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Volleyball splits weekend matches

The Dragon volleyball team split their weekend matches, defeating Winona (Minn.) State University 3-0 on Friday before falling to Upper Iowa University, Fayette, 3-1 on Saturday.

Junior setter Anna Olson, who was named player of the game, led the Dragons in the first match with 35 assists and seven digs. Junior libero Katy Ness tallied 25 digs of her own and junior outside hitter Heidi Lensing earned 10 digs and nine kills. Freshman middle blocker Maggie Gruber also chipped in with 10 kills.

In their second game of the weekend, the Dragons fell despite a solid defensive effort. Ness earned 28 digs in this match, and freshman libero Sam Reilly tallied 16 of her own. Lensing managed 15 digs, while Olson and sophomore Angie Waller both had 14.

Offensively, the Dragons were led by junior middle blocker Meredith Egeland, who had 10 kills and six block assists. Lensing managed 11 kills, and Olson had 35 assists. The Dragon freshmen chipped in as well, as hitters Annie Palmquist, Maggie Gruber and Morgan Gradishar tallied nine, eight and seven kills respectively.

The Dragons (11-11 overall, 9-6 in the NSIC) will host Bemidji (Minn.) State University at 7 p.m. on Friday, followed by the University of Minnesota-Duluth at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

BY DANNY DETERMAN
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