Volleyball Clinches Spot in MIAC Playoffs
Kevin Sethre, Staff Writer
The women’s volleyball team continued their dominant season with wins against Bethany Lutheran College and Bethel over the weekend.
The Auggies hosted Bethany to start the weekend and swept the Vikings 25-12, 29-27, 25-19. After cruising through the first set, Augsburg made 8 errors in the second that allowed Bethany to stay close, but the Auggies were able to pull out the victory and take the next set to complete the sweep. Augsburg had a .304 hitting percentage and got better with every set. Corrina Evans led all players with 12 kills, and Jaelin Rios had 16 digs. The Auggies have now beaten the Vikings in six straight matchups and have not lost to Bethany since 2005.
On Saturday, Augsburg traveled to Arden Hills for an important conference matchup with Bethel. The Auggies combined to make 13 errors in the first two sets, both of which were won by the Royals. On the brink of being swept, Augsburg came back strong with three much stronger sets to rally for a five-set win. Lexie Lang recorded an incredible 41 assists to go along with 15 digs, and Evans led the team in kills and blocks. With the win, the Auggies moved up to 7-2 in the MIAC and clinched a playoff spot.
So far, Izzy Barr leads the conference with 0.62 service aces per set. Evans and Jade Fullerton rank second and third, respectively, in blocks per set.
Augsburg has won eight straight games and was ranked 12th nationally as of the October 29 AVCA Coaches Poll. They host 22nd ranked and MIAC-leading St. Thomas in the regular season finale on Saturday.
This article was originally published in the November 1, 2019 issue.