NORTHFIELD, Minn. (10/23/10)-- Most athletic contests have one or two defining moments and that was certainly the case in Concordia's nationally ranked showdown with #12 St. Olaf on Saturday. With the match tied at 1-1 and the Cobbers leading 23-20 in the third - CC watched the Oles rattle off
five straight points, grab all the momentum in the match and go on to win 3-1 (16-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-19).
The loss snaps Concordia's nine-match winning streak and drops the Cobbers into third place in the league standings. CC is now 21-5 overall and 7-2 in conference play. They trail both St. Olaf and St. Thomas who are 8-1 in the MIAC. The Oles move to 25-4 overall.
Concordia threatened to run away with the match as they raced to a 25-16 win in the opening game. The Cobbers went on an 8-1 run midway through the opener to break it wide open. St. Olaf rallied and opened up a 13-4 lead at the start of the second game. The teams would then trade points and the Oles would claim the 25-19 win in the second game.
That set the stage for the dramatic turnaround in the third game. Concordia overcame a 12-10 deficit to lead 18-15 and then 23-20. St. Olaf then had a pair of kills to bring the game within one at 23-22 and that was followed by three attack errors for CC which ended the game and gave the Oles all the momentum.
The Cobbers tried to rebound and force a fifth game but St. Olaf came up with a 5-1 run that turned a 12-11 deficit into a 16-13 lead. The Oles then finished off the match by winning six of the final eight points.
Jenna Green led all players as she paced CC with a match-high 20 kills. It was the third time this season she has had at least 20 kills in a match. Green also had a match-high 16 digs and hit .347. Katie Vohnoutka was held to nine kills in the match marking the first time in the last 10 matches she didn't record a double-digit kill total. Vohnoutka did put up a match-high eight blocks for the contest. Freshman Brooke Tastad came away with 12 kills and Amy Sykora had 36 assists.
St. Olaf was led by Kim Smisek who had 19 kills and also hit .347. She also had nine digs. Kristin Boyum had 15 digs and Kelly Prunty added a match-high 47 assists.
Concordia will finish off the regular season by hosting a pair of MIAC matches. The Cobbers will square off against Augsburg on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. and then end the conference slate by hosting St. Ben's on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 3 p.m.