Rams Finish NCU Invitational With 2-2 Record

Rams Finish NCU Invitational With 2-2 Record

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - After two full days of volleyball at the NCU Volleyball Invitational, Rams fans were further exposed to the new look Rams of 2018 as they went 2-2 on the weekend. Coach Ooms squad continues to show a fire and grit to attack every match with excellent effort. Although the Rams weren't quite as sharp as the previous night's match versus Providence, they did play solid volleyball in route to the 1-1 record on day two. In the first match of the afternoon, they would go five sets before falling 14-16 in the fifth and deciding set. In the second match, the Rams would find redemption in a solid team effort against Oak Hills that resulted in a 3-1 victory.

Match Vitals:

• The Rams were led to a season-high 58 kills against Faith Baptist Bible College by Emma Middendorf (14 kills) in their narrow defeat.

Maddie Stocker followed up her record-breaking 35 digs against Providence with 31 digs versus Faith Baptist Bible College and 34 digs against Oak Hills Christian College. In total, she recorded 115 digs over the course of the weekend.

Emma Middendorf really came on strong with a team-leading 31 kills on day two of the NCU Invitational. Also helping lead the attack was Emily DiGiorgio with 22 kills on the day.

Match Recaps:

• The first match of the day would prove to be a heart-breaker as NCU would lose in the final set of five by a score of 14-16. They were led by seniors Emma Middendorf (14 kills), Bekah Parker (25 assists and 6 digs), and Maddie Stocker (31 digs). Other major contributors included Emily DiGiorgio (13 kills and 4 blocks), freshman Hannah Fischer (7 kills, 13 assists, and 19 digs), and Alice Cato (12 kills and 3 digs).

• After suffering a tough loss, the Rams showed mental toughness by regrouping and taking care of Oak Hills Christian College. The match was won in four sets as the Rams dominated every major statistical category during the match. Perhaps none was more impressive than Emma Middendorf's .515 kill percentage on her way to 17 kills on the match. The solid front line play helped the Rams to put pressure on Oak Hills from the very first serve onwards.

Key Performers:

Maddie Stocker - 66 digs on the day.

Emma Middendorf - 31 kills on the day.

Bekah Parker - 50 assists on the day.

Next Up:

The Rams are back in action next Saturday as they play host to UW-Superior (2:00PM) and Bethany-Lutheran (6:00PM) in the first UMAC contests of the year. 

MEDIA: If you need further information, please contact Justin Brown at 612-343-3539 or email jdbrown@northcentral.edu.