Volleyball looks toward playoffs

Joe Rydel, Sports Editor

The Augsburg University volleyball team finds themselves locked in a multi-team race to determine MIAC playoff seeding rights at the end of the season. As it stands now, the Auggies hold a record of 18-5, and a 5-3 record in MIAC matchups.

This record puts them in 5th place overall, with only the top six teams advancing into the postseason. The Auggies find themselves looking up in the standings toward Gustavus, St. Ben’s, St. Thomas and Bethel. Nipping at the heels of the Auggies is Concordia-Moorhead with a record of 4-3 in MIAC contests.

    Last week, the Auggies take on St. Ben’s in a crucial matchup that featured two of the conference’s best teams. Despite good play and three tightly contested sets, the Auggies fell to the Bennies by scores of 25-21, 25-21 and 25-23. Augsburg was kept on their toes by a relentless St. Ben’s front row that hit at a .236 percentage compared to the Auggies’ .169. Offensively, Augsburg was led by Megan Quam, who had 11 kills and by Corrina Evans with nine kills and three blocks. Macey Terhell led the team with 17 digs.

     Just two days later, the Auggies were able to bounce back in a dominating fashion with a sweep of Macalester College on Friday night. The Auggies prevailed by scores of 25-10, 25-10 and 27-25. Getting back into the win column was a huge necessity and was made possible from huge offensive days from Corrina Evans, Morgan Malley, Kayla Gjerde and Megan Quam. They accounted for many of the teams assists and digs on the day. In her four years as an Auggie libero, Macey Terhell continues to impress in each game — Friday being no exception. She posted 23 digs on the day.

    To finish out the season, the Auggies play host to Carleton College on Friday, Oct. 19 in Northfield. They will then head to Morris for a pair of non-conference contests. The Auggies will take on The University of Wisconsin-Superior and the University of Minnesota-Morris. To round out the MIAC schedule, the Auggies will look for two wins against Bethel and Gustavus.

This article was originally published in the Oct. 19, 2018 issue.