Four set loss ends Harding’s season in NCAA Tournament

Harding Sports
Nathan Looney, Assistant Director of Sports Information 

KEARNEY, Neb. – The No. 8 seed Harding volleyball team fell to the ninth-ranked Concordia-St. Paul, the No. 4 seed, Friday 3-1 (19-25, 25-14, 25-14, 25-13) in the semifinals of the NCAA Central Region Tournament hosted by Nebraska-Kearney.

Harding defeated the host team and the third-ranked team Nebraska-Kearney Thursday to advance to the semifinals. It was Harding’s and the Great American Conference first ever win in the NCAA Tournament.

Harding ends its season with a 28-6 record and the loss snapped a 14 match winning streak.

Concordia-St. Paul improves to 24-8 overall and will play Washburn Saturday for the central region championship.

FIRST SET

Trailing 5-4 in the first set, Harding went on a 9-1 run to lead 13-6. Concordia-St. Paul pulled within two, 18-16, but the Lady Bisons went on a 7-3 run to win the set 25-19. Harding had 11 kills in the set and held the Golden Bears to hitting .048.

SECOND SET

Concordia-St. Paul bounced back and took a 9-3 lead in the second set. The Golden Bears went on to win the set 25-14. Concordia-St. Paul had 17 kills in the set.

THIRD SET

Concordia-St. Paul continued its momentum in to the third set when it jumped out to a 14-3 lead. The Golden Bears won the set 25-14. Concordia-St. Paul had 17 kills and hit .400 in the set.

FOURTH SET

Leading 12-7, Concordia-St. Paul went on an 8-0 run to lead 20-7. The Golden Bears won the set 25-13. Concordia-St. Paul had 18 kills and hit .333 in the set.

STATS

Harding

Zoe Hardin led Harding with nine kills and six blocks.

Katherine Cowart and Taylor Lake each had nine digs.

Rachel Heussner had 23 assists, eight digs and four blocks.

– Harding hit .106 in the match.

Concordia-St. Paul

– Kennedy Brady had 27 kills for the Golden Bears.

– Sara Macek had 16 kills and Brooklyn Lewis had 11 kills.

– Tori Hanson had 19 digs.

– Concordia-St. Paul had 64 kills, 30 attack errors and hit .234.

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