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US, O’Leary qualify for playoffs

Margie Smith’s Team USA women’s rink advanced to the playoffs Monday at the World Senior Curling Championships in Dumfries, Scotland.

Smith (St. Paul) and teammates Norma O’Leary (Silver Bay), Debbie Dexter (St. Paul) and Shelly Kosal (Edgerton, Wis.) trailed by two points in the eighth end against Slovakia’s Elena Jancarikova rink, but scored three points with the last stone for an 8-7 win. That victory pushes the Americans’ record to 6-0 with one game left to play today in the round-robin competition.

The U.S. already has qualified for Wednesday’s semifinals.


UMD’s challenging schedule released

Minnesota Duluth’s 2014 volleyball schedule was unveiled Monday, and the Bulldogs’ slate features some of the nation’s best teams, including the top three from last year’s final American Volleyball Coaches Association poll.

At the Colorado Premier Tournament in mid-

September, the Bulldogs will play the University of Tampa and Brigham Young University-Hawaii, who were ranked 2-3, respectively, at the end of 2013.

UMD, ranked No. 4 in last season’s final poll, hosts defending national champion Concordia-St. Paul on Oct. 11 and plays at the Golden Bears on Nov. 4. Playing in a loaded Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, the Bulldogs return five seniors, including 2013 NSIC defensive player of the year Julie Raine.

UMD opens the season Sept. 4 at Northern Michigan.


UMD’s Miller defends NSIC heptathlon title

Minnesota Duluth junior Chanel Miller successfully defended her Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference outdoor heptathlon title at the league meet Monday in Aberdeen, S.D.

Miller was fourth through four events entering Monday, but she finished second in the long jump, won the javelin toss with a throw of 37.86 meters and placed fourth in the 800-meter run to give her 4,769 points, five more than Sioux Falls’ Katlyn Sawtelle, who was second. Miller’s teammate, Amelia Maher, was fourth with 4,368 points. Maher won the 800 in a time of 2:31.56.

-- In the men’s meet, UMD sophomore James Ryan came in third in the decathlon. He ended the two-day event with 5,374 points after winning the shot put title (10.79 meters) and finishing second in both the 100-meter dash (11.58 seconds) and the 110-meter high hurdles (15.88).


UWS wraps up tough series in La Crosse

Wisconsin-Superior’s hot start in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference cooled off quickly over the weekend as the Yellowjackets were swept Sunday by Wisconsin-La Crosse for the second time in as many days.

The Eagles got things started by winning the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader 13-3 thanks to 11 runs in innings 4-7. Taylor Kohlwey had four of La Crosse’s 14 hits, while Alex Cordova and Seth Feldman combined for six hits and five RBIs.

Game 2 didn’t go much better for the visitors as the Yellowjackets (16-13 overall, 7-9 WIAC) stumbled to an 18-5 defeat. The Eagles (19-13, 11-6) pounded out 18 hits and outscored UWS 53-17 over the teams’ four weekend games.

The Yellowjackets entered the four-game set in second place in the conference. They now reside in fifth with six games to play.


Season ends for UWS in sweep

Road-weary Wisconsin-Superior ended its season by being outscored 30-6 in a doubleheader sweep Sunday at Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

The Yellowjackets gave up 10 runs in the sixth inning of the opener, in which the Titans totaled 11 extra-base hits, including a school-record nine doubles.

Tess Fadness’ three-run homer keyed a nine-run fifth inning in the nightcap as Oshkosh (23-9 overall, 11-3 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) pulled away. Kristen Haider had two hits for the Yellowjackets (20-17, 3-13), who ended the season with eight road games in five days. They didn’t play a single home contest this spring.


St. Scholastica wins 16th straight

St. Scholastica capped a historic regular season by winning its 16th straight match Tuesday, 9-0 over Minnesota Morris at Quad Cities Tennis in Virginia.

The Saints streak into the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference tournament without a single setback in conference singles or doubles matches, the first time that’s happened since 2009. St. Scholastica also matched last year’s program record of 20 victories Tuesday.

The Saints (20-3 overall, 10-0 UMAC) play either Morris or Martin Luther in the UMAC semifinals Friday night in Minneapolis.