Bulldogs report: UMD volleyball goes the distance with SMSU and wins
In women's soccer, an 89th-minute goal lifted Bemidji State over UMD, 2-1.
Minnesota Duluth volleyball needed to call on several facets of an exceptionally diverse attack on Friday at Southwest Minnesota State.
Featuring four players with double-digit kill totals, the No. 9-ranked Bulldogs outlasted the No. 7 Mustangs in a 3-2 (25-17, 15-25, 25-21, 24-26, 15-9) Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference marathon on Friday in Marshall, Minnesota.
The Bulldogs weathered a big momentum shift, as they had and lost two chances to put the match away in four sets when the Mustangs won the last four points to force a fifth frame. UMD recovered to win the first four points in set five on two kills apiece from Samantha Paulsen and Grace Daak, and though the Mustangs responded with three of their own, UMD never trailed.
SMSU's Meg Schmidt had 18 kills to lead all attackers, but the next four highest totals came from Bulldogs: Paulsen had 14, Daak and Hope Schjenken 12 and Cianna Selbitschka 11. Madison Gordon dished out 46 assists.
On the defensive end, UMD had four players in double digits in digs, led by Kaylyn Madison's 16. Selbitschka added 14, Sydney Lanoue 13 (to go with her eight kills) and Gordon 12.
Schjenken had one block solo and eight block assists, while Paulsen had one block solo and six block assists.
UMD (14-1, 6-1 NSIC) continues its road trip with a 2 p.m. match at Sioux Falls on Saturday.
Late goal fells UMD
Minnesota Duluth was painfully close to stealing a point off defending NSIC champions Bemidji State on Friday at Malosky Stadium, but an 89th minute goal for the visitors netted all three points for the visitors in a 2-1 result.
BSU took the lead late in the first half through Megan Dahl, who followed up a free kick, but UMD equalized in the 70th minute on a goal from Eliana Marciano.
Each team put five shots on target, but Bemidji's last one, from Erin Becker, decided it with 1:24 to play. The Beavers' Sara Wendt took a sharp-angle shot that caromed off the far goalpost directly into the center of the penalty area for Becker to pounce on it.
Jennifer Norris made three saves for UMD (3-5-2, 2-3-2 NSIC), which will try to end a four-game winless streak on Sunday afternoon vs. Minnesota Crookston.