 and 12 digs, respectively. Senior Lauren Nevinski (New Berlin, Wis.) had three block assists.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The Falcons improved their record to 27-6 over the past three-plus seasons at home and 20 of those wins have come in a sweeping result.
- Concordia Wisconsin limited Concordia Ann Arbor to a dismal .010 attack percentage (24K-24E-98E).
- The Falcons are 4-0 in their last four matches of the Concordia Invitational Tournament.

THE OPPOSITION
- Alisha Anderson had a team-high seven kills, while Kylie Frank dished out 11 assists.
- Denae Tolu led the defensive efforts with 13 digs.

NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE
- The Falcons host Concordia Texas at 9 am on Saturday, along with Concordia Chicago at 3 pm inside the R. John Buuck Field House.

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