Maverick volleyball upsets 7th ranked Tampa

The Minnesota State volleyball team closed the weekend with an upset win over No. 7 University of Tampa (25-17, 25-21, 25-20, 25-18) on Saturday. They also defeated Henderson State (25-17, 25-21, 25-21, 25-13) earlier in the day.

Minnesota State opened up the second day of competition by picking up where they left off on day one. Henderson State used a fast start to gain a quick 5-1 advantage. Both teams fought early and found themselves tied at 15 midway through the opening set. The Mavericks were then able to out score the Reddies, 10-2, in route to a 25-17 victory in set one.

Krista Hassing set the tone early in set two with a kill that not only gave the Mavericks a 1-0 advantage but was also her 1,000th career kill. Henderson State retaliated by growing a 19-13 lead and didn’t look back. The Reddies stole the second frame, 25-21.

Minnesota State was able to rally in the third frame and found offense to build a 13-7 edge. Later in the set, Henderson State was able to cut the deficit to three, 24-21. Sarah Kuehn was able to put the dagger in the Reddies with her kill to seal a 25-21 win in set three.

In the fourth and final set, Minnesota State took control early with a 10-5 lead that they would not surrender. The Mavericks opened up a twelve point lead, 22-10, to pace the Reddies. MSU went on to win the frame, 25-13, and the match, 3-1.

Hassing notched a team-best 12 kills, while Sydney Geisness added 10 of her own. Autmn Risch posted a team-high 35 assists. Defensively, Haley Fogarty and Risch led the Mavericks with 16 digs each, while Rissi McNallan added an additional 12 digs.

Minnesota State closed out the weekend taking on No. 7 University of Tampa. The Mavericks were able to open up a early 5-1 edge before the Spartans battled back to deadlock the match at six. Minnesota State was then able to capture momentum and create a three point, 18-15 lead , forcing Tampa to burn a time out. MSU out scored the Spartans, 7-2, to close the frame and pick up a 25-17 win.

Set two saw plenty of lead changes early, but eventually the Spartans were able to create a four point, 12-8, edge and forced the Mavericks to use a time out. However, the Mavericks would not go away quietly and tied the match at 19 all. Tampa was able to outlast the late Minnesota State push and pick up the victory, 25-21.

Both teams continued to battle into set three and were tied at 18 late in the frame. Minnesota State went on to out score the Spartans, 7-2, and pick up a crucial game three win, 25-20. In the fourth and final set, Minnesota State was able to capture a early edge, 15-13, which fueled the Mavericks to a 25-18 win and 3-1 upset-match victory to remain unbeaten on the season.

Sydney Powellled the Mavericks with a team-high 16 kills and .419 hitting percentage. Geisness added 13 kills while Hassing contributed 11 kills. Risch was also able to notch a career-best 43 assists. Fogarty continued to make her presence felt defensively with her match-best 25 digs.

Minnesota State moves to 4-0 (0-0 NSIC) on the season. This is the second consecutive season that MSU has started 4-0. The Mavericks will travel to Maryville, Mo., to take on Rockhurst next Friday with the first serve set for 9:00 a.m.

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