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Bulldogs report: UMD volleyball drops battle of ranked teams

UMD women's soccer unable to end losing streak.

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No. 5 Wayne State downed No. 16 Minnesota Duluth 28-26, 25-19, 19-25, 25-17 Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in their NSIC opener at Romano Gym.

Wayne State entered Romano Gym ranked No. 5 in the country in Division II volleyball and showed why, defeating 16th-ranked Minnesota Duluth 3-1 (28-26, 25-19, 19-25, 25-17) on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opener for both teams.

The visitors had half the number of attack errors (13 to 26) as UMD and had a .253 to .189 hitting percentage advantage to match. This neutralized UMD's advantage in kills (60-55), blocks (6-5) and digs (84-65).

Taya Beller, Jazlin DeHaan and Kelsie Cada had 14 kills apiece to lead the Wildcats (7-1, 1-0 NSIC). Cada added 17 digs, one of three Wildcats with at least 12.

For UMD, four players had at least nine kills, led by Cianna Selbitschka's 16. Summer Ballard added 15 kills and Grace Daak 10. Madison Gordon posted 48 assists. Defensively, Sydney Lanoue had a team-leading 28 digs. Selbitschka added 19 and Kate Berg 17.

UMD (7-2, 0-1 NSIC) hosts Augustana on Saturday.

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College soccer
Minot State 2, UMD 0

Sofia Lewis scored two goals and Maddi Kindred had the five-save shutout to lead the Beavers to victory in their NSIC opener before 255 at Malosky Stadium in Duluth.

Lewis opened the scoring at 8:56 in the first half but didn’t score again until almost 80 minutes later, scoring an insurance goal at 87:41 in the second half for Minot State (2-2 overall, 1-0 NSIC).

Sophia Grenz had four saves for the Bulldogs (0-4, 0-1), who lost their fourth straight despite finishing with a 14-13 advantage in shots.

UMD hosts Mary at noon Sunday at Malosky Stadium.

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