Golden Eagle Volleyball Puts Together Best Match of Season

Contact: Mitch Bakken- Sports Information Director (218) 281-8414

mchugh_margo09.jpg(Crookston, Minn.)- The University of Minnesota, Crookston Volleyball team entertained the #11 ranked Minnesota State University- Mankato this evening in Lysaker Gymnasium on the University of Minnesota, Crookston campus. The Golden Eagles tallied their third highest match kill total (47) of the season and recorded a match-high attack percentage in the third set at .429 (11K-2E-21TA). The teams battled for four sets and to 25 tie scores before the Mavericks prevailed 3-1 (25-18, 25-21, 19-25, 25-19). MSU has lost only four sets in conference play this season.

The Golden Eagles were led by Amber Meyer (OH, 6-2, JR, Paxton, Neb.) and her match-high 17 kills. Meyer attacked at a solid .244 (17K-6E-45TA) clip. Ashley Allen (OH, 5-11, SR, Buffalo, Minn.) followed Meyer with a season-high 13 kills. Margo McHugh (OH, 5-9, FR, Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.) had a career night with six kills and an outstanding .316 (6K-0E-19TA) attack percentage. Shannon Cologna (S, 5-6, JR, Peoria, Ariz.) led the squad in both assists with 40 and defensive digs with 13. As a team, the Golden Eagles held the Mavericks to a match-low .100 (11K-8E-30TA) attack percentage in the third set.

The Mavericks were led by Amanda Beekman's 16 kills and .394 (16K-3E-33TA) attack percentage. Kimber Kuhl followed Beekman with 11 kills and she was trailed by Amanda Thompson and Ally Kwikkel who tallied 10 kills each. Kuhl also had a match-high five block assists. Brittany Stamer led all setters with 48 set assists. Alli Rice led MSU with five service aces and 19 defensive digs.

The Golden Eagles are 3-15 overall and 0-6 in the NSIC while the Mavericks advance to 17-2 overall and stay a perfect 7-0 in the NSIC. The Golden Eagles return to the court tomorrow to battle #14 ranked Southwest Minnesota State. First server is set for 5 p.m.

For more information, visit the Golden Eagle Athletics website at:

Photo: Margo McHugh 

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).