Falcons defeat Eagles, advance to title match

MEQUON, Wis. – Concordia Wisconsin left no doubt why they are the top seed in the NACC Tournament with a resounding 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-16) victory over Edgewood in a semifinal match on Thursday night inside the R. John Buuck Field House.

Concordia Wisconsin hosts Aurora on Saturday at 7 pm in the NACC Tournament Championship.

THE BASICS
Final Score:
Concordia Wisconsin 3, Edgewood 0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-16)
Location: R. John Buuck Field House (Mequon, Wis.)
Records: Concordia Wisconsin 22-7, Edgewood 19-14

QUOTING HEAD COACH JANELLE KATZ

 

HOW IT HAPPENED
- Concordia Wisconsin surely didn't let Edgewood get close throughout the sweep, leading by at least eight points in each set. The Falcons soared past the Eagles early on, taking a quick 16-5 lead in the first frame to force a timeout.
- During the second half of the opening set both teams traded points before Concordia Wisconsin's Megan Mayer smashed the 25th point of a 25-16 win.
- An 8-3 run to start the second stanza and another 8-3 scoring run to close the set was all the Falcons needed to control of the contest. Junior Kaily Moegenburg (Plymouth, Wis.) smashed five kills to help the hosts take a 2-0 lead.
- When Concordia Wisconsin caught fire in the second set with a .394 attack percentage, they kept it going into the final frame with a .324 attack percentage to close the door on another sweep. The Falcons built a double-digit lead, 23-12, late and cruised their way into the NACC Tournament Championship match.
- Moegenburg led all players with 14 kills and an eye-popping .448 attack percentage (14K-1E-29A), to go along with a pair of service aces, eight digs and five block assists.
- Freshman Megan Mayer (Downers Grove, Ill.) had eight kills and five digs, while junior Megan Jehlicka (Salem, Wis.) and freshman Kendall Stribling (Greenfield, Wis.) each had six kills.
- Senior Karina Klotz (Hubertus, Wis.) and sophomore Mackenzie Wockenfus (Appleton, Wis.) directed the offense to the tune of 18 and 17 assists, respectively.
- Sophomore Lindsey Casper (Hubertus, Wis.) dug a match-high-tying 17 attack attempts and junior Lauren Nevinski (New Berlin, Wis.) recorded four block assists.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The sweep was the 17th of the season for the Falcons.
- Concordia Wisconsin's .305 attack percentage was the third highest this season.
- Moegenburg's .448 attack percentage was the best by a Falcon this season.
- The Falcons advance to the NACC Tournament Championship match for the first time since 2008 when they last in four sets at Lakeland. Saturday will mark the third time in program history they have advanced this far in the league's postseason tournament.

THE OPPOSITION
- Elizabeth Evans led the Eagles with eight kills, while Emily Chaussee tallied seven kills and 17 digs.
- Haley Schwenn and Alex Zapuchlak combined for 21 assists.

NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE
- Concordia Wisconsin hosts Aurora on Saturday at 7 pm with the NACC Tournament Championship on the line. The winner receives the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

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