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.
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.