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Eric Peterson, Published October 21 2011

Cobbers sweep Gustavus and set school volleyball record

MOORHEAD – Concordia broke a school record Friday night that had stood for more than two decades.

The No. 9-ranked Cobbers rolled to a 25-18, 27-25, 25-17 sweep against Gustavus in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference volleyball at Memorial Auditorium.

With the sweep, the Cobbers have won 24 consecutive sets during an eight-match winning streak. The previous team record was 22 in row in 1988. Concordia hasn’t lost a set since Sept. 21, a 3-2 loss at Bethel.

“That’s awesome, but just going off that we want more,” Cobbers senior outside hitter Jenna Green said. “We want more this season.”

The Cobbers (20-3, 7-1 MIAC) clinched a spot in the MIAC playoffs for an 11th consecutive season. Concordia has won at least 20 matches in eight of its last 10 seasons.

“We are trying to get sweeps,” Cobbers senior middle hitter Katie Vohnoutka said. “That is a goal to not drop a set to any team.”

The Cobbers moved into a tie for first place in the MIAC with three matches remaining in the regular season, all against conference opponents.

Gustavus (18-8, 5-3) pushed the Cobbers in the second set. The Gusties trailed 19-13 at one point, but rallied to tie the score four times at 22, 23, 24 and 25.

Concordia, however, never gave up the lead. Green ended the set with a kill that gave the Cobbers a 27-25 victory. Cobbers head coach Tim Mosser liked the resolved his team showed in that second set.

“The idea is no matter what the score is, no matter how tight it is, we’re going to pull through. That gives us great confidence,” Mosser said. “Those are the kind of sets you have to win if you are going to win conference championships.”

Mosser said having four seniors like Green, Vohnoutka, setter Amy Sykora and middle hitter Ashley Beseman especially shows up in those close sets against quality teams.

“It’s vital,” Mosser said. “As we play these better teams, they are going to make adjustments on the fly we can’t take timeouts for. It’s invaluable to have that experience, that confidence and that ability to adjust.”

Green paced the Cobbers with 12 kills and also added 11 digs.

“I just think it’s our focus and determination right now,” Green said. “We have a long-term goal, and we want to reach that. This is just preparing us for playoffs.”

GUSTAVUS (kills-blocks-aces): Noennig 1-0-0 (28 assists), Gilman 6-0-0, Ahrendt 8-2-0, Grill 2-1-0, Warren 12-1-1, Phillips 3-1-0, Beacher 0-0-0, Boerboom 0-0-0, Sherman 1-0-0, Ness 0-0-1, Breneman 0-0-0 (21 digs), Nosan 0-0-0.

CONCORDIA: Green 12-0-0, Vohnoutka 7-3-0, Sykora 1-0-3 (27 assists), Reed 4-1-0, Beseman 7-0-0, Bruggeman 2-2-0, Loomis 0-0-0, Hampton 1-0-0, Wiinanen 0-0-0 (18 assists), Ross 0-0-0, Anderson 0-0-0.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.

Peterson’s blog can be found at peterson.areavoices.com