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Kelly Foley and Jill Greenfield (Elly Neisius photo)
Kelly Foley and Jill Greenfield (Elly Neisius photo)

St. Thomas will play host to an eight-team NCAA Volleyball Regional tournament, Nov. 13-15 at Schoenecker Arena.

Tickets per day are $7 for adults and $4 for students.

The winner of the three-day, single-elimination tourney advances to the eight-team Division III nationals.

Four Minnesota teams will be joined by two Iowa entrants and one team each from Wisconsin and Nebraska.

Five teams that competed at UST in this event in 2013 are back, including last year's champion UW-Stevens Point.

Tournament Schedule

 

Thursday

Match 1: Northwestern-St. Paul (24-10) def. Nebraska Wesleyan (22-7), 3-1

(25-22, 23-25, 25-21, 25-20

The eighth-seed Eagles (24-10) got 23 digs an 15 kills from Lindsey Peterson and 15 kills at a .316 clip plus six blocks by Faith Vander Galien in a quarterfinal round win over top-seed Nebraska Wesleyan (22-7). It was first loss to a Division III opponent for the Prairie Wolves. For Wesleyan, Katelyn Walsh had 13 kills, hit .448 and added eight digs; Alyssa Stanek had 12 kills and eight blocks. Northwestern advances to Friday's 4:30 p.m. semifinal vs. Cornell.

Northwestern-Nebraska Wesleyan box score

 

Match 2.: Cornell (Iowa) (25-6) def. Augsburg (23-6), 3-1

(25-18, 25-20, 19-25, 25-21)

The fourth-seeded Rams (25-6) hit .270 and recorded nine service aces in a defeat of fifth-seed Augsburg (23-6). It was Cornell's first NCAA playoff win in program history. Diamond Boyd had 13 kills; Taylor Dicus had 12 kills and hit .435; and Mariah Brandly had 14 digs and four aces. Colleen Ourada closed her career with 16 kills and 14 digs, and Ashley Peper added 12 kills and three blocks.

Cornell-Augsburg box score

 

Match 3: UW-Stevens Point (30-4) def. St. Benedict (21-10), 3-0

(25-20, 25-21, 25-22)

The Pointers reached 30 wins with a balanced effort. Tiffany Stargardt had 10 kills and 14 digs; Emma Brunkhorst had 13 kills and hit .333; and Alexis Hartman had 30 assists and 14 digs. The Blazers got eight kills from Lexi Rinde, 15 digs and seven kills from Laura Schmitt and 26 assists and 17 digs from Taya Kockelman.

Stevens Point-St. Ben's box score

 

Match 4: Coe (Iowa) (29-8) def. St. Thomas (24-7), 3-1

(21-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-22

The unranked Kohawks got 20 kills and nine digs from Rachel Schaefer and hit .255 in the final two games to hold off No. 8-ranked St. Thomas and claim the first NCAA playoff win in program history. Jill Greenfield had 19 kills and 22 digs and Taylor Lewis had 12 kills and 17 digs for UST, which lost an NCAA first-round playoff match for the first time in six seasons.

Coe-St. Thomas box score

 

Friday

Cornell (Iowa) (26-6) def. Northwestern-St. Paul (24-11), 3-1

(25-23, 25-22, 17-25, 25-16)

The Rams advanced to the regional title match with two early comebacks and a strong night in blocking. Cornell rallied from a 21-16 deficit in set one to win 25-23, and agains from 21-16 defciit to win set two 25-22. Diamond Boyd has 12 kills and six blocks to lead a balanced attack. UNWP freshman Lindsey Peterson had 19 kills and 19 digs for the Eagles.

 

Match 6: UW-Stevens Point def. Coe, 3-0

(25-17, 25-21, 25-11)

 

Saturday

Championship: UW-Stevens Point def. Cornell (Iowa), 3-2

(17-25, 25-20, 25-19, 19-25, 15-11)

Pointers (32-4) repeats as region champions.. UWSP breaks to leads of 4-0 and 9-4 in decisive fifth set. Cornell pulls within 13-11 but Point scores final two points to close out title.

 

All-Tournament Team

MVP: Alexis Hartman, UWSP

Emma Brunkhorst, UWSP

Katie Sickelka, Cornell

Kylea Weber, Cornell

Rachel Schaefer, Coe

Lindsey Peterson, Northwestern

Jill Greenfield, St. Thomas

 

Links

Live Stats for All Matches

Saturday Live Video (click on link, hit Watch, hit Stevens Point vs. Cornell at bottom right)

NCAA D-III Volleyball Online Championships Program

D-III Regional Previews/Links

 

Team Notes

Northwestern

Nebraska Wesleyan

Augsburg

Cornell

St. Benedict

UW-Stevens Point

Coe

St. Thomas