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College volleyball team Concordia St. Paul advances to Final Four

The volleyball squad from Concordia St. Paul has made it to the championship round of NCAA Division II.

To keep their hopes of winning a record 10th national title alive, the top-seeded Golden Bears swept the eighth-seeded Southern New Hampshire team, 25-19, 25-23, 25-11, late Thursday in Seattle.

On Friday (December 2) at 8:30 p.m. Central Standard Time, Concordia (30-5) will take on No. 4 seed Cal State Los Angeles (25-6). The game will take place at Royal Brougham Pavilion on the Seattle Pacific University campus. The victor advances to the title game on Saturday at 5 p.m. CST.

Against Southern New Hampshire, Katie Mattson led the Golden Bears with 14 kills, six blocks, and a.458 hitting percentage (19-8). Ellie Sieling had the most digs (11) and Teagan Starkey had the most assists (42).

Emma Schmidt contributed 9 kills and 5 digs, while Jasmine Mulvihill produced 10 kills, 8 digs, and 3 blocks. Three of Concordia’s five aces came off the serve of Payton Stier.

The Golden Bears’ record in NCAA tournament games moved to 77-9, including an 11-1 mark in quarterfinal games. The Golden Bears have won 30 of 32 Elite Eight games, including 28 in a row going back to 2006.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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