VCSU def Concordia Moorhead   3-1  17-25,25-20,25-21,25-18

MOORHEAD, MINN.  (VCSU)   – The Valley City State volleyball team has now won five straight games with its four-set victory over Concordia Wednesday night, 17-25, 25-20, 25-21 and 25-18.

Katie Juarez paced the Vikings with an outstanding all-around performance, tallying a team-high 18 kills while adding 17 digs and three service aces for VCSU.

Valley City State improves to 10-13 overall this season and holds a 6-2 record in conference play. NCAA Div. III opponent Concordia College-Moorhead drops to 6-13 overall.

Sadie Hansen finished with a double-double after tallying 45 set assists and 10 digs, and Kallene Klever totaled a team-high 19 digs Wednesday.

Valley City State outside hitters again led the Viking attack effort as Katie Juarez (18) and Bailey Nelson (11) combined for 29 kills Wednesday. Freshman Ella Roaldson added 10 kills and senior Makayla Wetzel tallied nine kills without a single error for a .529 attack percentage.

Brooke Blessum added seven kills and six assisted blocks while Roaldson tallied four assisted blocks Wednesday.

The Cobbers started strong on their home court and won the first set 25-17. The Vikings then began to heat up in the second set, building a 23-16 advantage on an ace from Sadie Hansen. Concordia then scored four straight points but kills from Juarez and Roaldson finished the set for the Vikings, 25-20.

Valley City State built a comfortable lead at 19-12 in set three and brought up set point on a kill from Bailey Nelson at 24-19. The Cobbers scored on back-to-back kills before Nelson smashed a kill to take the set 25-21.

In the fourth set, the Vikings hit .542 for their best set of the night, tallying 15 kills and committing just two errors in 24 swings. VCSU took a 10-2 rally midway through the set en route to a 25-18 victory.

Concordia’s Chloe Markovic led all players with 21 digs Wednesday. Hannah Keil totaled a team-high 11 kills while Anna Brakke added eight kills and five service aces for the Cobbers.

Kenzie Urbanec totaled 22 set assists and Mariah Iwen finished with 17.

UP NEXT: Valley City State hosts No. 1 University of Jamestown for a non-conference match on Monday, Oct. 18. First serve is at 7 p.m. in Graichen Gym.


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