ARDEN HILLS – The University of Minnesota Morris volleyball team (2-7) dropped a pair of matches Friday at the Bethel Tournament. The Cougars fell to UW-Stevens Point (9-2) in five sets (24-26, 23-25, 25-22, 25-21, 15-6) before St. Norbert (7-4) swept the Cougars (25-21, 25-16, 26-24).
After trailing 23-16 in the first set, the Cougars rallied back for a 26-24 victory to open up the evening.
Leading 24-21 in the second set, UMN Morris held off UW-Stevens Point late to secure the 25-23 win.
With the score tied at 21-21 in the third set, UW-Stevens Point used a late surge to tally a 25-22 victory over the Cougars.
The Pointers scored four of the last five points in the fourth set to record a 25-21 win and tie the match at two sets apiece.
The fifth set proved to be all UW-Stevens Point as the Pointers picked up a 15-6 win to secure the match victory at 3-2.
Tori Everson tallied a season-high 15 kills to pace the Cougars.
Layne Herrmann recorded a 50-assist outing on the evening to lead the Cougars.
Five Cougars tallied an ace.
Alyssa Ukestad led the Cougars with 21 digs.
HOW IT HAPPENED – St. Norbert, 3-0
St. Norbert used a 25-21 victory in the first set to take a 1-0 lead over the Cougars.
The Green Knights jumped out to a 12-3 lead and never looked back en route to a 25-16 win in set two.
The Cougars held a 24-22 lead over the Green Knights in the third set, but the St. Norbert battled back and completed the sweep with a 26-24 win in set three.
The Cougars tallied six aces in the match.
Layne Herrmann led the Cougars with 27 assists.
Alyssa Ukestad paced the Cougars with 14 digs.
Morgan Miller led the Cougars in kills with seven.