MOORHEAD, Minn. (10/08/10)--No.20-ranked Concordia took control of their match with Carleton in the final points of game 1 and never let up on the gas as they cruised to a 3-0 (26-24, 25-22, 25-13) win over the Knights in Moorhead on Friday. The win is the 11th in the past 12 matches for CC and is their fifth straight.
The Cobbers move into a tie for first place in the MIAC standings as they move to 4-1 in conference play. That record ties CC with St. Olaf, St. Thomas and St. Mary's. Concordia is now 17-4 overall.
Concordia trailed 21-20 in the opening game against Carleton and it looked like the Knights had momentum on their side as the teams headed into the critical stretch of the match. The Cobbers responded by winning four of the next five points and then the final two after Carleton tied the game at 24-24.
The Cobbers then bolted to an 11-1 lead in the second game and it looked like the Knights were going to roll over and go down quickly. Carleton was able to get back in the second game after they went on a 13-6 run to get back to within two points after CC had grabbed a 17-8 lead. The Cobbers once again came up with the killer instinct and won two of the final three points.
The two uphill battles took their toll on the Knights in the final game. The Cobbers once again broke quickly and climbed to an 11-2 lead. However, unlike the second game, Carleton had no answer as they had used up all their energy in the first two games. CC then rolled to a 25-13 win to put the match away.
Jenna Green led the Cobber front line. Green had team highs in kills (14) and digs (13) to record her 12th double-double of the year. Katie Vohnoutka added 12 kills and 12 digs to give the top 2 Concordia attackers a combined 26 kills and 25 digs. Vohnoutka chipped in four blocks and now leads the team with 56 total blocks.
Amy Sykora had a match-high 30 assists and also recorded eight digs.
Carleton (9-10/1-5 MIAC) was led by Kelly Lovett who had a team-high 11 kills. She was the only Knight player with more than four kills on the night. Beth Jarrett and Maddy Lenhard had 10 assists each and Erin Anderson came away with 15 digs.
Concordia will have less than 24 hours to prepare for No.24-ranked St. Mary's. The Cobbers will host the Cardinals on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 3 p.m.