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.