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MARSHALL – No.5-ranked Southwest Minnesota state showed resilience for a 3-0 win over Augustana on Tuesday night in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference volleyball inside the PE Gym. SMSU won by scores of 25-20, 27-25 and 25-16.

Angela Young and Meg Schmidt punctuated the attack, recording 16 and 13 assists respectively, with Alisa Bengen’s 38 assists preparing the attack. Season-high Payton Hjerleid’s 20 digs and Emma VanHeel’s six blocks lifted the defense in the win.

The opening set seemed to float in the direction of the Vikings, as a 17-13 lead was built in the later stages of the set. The Mustangs didn’t flinch, starting a 12-3 streak for the victory. Schmidt started the rally, getting a kill in each of the Mustangs’ three points to start the race. Young added two kills towards the end before a sneaky jump from Bengen crowned the victory.

The second set saw 18 ties and nine lead changes before concluding. For the second set in a row, it looked like Augustana would win the set after taking a 24-22 lead. The Mustangs refused to bow, scoring the next two to tie at 24-24, and after allowing one run, scored the last three to snatch another set. Schmidt and Young led offensively, registering three kills each in the Mustangs’ last seven points.

The third set resembled the second set, with each team trading points early. After Augustana took a 6-4 lead, it was just the Mustangs. Five straight runs gave them a 9-6 lead, and although the Vikings recovered to go 10-10, another 5-0 run took SMSU to a 15-10 lead. The score would soon climb to 20-13 and the Mustangs would end the game on a 5-2 streak to seal the deal.

SMSU ended the game edging Augustana .244-.146, recording 17 more kills and four more aces than the Vikings.

SMSU, who is playing at home for the first time since 2019, drops to 11-0 overall, 3-0 NSIC. Augustana drops to 6-5 overall, 1-2 NSIC.

Southwestern Minnesota remains at home this Friday and Saturday against St. Cloud State and Minnesota Duluth. SMSU and SCSU meet on Friday from 6 p.m.

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by SMSU Athletics


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