MOORHEAD, Minn. (9/23/17)--- The final score will show that Concordia fell 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-13) to Augsburg but the match outcome was determined in a matter of 10 minutes and five points.
The Cobbers led the Auggies 23-20 in the first set and were poised to take a 1-0 lead in the match. Unfortunately for CC, Augsburg rattled off five straight points to win 25-23, take control of the match and send Concordia reeling from the missed opportunity.
The loss drops the Cobbers' MIAC record under .500 at 1-2. CC is 3-8 in all matches. Augsburg wins for the fourth straight match and is now 11-3 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
Concordia showed little signs of their youth in the first set when they went on a 11-5 run to turn a 4-4 tie into a 15-9 lead which would be their biggest lead in the set. The Auggies narrowed the gap to 18-17 but then the Cobbers won the next two points and held a three-point advantage until the decisive 23-20 score.
The second set was settled at the end as well as the Auggies won five of the final eight points to win 25-22. Concordia stood tall after dropping the heartbreaking opening set and rallied from an 18-12 deficit to get to within a point at 20-19.
The third set was over in the first 11 points as Augsburg used a strong service game to take an 11-0 lead. The good news for Concordia is that they were able to outscore the Auggies 13-12 for the remainder of the final set.
Concordia hit .042 for the match as compared to .258 for Augsburg. The Cobbers' high water mark came in the second set when they hit .156.
Haley Cuppett had nine kills and six digs to lead the Cobbers. She hit .1Co07 for the match. Brianna Carney had a team-high .455 attack percentage. Lexi Turn and Jill Klaphake combined for 24 assists with Turn coming away with 13.
CONCORDIA vs. AUGSBURG HIGHLIGHTS
WHAT'S NEXT: Concordia will have a week to practice their end game before heading out on the road for the annual conference back-to-back weekend road matches. The Cobbers will play at Carleton on Friday, Sept. 29 and then travel south to take on St. Mary's on Saturday, Sept. 30.