Concordia (St. Paul) defeated Tampa in four sets to win the NCAA Division II volleyball title for the fourth consecutive year.
Update: Concordia-St. Paul broke a one-set-all deadlock to take the final two sets and defeat Tampa to win the NCAA Division II volleyball champion Saturday afternoon for the fourth consecutive season.
The Golden Bears split the first two sets by 25-23 scores, but rallied to win the third, 26-24, and took the final set 25-10.
Concordia (31-4) beat Tampa (31-3) for the second time in three meetings this season. After three close sets, the Golden Bears dominated in the fourth, hitting .600 with 16 kills to only one error on 25 attempts.
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LOUISVILLE, KY. — The Concordia (St. Paul) women's volleyball team will play for its fourth consecutive national championship Saturday after defeating Dowling College 25-13, 25-10, 25-20 on Friday in the NCAA Division II semifinals.
The Golden Bears' opponent in the final will be Tampa (30-3), which beat Central Missouri 25-17, 25-21, 25-21. The schools already have met twice this season, with each team winning once.
Against Dowling (31-2), Concordia got a superb effort from middle blockers Cassie Haag and Emily Palkert, who combined for 25 kills in only 33 swings. They had only one error between them, and as a team the Golden Bears hit .467, the highest postseason mark in school history. Concordia hit an amazing .714 in the second set.
"The team came out excited, and I thought they played well," coach Brady Starkey said. "The defense played a lot better than yesterday, and it led to a great offensive performance."
The Golden Bears (31-4) have won 21 matches in a row and 23 in a row in NCAA tournament play.