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GOLF
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Minnesota Morris women’s golf team started off a busy week Tuesday at the Northwestern Invitational at Gross National Golf Club in Minneapolis. In the five-team invite, the Cougars placed second with a team score of 392, four strokes behind Bethany Lutheran.

Leading the way for the Cougars was senior Meghan Foley. She shot a fourth place round of 93. Also finishing in the top ten for the Cougars was Kaya Quinn who carded a seventh place score of 97 and Skylar Tumbleson who tied for ninth place with a round of 100.
Trinity Erickson (102, tie for 12th) and Brynn Combs (111, 19th) rounded out the Cougar field.

Orion Collins was the lone men’s golfer to compete for the Cougars. His score of 83 was good for a tie for 22nd place.

The Cougars are back on the course Thursday when they host the postponed Cougar Invitational at Pomme de Terre Golf Club.

VOLLEYBALL
ST. JOSEPH, Minn. – The Minnesota Morris volleyball team concluded their five-game road trip Tuesday night with a nice win at MIAC-foe Saint Benedict, 3 sets to 1 (25-17, 25-23, 21-25, 25-23).

The Cougars started out on fire scoring the first nine points of the match. Layne Herrmann started out with an ace, Morgan Miller collected two blocks, and Tori Everson and Whitney Schwartz each delivered kills in the stretch. UMM was not threatened the rest of the set in turning in a 25-17 win.

The second set was much tighter. St. Ben’s held a slight lead for a good duration until the Cougars took a 16-15 lead off an Everson kill. After exchanging the next seven points, the Cougars took a 21-19 aided from a Schwartz kill. Rachel Mathias would close out the set with a kill to give the Cougars a 2 sets to 0 edge.

The fourth set played out like the second with the Blazers holding a slight advantage passed the midway point. Trailing 17-14, the Cougars went on a 6-1 spurt to take a 20-18 lead. UMM would extend the lead to 23-19. St. Ben’s would cut the deficit to 24-23 before a Herrmann kill ended the match.

Miller led three Cougars in double figures with 13. Everson collected 12 and Mathias added 11. The blocking duo of Mathias and Miller added six and five blocks, respectively. Herrmann totaled 42 assists and Alyssa Ukestad led with 17 digs.

Minnesota Morris (9-8) returns home for the final UMAC triangular of the season Wednesday when they entertain St. Scholastica and North Central beginning at 3 p.m.

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