NCAA SPORTS ROUNDUP: No. 8 SMSU falls at No. 3 Duluth

DULUTH – No. 3-ranked Minnesota-Duluth defeated No. 8-ranked Southwest Minnesota State in straight sets during Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action Saturday.

The 19-25, 17-25, 17-25 loss moved the Mustangs to 18-6 overall and 13-3 in the NSIC. The Bulldogs improved to 24-2 overall and 14-2 in the NSIC.

The loss snaps SMSU’s three-match winning streak over Minnesota-Duluth, dating back to 2011.

The Mustangs were unable to slow down the high octane offense of the Bulldogs, who finished the match with a .345 hitting percentage. SMSU’s offense could not keep up as the Mustangs were held to a .115 hitting efficiency.

Monica Turner led the Bulldogs by collecting a match-high 14 kills on 25 attacks (.560), while NCAA-leading attacker Kate Lange finished with 11 kills on 31 attacks.

For SMSU, Abbey Thissen had 10 kills on 20 attacks.

The Mustangs managed just one block in the match while Minnesota-Duluth produced 11 – three solo, 16 block assists.

SMSU will return to the P.E. Gym at 7 p.m. Friday against Minot State and at 3 p.m. Saturday versus the University of Mary.





SERVING (ACES) – Southwest Minnesota State 3 (Whitney Burmeister 1, Claire Sames 1, Ellen Degler 1); Minnesota-Duluth 4 (Elizabeth Benusa 3, Sheenagh Caroline 1).

HITTING (KILLS-ATTACKS-ERRORS) – Southwest Minnesota State 34-122-20 (Abbey Thissen 10-20-3, Claire Sames 9-32-4, McKell Anderson 7-26-5, Whitney Burmeister 7-29-5, Nico Schmidt 1-3-0, Emilee Gutzmer 0-2-0, Rachel Westby 0-2-1, Sarah Parker 0-3-1, Jessica Thelemann 0-5-1); Minnesota-Duluth 46-110-8 (Monica Turner 14-25-0, Kate Lange 11-31-4, Maddy Sirion 8-16-1, Katie Ledwell 6-22-1, Sydnie Mauch 6-15-2, Ashley Hinsch 1-1-0).

DIGS – Southwest Minnesota State 48 (Rachel Westby 18, McKell Anderson 9, Whitney Burmeister 7, Emilee Gutzmer 5, Bailey Kirchhoff 2, Claire Sames 2, Abbey Thissen 1); Minnesota-Duluth 58 (Julie Rainey 19, Kate Lange 11, Katie Ledwell 8, Sheenagh Caroline 7, Elizabeth Benusa 4, Ashley Hinsch 3, Monica Turner 3, Maddy Sirion 3).

SET ASSISTS – Southwest Minnesota State 32 (Gutzmer 30, Whitney Burmeister 1, Sarah Parker 1); Minnesota-Duluth 46 (Ashley Hinsch 42, Julie Rainey 3, Monica Turner 1).

BLOCKS (SOLO-ASSISTED) – Southwest Minnesota State 1.0 (Ellen Degler 1-0); Minnesota-Duluth 11.0 (Sydnie Mauch 1-5, Kate Lange 1-2, Katie Ledwell 1-1, Maddy Sirion 0-4, Monica Turner 0-3, Ashley Hinsch 0-1).

Men’s Basketball

SMSU 96,

Wis.-Eau Claire 53

MARSHALL – Southwest Minnesota State had five players score in double figures and shot 61 percent from the field to earn a 96-53 victory over Wisconsin-Eau Claire in exhibition men’s basketball on Sunday at the R/A Facilty.

Matt Zager led the Mustangs with 19 points on 9 of 11 shooting and also added three rebounds and three steals in 18 minutes. Cole Martin came off the bench to score 16 points with three 3-pointers and grabbed five rebounds.

SMSU shot 66 percent in the first half and erased a 21-18 deficit with 12 minutes, 20 seconds left before the break with a 33-8 run to build a 51-29 halftime lead.

William Giddings (12), Shaun Condon (11) and M.J. Delmore (10) all scored in double figures for the Mustangs, while Joey Bartlett grabbed a game-high seven rebounds.

SMSU finished the game with a 41-26 advantage in rebounding and committed just nine turnovers.

Kurtis Moody led the Blugolds with 14 points on 5 of 6 shooting. UWEC shot 32 percent in the game, including just 29 percent from 3-point range.

Southwest Minnesota State now prepares for the 2013-14 regular season next weekend, hosting the SMSU Classic on Nov. 9-10. The Mustangs take on Fort Hays State, Kan., at 5 p.m. Saturday before playing Northwest Missouri State at 4 p.m. Sunday.


Daktronics Open

BROOKINGS, S.D. – The Southwest Minnesota State University wrestling team opened the 2013-14 season at the 21st annual Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open in Brookings on Sunday.

The all-day event was hosted by South Dakota State University and featured 35 NCAA Division I, Division II, and NAIA teams.

Justin Reinsma took fourth place at 133 pounds and finished the day with a record of 3-2. Reinsma defeated two Division I opponents in the process – Eric Wilson (Missouri) and Nathaniel Thomas (Minnesota).

Reinsma began the day with a 10-3 decision over Northern State’s Clayton Buchanan after receiving a bye in the first round. Reinsma followed that performance by edging out Wilson 6-5 in the quarterfinal bout.

Reinsma’s first hiccup of the day came against Jordan Northrup (unattached) in the semifinal round as Northrup won by fall at 3:21.

Reinsma was bumped down to the loser’s bracket and triumphed over Thomas 3-1. Reinsma failed to make it three defeats of Division I opponents as he fell by a 14-4 major decision to Nebraska’s Ben Morgan in the third place bout.

Codie Lane began his action at 157 pounds with a fall of Ryan Niven at 3:13 and followed the performance with an 8-4 decision over Mitch Rechtzigel (Augustana) in the quarterfinals.

Lane fell in the semis to Joseph LaVallee (Missouri) by a 15-2 major decision but worked his way to the seventh place bout by defeating fellow Mustang Jake Slocum 10-4.

Lane lost his next two bouts as he was defeated by Andrew Morse (Northern Illinois) and Colin Holler. Lane lost 10-7 to Holler in the seventh place bout and finished the day with a record of 3-3 to take eighth place.

Cole Wilson earned a fourth place finish at 285 pounds by going 5-2 on the day. His losses came at the hands of a single wrestler – Minnesota’s Michael Kroells. Wilson lost 5-0 in the quarterfinal round to Kroells after Wilson received a bye. Wilson later fell to Kroells 6-0 in the third place bout.

In between the losses, Wilson won five straight bouts to get to the third-place bout by defeating Ben Schnurr (Iowa Central CC) by fall at 0:51, Aaron Rafalko (Unattached) by major decision 9-0, Malcolm Allen (Iowa Central CC) by decision, 5-2, Nyle Bartling (Nebraska) by decision, 2-0 and Jared Torrence (Northern Illinois) by a 2-1 decision.

SMSU will take ten days off before beginning the 2013-14 home season on Nov. 13 when the Mustangs host Concordia College in a dual meet at Marshall.