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Falcons making a statement

Photo by Sam Dunn
Photo by Sam Dunn

KENOSHA, Wis. – Concordia Wisconsin is surely making a case climb into the national spotlight after a pair of impressive victories on Saturday over Chicago 3-1 (22-25,25-20,25-19,25-20) and No. 19 Carthage 1 (26-24,25-15,19-25,25-17) inside Tarble Arena.

THE BASICS
Final Scores: Concordia Wisconsin 3, Chicago 1 (22-25,25-20,25-19,25-20); Concordia Wisconsin 3, Carthage 1 (26-24,25-15,19-25,25-17)
Location: Tarble Arena (Kenosha, Wis.)
Records: Concordia Wisconsin 7-2, Carthage 7-6, Chicago 11-1

HOW IT HAPPENED
Concordia Wisconsin 3, Chicago 1
- Chicago who is receiving votes and is essentially the 26th-ranked team in the nation, couldn't slow down Concordia Wisconsin's offense that has been firing on all cylinders recently. The teams split the first two sets before the Falcons controlled sets three and four.
- As the match progressed, Concordia Wisconsin's offensive attack grew stronger and went from a .143 hitting percentage in the first set to a .367 to close out the victory.
- While the offense has been making headlines, the defense has quietly been performing well with 8.0 total blocks, led by junior Kelsey Kleba (Hartland, Wis.) who had four block assists.
- Junior Megan Mayer (Downers Grove, Ill.) led all players with 16 kills and a .343 attack percentage, to go along with 17 digs and three service aces. Senior Amanda Schultz (North Prairie, Wis.) had 12 kills and freshman Olivia Richter (Naperville, Ill.) added 10 kills.
- Senior Haley Sedo (Neenah, Wis.) tallied 28 assists and two services aces, and senior Mackenzie Wockenfus (Appleton, Wis.) recorded 19 assists, four service aces and eight digs.
- Defensively, junior Ariana Richmond (South Elgin, Ill.) dug 14 attack attempts and freshman Madelyn Alton (Custer Park, Ill.) had 10 digs.

Concordia Wisconsin 3, Carthage 1
- The momentum surely didn't slow down in the afternoon match during the first victory over a ranked team by the Falcons since defeating ninth-ranked UW-Whitewater 3-2 late last season. The win also avenges a loss to Carthage, which ended Concordia Wisconsin's season in the NCAA Tournament last year.
- The Falcons hit .235 as a team and Mayer recorded 18 more kills to earn all-tournament team honors. Schultz also was tagged with all-tournament accolades after adding 14 kills on a .351 attack percentage.
- Sedo posted a double-double with 25 assists and 11 digs; while Mayer also had four service aces, 18 digs and three block assists.

GAME NOTES
- The Falcons have hit .228 or better over the last three matches and recorded 26 service aces at the three-match Carthage tournament.
- In each of the last five matches, Concordia Wisconsin has had three players record double-digit kill totals.

NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE
- Concordia Wisconsin returns to the court on Tuesday for a NACC contest at Edgewood at 7 pm.

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