College volleyball: No. 6 UMD edges No. 7 St. Cloud State in five sets

Bulldogs have won three straight since dropping first match of the season.

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ST. CLOUD — Grace Daak had 15 kills and Cianna Selbitschka had 14 to lead sixth-ranked Minnesota Duluth to a 3-2 (25-23, 25-23, 18-25, 17-25, 15-10) victory over St. Cloud State in NSIC volleyball Tuesday night before 611 at Halenbeck Hall.

Sydney Lanoue added 11 kills and 14 digs for the Bulldogs (16-1 overall, 8-1 NSIC), who have won three straight since dropping their first match of the season to top-ranked Wayne State Sept. 24 at Romano Gym in Duluth.

UMD has followed that 3-0 loss with a 3-2 victory at then-No. 7 Southwest Minnesota State, a 3-0 win at Sioux Falls and now Tuesday’s win over the Huskies.

“That was a tremendous road swing we just went through,” Bulldogs coach Jim Boos said. “To come out with three wins and have two of them be five setters against top 10 teams — wow. I’m proud of the fight and grit this team is showing.”

Daak and Hope Schjenken led up front with five blocks apiece while setter Madison Gordon turned in an unusual stat line, with 53 set assists to go along with 15 digs and four blocks. Kaylyn Madison topped the defense with 16 digs.


Linsey Rachel had 18 kills, 13 digs and two blocks, Phebie Rossi had 17 kills and nine blocks and Kenzie Foley had 13 kills and 20 digs to lead the Huskies (14-3, 6-3).

UMD returns home for its “Pink Game” to raise breast cancer awareness at 6 p.m. Friday against Winona State.

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