Undefeated at UCCS Classic

Originally Published: September 10, 2008

The Southwest Minnesota State University Mustangs volleyball team went undefeated at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Classic this weekend, going 4-0 against some tough opponents.

The Mustangs’ most impressive match was against in-state opponent Minnesota-Duluth, sweeping the eighth ranked Bulldogs in three sets (27-25, 25-22, 25-21) on Saturday morning.
Although the Bulldogs are also in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, this match does not count towards the conference standings but will count towards the Mustangs’ regional record.

Senior Kasey Loeslie led SMSU with a match-high 13 kills. Freshman Devin Diedrich was not far behind, recording 12 kills. Three other Mustangs had at least five kills. Junior setter Sara Graf recorded 37 set assists in the match and also led the Mustangs with four blocks. Senior libero Sarah Quiram was impressive on defense, leading the Mustangs with a match-high 15 digs.

Southwest’s second match on Saturday was against Adams State College. In a grueling back and forth battle, the Mustangs were able to win the match, needing all five sets to do so (25-19, 22-25, 25-27, 23-25, 15-5). The Grizzlies of ASC were coming off an upset victory over the eighth ranked Bulldogs the previous night.

Quiram led the Mustangs with a match-high 23 digs. The offense used a well-balanced attack with senior Laura Hegerle, freshman Devin Diedrich, and Loeslie recording 15, 14 and 11 kills, respectively. Diedrich’s output was a career high. SMSU opened the fifth set on a 12-2 run and carried that momentum to take the final set 15-5 and the match 3-2.

The Mustangs will travel to St. Paul this weekend to take part in the Concordia University Radisson-Roseville Tournament Friday and Saturday on the campus of Concordia University-St. Paul. SMSU will then open NSIC play on Tuesday at Wayne State College before their home opener on Sept. 20 against Minnesota State University, Mankato.

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