Concordia (St. Paul) reaches Division II title match in volleyball

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Anthony Souffle, Star Tribune
Concordia St. Paul volleyball played Wayne State (Neb.) in a NSIC Tournament quarterfinals match last month.

Pensacola, Fla. – One more win.

That’s all Concordia (St. Paul) needs to repeat as NCAA Division II national champion in volleyball — and win its ninth title in 11 years.

The Golden Bears defeated Rockhurst of Kansas City, Mo., 25-17, 25-23, 31-29 on Friday night in the national semifinals. Hope Schiller had 15 kills and Brooklyn Lewis 13 to lead them.

Top-seeded Concordia (33-3) will Florida Southern (30-6) at 5 p.m. Saturday in the championship match.

In the first set against the Hawks (32-8), the Golden Bears led only 14-12 before going on a 7-0 run to take control. Lewis and Schiller each had two kills in that run, which gave Concordia a 21-12 cushion. The set ended on two errors by Rockhurst, on a serve and on an attack.

Rockhurst led 22-19 in the second set before a 4-0 run by the Golden Bears. Shelby Seurer had kills for two of those points. Back-to-back kills by Mariya Sampson closed out that set.

NCAA DIVISION II CHAMPIONSHIPS

At Pensacola, Fla.

Semifinals • Friday

(3) Florida Southern def. (7) Gannon, 3-2

(1) Concordia (St. Paul) def. (5) Rockhurst 3-0

Championship • Saturday

Florida Southern vs. Concordia

(St. Paul), 5 p.m.

Two attack errors by the Hawks ended the third set.

Concordia hit .250 for the match, Rockhurst .138.

Florida Southern, the third seed, edged Gannon 16-25, 25-16, 25-23, 24-26, 15-12 in its semifinal match. Sydney Marshall, with 17 kills, led the Moccasins of Lakeland, Fla., to their 23rd consecutive victory and first appearance in a final.

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