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Volleyball Gets Big Win at CSS

last modified 2012-10-26 09:27 PM

DULUTH, Minn. - The MLC volleyball team came from behind to beat St. Scholastica Friday night in five sets by the scores of 22-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-23 and 15-11 to move into a third place tie in the conference standings with one day left in the regular season.

Volleyball Gets Big Win at CSS

Rebecca Engelbrecht (left) and Leah Nass (right) came up big in a 3-2 win at CSS

Trailing 2-1 in the match, the Knights found themselves in trouble late in the fourth set behind the Saints 22-19. MLC would storm back, however, with kills from Heather Danell, Rachel Larson and Rachel Hein to win six of the final seven points of the set and force a fifth set.

CSS jumped out to a small lead early in the fifth set, but the Knights broke open a 9-9 game with five straight points to take a commanding lead they would hold to get the win.

With much of the attention geared to stop Rebecca Engelbrecht, MLC middle hitters Leah Nass and Hein had a major impact. Nass finished with 17 kills and an attack percentage of .467 after committing only one hitting error in the match, while Hein finished with 15 kills and a .400 attack percentage. Hein and Nass also finished with and seven and five blocks, respectively.

Engelbrecht was still a factor on the attack, finishing with 15 kills, and also had a huge impact on the defensive end as she led the team in both digs (23) and blocks (eight).

Miranda Maasz finished with a match-high 55 assists and also added four kills and ten digs. Alex Anthon had 20 digs from her libero position.

With the win, MLC improved to 15-11 overall and 9-4 in the UMAC, while CSS dropped to 15-12 on the season and 10-3 in league play. The Saints remain in second place in the conference standings, one game ahead of both Minnesota-Morris and MLC. The Knights hold the tie-breaker over UMM, meaning MLC would clinch the third seed in the tournament with a win Saturday at Northland.

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