Winona State ends Augustana’s season in five set NSIC Volleyball Semifinal marathon
Vikings finish 19-11 after 3-2 defeat
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - The Augustana volleyball dropped a heartbreaker in the NSIC Tournament semifinals, falling to Winona State, 3-2 (25-18, 25-15, 25-18, 31-29, 17-15) inside the Sanford Pentagon on Saturday night.
After falling 25-18 in the first set, the Vikings came out with determination in the second set, jumping out to a 6-1 lead with Payton Rosendahl, Jolie Stecher and Maddy Guetter delivering kills in that time.
A five-point spurt midway through the second set elevated the Vikings to a 16-9 lead, with Guetter sending home back-to-back kills at the conclusion of the run.
Augustana’s offense continued down the stretch of the second set, with Guetter accumulating an additional three kills and Callie Hohenhaus adding to the mix to take the set, 25-15, and bring the Augustana fans to life inside the Sanford Pentagon.
After dropping set three 25-18, the Vikings had a slow start to the fourth, being down 4-0 to start the set.
Guetter would rack up nine kills to bring Augustana to match point. However, the three-point cushion was not enough to decide the fourth set.
The two teams would trade points, making the second time in the tournament Augstana would be competing in a marathon.
Junior Kate Reimann buried the ball to give Augustana the fourth set, 31-29, to bring the match to a fifth set.
Down 8-3 early in the fifth set, Augustana would score eight of the next nine points to flip the score in favor of the Vikings at 11-9.
Guetter accounted for four kills with Grace Haberland also getting a kill from the back row.
Winona State would return the favor with a five-point run of its own to make it 15-14 in favor of the Warriors.
Three points later Winona State would become victorious, claiming set five 17-15.
The Vikings were led by Guetter with 31 kills, Avery Thorson having 57 assists and Erika Bute garnering 27 digs.
Along with the 31 kills, Guetter also accumulated 17 digs to give her a double-double on the match.
The Warriors were led by Sidney Paulson with 18 kills, Bre Maloney with 46 assists and Becca Pagel with 19 digs.
The match ends the careers of Haberland, Kelsey Ruff and Rosendahl as they exhaust their NCAA eligibility.
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