MOORHEAD, Minn. (10/16/17)---Concordia trailed only once in their final non-conference match of the season and swept Valley City St. 25-22, 25-13, 25-17.
The Cobbers used a strong serve and receive game to snap a three-match losing skid. Concordia is now 5-13 overall. The Vikings lose for only the second time in the last six matches and fall to 11-9 on the year.
"We did a great job returning serve," said Concordia head coach Tim Mosser. "That helped us not give up big streaks of points and kept our offense in rhythm all match long."
Concordia trailed for a single point in the first set. After bolting to a 5-1 lead the Cobbers watched as the Vikings rallied to win six of the next seven points to grab their only lead of the night at 7-6. CC was able to respond with a point streak of their own to turn the 7-6 deficit into a 14-8 lead. The Cobbers would still hold a six-point lead at 21-15 before Valley City closed to within two points at 22-20. The teams then traded points to give the Cobbers a 25-22 win.
The Cobbers sprinted out of the gates in both the second and third sets and didn't let Valley City back into the match. Concordia went out to an 8-2 lead in the second set and didn't let the Vikings get to within six points after the score was 13-7 in the Cobbers' favor.
The third set was almost a carbon copy of the second. CC got out to an 8-2 lead and didn't let the Vikings get any momentum and make an extended run.
Concordia hit better than .150 in all three sets and finished with a .219 attack percentage. Their best set came in the second when they hit .257. The Cobber defense kept Valley City in check all match long. The Vikings hit -.025 for the match and didn't have an attack percentage of higher than .000 in any set.
The Cobbers held a 34-23 edge in kills and a 65-56 advantage in digs.
Concordia junior Haley Cuppett led all players with nine winners. She hit .200 in the match. CC had three players with five kills each. Emily Friedrich, Brianna Carney and Faith Anderson all had a quintet of winners. Anderson led the Cobbers with a .235 attack mark.
Stephanie Baker and Philadelphia native Casey Coste both had a match-high 13 digs to lead the Cobber defense.
Jill Klaphake had 16 assists and Lexi Turn added 11 helpers. Freshman Alicia Louters came away with a team-high two blocks.
WHAT'S NEXT: Concordia will host its annual home-and-home conference doubleheader this weekend. The Cobbers will square off against Gustavus on Friday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. and then host St. Olaf on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m.
CONCORDIA vs. VALLEY CITY ST. HIGHLIGHTS: