ST. PAUL – The UMN Morris volleyball team (14-11, 7-1 UMAC) closed out the 2019 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) regular season with a 3-0 loss (25-10, 25-20, 25-6) at Northwestern (20-7, 7-1 UMAC) Wednesday night. Despite the loss, the Cougars finished as tri-conference champions with Northwestern and St. Scholastica.
Northwestern is the No. 1 seed in the UMAC Tournament followed by Minnesota Morris and St. Scholastica. The Cougars will host the Saints in the UMAC Tournament semifinals on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. inside the Cougar Sports Center.
The Eagles set the tone early in the first set by jumping out to a 7-2 lead. The Cougars brought the first set within four points at 9-5, but the Eagles continued to attack and finished out the opening set with a 25-10 win.
The second set saw UMN Morris take a 7-2 lead over Northwestern, but the Eagles chipped away at the Cougar lead and ended up taking a 13-12 lead. The two teams went back-and-forth down the stretch and ultimately Northwestern took the second set, 25-20.
It was all Northwestern in the third set as the Eagles took a 13-1 lead over UMN Morris. The Eagles used a 9-0 run to take the third set, 25-6, and the match victory.
The 2019 title is the second in program history, the Cougars also split the conference title in 2013 with Northwestern. Morgan Miller finished the night with five kills, one ace and two blocks, Layne Herrmann led the Cougars in assists with 19, and Alyssa Ukestad recorded 21 digs on the night.
Up next for the Cougars close out the regular season on Friday, Nov. 1, at UW-Stout. The match is slated for a 6 p.m. start in Menomonie, Wisconsin.
ST. PAUL – The UMN Morris men’s basketball team tied for sixth in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) 2019-20 Men’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll, as announced by the conference office Wednesday morning. The Cougars received 22 points in the poll.
Paul Grove | 18th Season
7-9 UMAC, 10-16 | T-5th
Postseason: UMAC Tournament Quarterfinals
James Pendleton, Jr., G | Averaged 10.1 points per game, started all 26 games for the Cougars, shot 34.2 percent from the 3-point line
Trent Jerome, Sr., G | Played in 25 games, shot 34.9% from the 3-point line, averaged 5.0 points per game
Nick Peterson, Sr., F |Played in all 26 games, averaged 5.7 points per game, shot 31.9% from the 3-point line
Kenneth Riley, So., F, | 2018-19 Academic All-Conference | Played in all 26 games, averaged 4.1 points per game, recorded 36 assists
2019-20 UMAC Men’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1. Bethany Lutheran – 62 points (6 First Place Votes)
2. Northwestern – 59 points (3 First Place Vote)
3. St. Scholastica – 49 points
4. Crown – 44 points
5. Wisconsin-Superior – 33 points
6. Minnesota Morris – 22 points
6. Northland – 22 points
8. North Central – 20 points
9. Martin Luther – 13 points