Concordia (St. Paul) took a big step toward a seventh consecutive NCAA Division II volleyball title on Thursday night. The third-ranked Golden Bears defeated Tampa 18-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-22 in the national quarterfinals at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The Spartans (32-2) were ranked No. 1 this season and lost to Concordia in the title match a year ago. Tampa’s only previous loss this season was to the Golden Bears in four sets on Sept. 14 in Denver.
Kayla Koenecke had 14 kills, Emily McDonough 13 and Riley Hanson 12 to lead Concordia, which hit .350 to Tampa’s .270.
The Golden Bears (33-3) will play No. 25 Wheeling Jesuit in Friday’s semifinals. Concordia now has a 40-match winning streak in NCAA tournament play, last losing in a regional final to Minnesota Duluth in 2006.
Senior outside hitter Taylr McNeil of Eagan was named the Gatorade player of the year in Minnesota.
She led the Wildcats (30-2) to the Class 3A state championship with 563 kills and a .502 hitting percentage. McNeil signed with South Carolina last month.
|Miami - LP: M. Dunn||1||FINAL|
|Atlanta - WP: D. Carpenter||3|
|Arizona - WP: T. Cahill||7||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: P. Strop||5|
|San Francisco - WP: J. Machi||12||FINAL|
|Colorado - LP: C. Bettis||10|
|Texas - WP: M. Perez||3||FINAL|
|Oakland - LP: S. Gray||0|
|Houston - LP: J. Fields||3||FINAL|
|Seattle - WP: F. Rodney||5|
|Cincinnati - WP: A. Simon||5||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - LP: C. Morton||2|
|LA Angels - LP: E. Frieri||4||FINAL|
|Washington - WP: D. Storen||5|
|Kansas City - LP: K. Herrera||3||FINAL|
|Cleveland - WP: B. Shaw||5|
|Baltimore - WP: C. Tillman||10||FINAL|
|Toronto - LP: T. Redmond||8|
|Chicago WSox - WP: A. Rienzo||6||FINAL|
|Detroit - LP: E. Reed||4|
|St. Louis - LP: M. Wacha||2||FINAL|
|NY Mets - WP: J. Niese||3|
|Minnesota - WP: C. Fien||6||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - LP: J. Lueke||4|
|NY Yankees - LP: M. Pineda||1||FINAL|
|Boston - WP: J. Lackey||5|
|San Diego - LP: T. Ross||2||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - WP: K. Lohse||5|
|Philadelphia - LP: C. Hamels||2||FINAL|
|Los Angeles - WP: Z. Greinke||5|
|Red Bull New York||4|