Concordia sophomore Ashley Beseman reaches for the block in the Cobbers' 3-1 win over Bethel in the MIAC opener on Wednesday.
Back On Track In The MIAC!



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MOORHEAD, Minn. (9/16/09)-- No.17-ranked Concordia showed the experience they gained at the Washington Univ. National Invitational Tournament over the weekend as they started the MIAC season by cruising past Bethel 3-1 on Wednesday in Moorhead. The Cobbers were never threatened in the first, second and fourth games as they improved to 5-4 on the year.

The sophomore Twin Towers of Jenna Green and Katie Vohnoutka were too much for the Royals as the pair combined for 32 kills and 32 digs in the match. Green had 16 kills to go along with 17 digs while Vohnoutka added 16 kills and 15 digs. Green has now recorded double-digit kill totals in five of the last six CC matches while Vohnoutka has at least 10 kills in four straight contests and also five of the last six.

Amy Sykora led the offense with 31 assists on the night while Ashley Beseman had a match-high six blocks. Greta Wood chipped in 10 digs and Dana Wermers and Leslie Olson had eight kills each.

As a team Concordia hit .243 for the match and held the Royals to only .081. The Cobbers put down 58 kills and came up with 80 digs while Bethel managed 42 kills and 61 digs.

Concordia trailed only once in the first and fourth games and never trailed in the second game. The third game, which was won by the Royals 28-26, featured five lead changes and 10 tie scores. The Cobbers had a chance to win the match in three straight games. Leading 26-25 in game No.3, CC's match point was derailed by a kill from Haley Toter and then BU went on to win the next two points to take the game 28-26. The largest lead in the third game was four points by Bethel at 12-8 and 22-18. However, after CC tied the game at 22-22 the lead was never more than two points for either team.

Concordia will have the weekend off before returning to action on Wednesday, Sept. 23 when they play at St. Kate's at 7 p.m.