NEW YORK, Minn. (9/29/10)--Concordia got their first glimpse of the newly renovated Schoenecker Arena and left with the same feeling they have had at the old arena as they lost 3-1 (25-14, 14-25, 25-19, 25-19) to No.15-ranked St. Thomas on Wednesday.
The loss snaps the Cobbers' six-match winning streak. CC is now 12-4 overall and 3-1 in the MIAC. The Tommies are now 12-3 and 3-1 in league play.
Playing in the new Yankee Stadium, St. Thomas went on a 4-0 run in the first game after the score was tied at 8-8. UST then rattled off the final seven points of the opener to win 25-14. The Cobbers turned the tables in the second game. CC bolted out to an 11-4 lead and then never let the Tommies get within three points to post a similar 25-14 win in game 2.
The third and fourth games were eerily similar for Concordia. After both teams traded points at the start, the Tommies ran away with the game midway through each game. In the third they went on a 6-1 run to turn an 16-14 game into a 22-15 lead. In the fourth, they went from a one-point lead at 12-11 to a six-point advantage with another 6-1 run.
For the match, Concordia had a .083 attack percentage with a high water mark of .286 in the second game. The Tommies hit .151 for the match and had a high of .355 in the opening game.
Katie Vohnoutka had a team-high 13 kills for the Cobbers. She has now had double-digit kill totals in eight of the last 10 matches. Jenna Green had another double-double as she posted 10 kills to go along with 16 digs. She has now had 11 double-doubles this year. Amy Sykora had a team-high 19 assists and freshman Alison Bruggeman had a match-high five blocks.
St. Thomas was led by Katie Bonine who had a match-high 14 kills. Kaitlain Wachter posted a match-high 20 digs and Emily Foster added 39 assists.
Concordia will next play in the annual MIAC/IIAC Border Battle Tournament. The Cobbers will play Luther and Cornell on Friday, Oct. 1 and then Wartburg and Simpson on Saturday, Oct. 2. All four matches will be played at St. Ben's.