MOORHEAD, Minn. (10/27/10)-- Concordia almost had history repeat itself on Wednesday against Augsburg. Last year the Cobbers won the first two games but then watched the Auggies roar back to take the next three and win 3-2. On Wednesday Concordia won the first two games handily but then had Augsburg come from nowhere to win the next two and force a fifth game. Fortunately for the Cobbers they were able to right the ship and dispatch Augsburg with a 15-4 win in the final game.
The 25-17, 25-15, 23-25, 16-25, 15-4 win helps Concordia secure the No.3 seed in the upcoming MIAC playoffs. The Cobbers will host the No.6 seed on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. CC is now 22-5 in all matches and 8-2 in conference play. Augsburg has their playoff hopes take a turn for the worse. They are now 5-6 in league play and will have to wait until Saturday to find out if they earn the final spot in the league playoffs. The Auggies have their overall fall to 15-14 on the year.
The Cobbers trailed briefly in both of the first games but then went on big runs midway through both and came away with big wins. The match changed in the third game when the Auggies got off to a 5-1 start and then kept CC at bay until the stretch when they scored four of the final seven points to record the 25-23 win. The fourth game was all Augsburg as they went on a 12-3 run after the game was tied at 13-13. Concordia would have none of the "history repeating itself" cliché in the fifth game. The Cobbers rattled off the first five points, bolted to a 9-2 lead and then finished off by winning the final four points.
Concordia had a .210 attack percentage for the match as opposed to .124 for the Auggies. The Cobbers also had seven service aces and seven total team blocks.
Katie Vohnoutka had a match-high 17 kills for Concordia and fellow junior Jenna Green came away with a team-high 22 digs to go along with 11 kills. Green also had a match-high 51 attack chances. Freshman Allison Bruggeman had eight kills and 11 digs while Amy Sykora came away with 25 assists. Ashley Beseman had six blocks.
Katie Christiansen led Augsburg with 16 winners.
Katelyn Berns had a match-high 23 digs and Emily Mccourt posted another 40-assist match as she had 42 helpers in the five games.
The Cobbers will host St. Ben's in the final regular season match of the year on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 3 p.m.