WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. – Concordia University Wisconsin won its first match on Saturday afternoon to extend its winning streak to four, but fell in the closing contest at the NACC/IIAC Invitational at JustAGame Fieldhouse. The Falcons defeated Luther College 3-2 (23-25, 25-18, 25-18, 20-25, 15-7) before losing to Simpson College 3-1 (22-25, 22-25, 25-22, 22-25).
The Falcons opening win over the Norse gave them a season-high four wins in a row.
Sophomore Jessica Eggebrecht (Napoleon, Ohio) paced CUW on Saturday with 22 kills, while six total players recorded double-digit kills. Juniors Hannah Griffiths (Antigo, Wis.) and Britta Duchow (Potter, Wis.) added 18 and 17 kills, respectively. Freshman Karina Klotz (Hubertus, Wis.) and Carley Valentine (De Pere, Wis.) finished with 42 and 41 assists each, while Klotz served three aces.
Defensively, sophomore Kelsey Paramore (Tomahawk, Wis.) dug 45 attack attempts and Griffiths made 34 digs. At the net, junior Gabrielle VanBeaver recorded 12 total blocks (two solo, 10 assisted). CUW (7-12) finished with 17 total blocks in the two matches combined.
Match One: CUW 3, LC 2
Eggebrecht had a career match with 13 kills on 28 attempts for a .393 attack percentage. The Falcons hit .291 as a team and recorded 57 kills in the five sets.
Valentine and Klotz directed the offense to the tune of 25 and 24 assists each. Paramore dug a career-high 23 attack attempts and VanBeaver had six total blocks in the victory.
Leah Broderick led the Norse with 13 kills and Natalee Johnson finished with 10 kills. Lindsey Ryan paced all players with 41 assists, while she dug a team-best 14 attack attempts.
Match Two: SC 3, CUW 1
Eggebrecht again led the Falcons offense and finished with nine kills, while Duchow and Valentine each had eight kills. Klotz and Valentine combined for 34 assists.
Griffiths dug a career-high 22 attack attempts and Paramore also finished with 22 digs. VanBeaver ended the match with six total blocks, all assisted.
Tabitha Blaser led all players with 25 kills on 66 attempts and her teammate Kat Wetjen recorded 11 kills for the Storm. Katie Kieffer finished with a match-high 45 assists and three players accumulated double-digit digs, led by Blaser's 16 digs.
CUW returns home on Tuesday for the start of nine-consecutive Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference matches. The Falcons are scheduled to play Lakeland College at 7 p.m.