ASHLAND, Wis. – The Minnesota Morris volleyball team began a five-day, five-match stretch in four different cities Friday night with a road sweep of Northland (25-16, 25-20, 25-19) in UMAC action.

Trailing in the first set, 6-5, UMM used a 5-0 spurt to gain an edge they would not relinquish. The lead was still four later until a 6-0 run gave the Cougars a 23-13 advantage. Rachel Mathias smashed three kills in the run that helped gain the Cougars the set.

Northland took a 17-14 lead in the second set before a 4-0 Cougar run gave them the edge. Hannah Godzala back-to-back kills gave UMM an 18-17 lead. Multiple kills from Morgan Miller closed out the set that gave UMM a 2 sets to 0 lead.

Three big Cougar runs helped them clinch the match in the third set. Kills from Mathias and Brenna Tinjum ended the match in favor of the Cougars.

Mathias led all players with 10 kills. Kylee Hansen led with 15 assists while Allison Engel added 12. Godzala and Alyssa Ukestad led with 12 and 11 digs, respectively.

Minnesota Morris (15-9, 10-3 in UMAC) remains up north for matches with St. Scholastica and St. Olaf Saturday in Duluth.


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