Not So Nice 19

Brianna Carney (L) and Haley Cuppett combined for 22 kills in the Cobbers' match with St. Olaf.
Brianna Carney (L) and Haley Cuppett combined for 22 kills in the Cobbers' match with St. Olaf.

MOORHEAD, Minn. (10/21/17)---Less than 20 hours after pulling off their biggest win of the season, Concordia couldn't duplicate their late-set magic and lost 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 28-26) to St. Olaf.

The Cobbers had leads in all three sets when they had 19 points but couldn't come up with a finishing kick and had their two-match win streak come to an end. CC led 19-18 in the first set and then 19-17 in the second and third sets and wound up losing all three sets. Concordia also had four set points in the third but couldn't come up with a finishing steak.
Concordia is now 6-14 in all matches and 3-6 in the MIAC. St. Olaf salvages a split in their two MIAC matches over the weekend and is now 20-9 in all matches and 6-3 in league play.

The Cobbers trailed for a majority of the opening set but then went on a 6-3 run to take a  19-18 lead. The Oles then closed with a 7-2 streak to take the set 25-21.

Concordia led for the entire second set until they reached the dubious 19-point mark. CC held a 19-17 lead but then gave up an 8-2 run and lost by an identical 25-21 score.

In the third set the Cobbers held leads of 10-5 and then 14-9 before St. Olaf rallied to tie the set at 15-15. CC then gained the dreaded 19-17 lead and kept a two-point advantage until the 24-22 mark. A pair of kills by the Oles evened the score at 24-24. Brianna Carney put down a winner for the Cobbers to give CC their third set point at 25-24. The Oles countered with a kill of their own and then Haley Cuppett staked Concordia to their fourth set point at 26-24. Unfortunately for the Cobbers that would be their final point of the match as they gave up three straight points and lost26-24.

Concordia hit over .130 in the first and third sets and finished with a team attack percentage of .132 for the match. St. Olaf had a match-high .342 attack percentage in the first set and hit .205 for the three sets.

Concordia held a slight 44-42 edge in kills and also had 10 more digs than the Oles but St. Olaf was solid at the net and came away with seven more team bocks.

Cuppett and Carney were the only two Cobber players with more than nine kills. Cuppett had a team-high 12 winners while Carney added 10. Carney also had a team-high three blocks.

Freshman Lexi Turn had one of her best matches of the year. She had team-highs in assists and digs. She finished the match with 19 assists and a career-high 17 digs.

Faith Anderson had nine kills and 12 digs.

WHAT'S NEXT: Concordia will finish out the regular season by hosting St. Catherine on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. and then travel to St. Joseph to take on St. Benedict on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m.