UM-Morris makes quick work of MLC

NEW ULM — University of Minnesota-Minnesota took care of Martin Luther College in four sets, defeating MLC 26-24, 25-7, 23-25, 25-14 on Tuesday in Upper Midwest Athletic Conference volleyball action.

MLC’s Kira Grev achieved her 1,000th career dig on Tuesday. Grev entered the contest with 995 for her career, and finished the match with nine to push her past the milestone. She is the 10th player in MLC volleyball program history to reach the 1,000-digs milestone.

Earlier this season, Grev reached 1,000 career kills, becoming the fifth player in program history to reach that mark. She is now one of three players in program history to have at least 1,000 career kills and digs, joining Lisa Gawrisch (1997-2000) and Rebecca Engelbrecht (2010-13).

The Knights (13-14, 8-5 UMAC) were swept by the Cougars this year as the Cougars improved to 23-6 overall and 12-2 in the UMAC.

The teams went back and forth in the first set the Cougars led 13-10 and 17-14. The Knights eventually grabbed a 19-17 lead, but the Cougars tied the set at 24-24 before eventually taking it 26-24.

The Cougars dominated the second set, jumping out to a 6-1 lead. The lead continued to grow and they went on a 5-0 run at end to close it out.

The Knights played much better at the net in the third set, grabbing big leads of 21-15 and 23-19 before hanging on for the 25-23 win, but the Cougars were dominant again in the fourth set to take the 3-1 victory.

Jade St. Germaine had 10 kills and Grev finished with 9 kills. The Knights travel to Buena Vista on Wednesday.

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