Making its first appearance in the NCAA II Central Region championship since 2014, the No. 5 seed University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) volleyball team fell 3-1 to No. 2 seed Concordia-St. Paul on Saturday at PE Gym in Marshall, Minn.
"Disappointed in the result, but proud of my team," said Bulldogs head coach Jim Boos. "It was a heck of a year. It was a really tough stretch here over the last two three weeks, so to find a way to get to the championship, I'm extremely proud of them."
The Bulldogs hit for a .307 percentage against top-seeded Southwest Minnesota State on Friday, leading to a 3-0 sweep. On Saturday, however, UMD attacked at a .184 percentage and allowed the Golden Bears to hit .294.
UMD dropped the first two sets 25-23, 25-20 before taking the third set 25-20. After losing the third set, Concordia-St. Paul dominated the Bulldogs in the fourth set 25-16 to claim the Central Region title.
Junior Sarah Kelly led the Bulldogs with 14 kills, while Makenzie Morgen added 10.
UMD (27-6) finishes the season making its 20th tournament appearance and 15th in the last 16 seasons.