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Volleyball starts season with 3-1 mark in Colorado

Mark Brown photo
Mark Brown photo

Volleyball/Colorado College Tournament, Day 2

St. Thomas def. North Central (Ill.), 25-13, 25-17, 25-12

Colorado College def. St. Thomas, 18-25, 26-24, 25-18, 25-18

St. Thomas threw a scare at No. 3-ranked Colorado College on Saturday in a road match but fell 3-1 to close out the trip to Colorado Springs with a 3-1 record. UST (3-1) topped North Central 3-0 to start the day.

The Tommies won the first set from CC and were one point away from taking a 2-0 lead. CC led the second set 23-17 but the Toms reeled off seven points for a 24-23 lead. The host team claimed the next three points for a 26-24 win and went on to win the third and fourth sets. Audrey Erickson had 10 kills to lead the Toms in that match.

Seniors Grace Bordson and Julia Spacek were named to the All-Tournament team.

St. Thomas plays four matches next weekend in the Augsburg tournament.


Volleyball/Colorado College Tournament, Day 1

St. Thomas def. Nebraska Wesleyan, 25-15, 25-9, 29-27

St. Thomas def. East Texas Baptist, 25-20, 25-14, 25-23

St. Thomas' 16-year volleyball coach Thanh Pham won his 400th match with the Tommies Friday on a 2-0 day for the Tommies (2-0) at the Colorado College tournament in Colorado Springs. Senior Julia Spacek led with 22 kills in a pair of 3-0 victories.

Pham (400-106) has guided St. Thomas to one NCAA championship and 11 MIAC crowns in his first 15 seasons, and 12 NCAA playoff berths in the last 13 seasons.