NO. 6 UMD MAKES QUICK WORK OF WINONA STATE
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Perhaps none of the 23 opponents slated to face the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2012 have more trouble when squaring off against the Bulldogs than Winona State University. The Warriors struggled against UMD again on Saturday, as the Bulldogs put on a dominant performance in a 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-11) rout to improve to 67-1 in the all-time series between the two programs.
"I thought we were sharp in every facet of the game. From serving and blocking to defending and on offense, it was just overall a really good match for us," Bulldog head coach Jim Boos said.
No. 6 UMD (21-2 overall, 12-2 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) blitzed the Warriors in the middle portion of the opening frame, breaking open a 13-10 game with an 8-1 run. Winona State responded by claiming the next two points, but the Bulldogs quickly ended the set after taking a timeout with their lead trimmed to 21-15. UMD came back with more of the same in the second game, holding the Warriors to an attack percentage of .030 while posting a combined 14 kills on offense on the legs of a .414 hitting percentage for the set.
The Bulldogs breezed to their 15th sweep of the season by limiting Winona State to 11 points in the third set. UMD hit a season-high .430 for the match behind freshman setter Ashley Hinsch, who dished out 37 assists (12.33 per set) and added three kills on four attempts. The Bulldogs held the Warriors to an attack percentage of .038 and 27 kills on the afternoon.
Junior All-American outside hitter Kate Lange had her way on the attack, racking up 14 kills on 28 swings (.393) and adding five digs. Senior middle blocker Kalli Lochner posted eight kills, combining with Lange for 22 of UMD's 45 terminations (82 percent). Defensively, sophomore libero Julie Rainey scooped a match-high 22 digs to lead the Bulldog back row, while freshman outside hitter Mariah Scharf came away with a career-high five blocks.
"Our young kids are maturing," said a satisfied Boos, who now sits 10 wins shy of reaching 300 for his career (290-54 in 10-plus seasons). "We seemed to come out really focused and intent on playing a sharp game."
UMD will be back on the road next weekend, when the Bulldogs travel to Minnesota State University-Moorhead and Northern State University on Friday and Saturday.
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