The Golden Eagles used strong defense with 84 defensive digs and 7.5 total team blocks in the match to hold the Laker's to a .165 (56K-27E-176TA) team attack percentage. Lake Superior State as a team did not hit over .200 while U of M, Crookston hit well over .200 in four of the five sets (.265, .393, .087, .290, .235).
Amber Meyer (OH, 6-2, JR, Paxton, Neb.) led the offensive charge with a match and season high 19 kills and a .350 (19K-5E-40TA) attack percentage. Ashley Allen (OH, 5-11, SR, Buffalo, Minn.) and Alyssa Krikke (MH, 6-0, JR, Grand Rapids, Mich.) followed Meyer with 11 kills each. Setter Shannon Cologna (S, 5-6, JR, Peoria, Ariz.) had an outstanding afternoon with a career high 48 assists, career high seven kills and a career high 15 digs. Amanda Swann (OH, 6-0, FR, Rochester, Mich.) led all defenders with five block assists and added six kills and two service aces. Jaclyn Slepicka (LIB, 5-2, SR, Crystal Lake, Ill.) set a season high with 25 defensive digs for the Golden Eagles.
The Laker's were led by Jessica Ewer's 15 kills and .400 (15K-3E-30TA) attack percentage. She was followed by Abby Shereda and Nikki Stratelak who finished the match with 12 kills apiece. Janelle Balkwill assisted on 32 Laker kills and tallied a match high four service aces. Brittany Newberry led all players with 30 defensive digs for Lake Superior State.
The Golden Eagles are now 2-3 on the season while Lake Superior State falls to 0-5 overall. U of M, Crookston returns to the court this afternoon to do battle with Wayne State University (MI) at 5 p.m.
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The University of Minnesota, Crookston is a NCAA Division II Institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). The Golden Eagle Equestrian team is a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).
Photo: Shannon Cologna