The University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagle Volleyball team was swept by #21 ranked Michigan Tech 3-0 (25-18, 25-12, 25-18) in a match played at Hallenbeck Hall on the campus of St. Cloud State University.

Michigan Tech jumped out to an 11-4 lead with a mix of kills and UMC errors. The Golden Eagles would settle down as the match progressed and slowly chipped away at the deficit climbing within a four-point deficit (18-14) after back-to-back kills from Sydney Kruisselbrink and Deaira Gresham. Michigan Tech finished the match strong and pulled away for a 25-18 victory to take a 1-0 lead in the match.

UMC jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second set, behind kills from Shelby Dunbar and Gresham and a Michigan Tech attack error. Michigan Tech bounced back with an 8-1 run to take an 8-4 lead and they continued to dominate the rest of the set on their way to a 25-12 victory to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

UMC jumped out to a 3-1 lead, but Michigan answered with a 3-1 run of their own to tie the set at 4-4. The teams were tied at 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, and 13. UMC rattled off four straight points with a service ace and three Tech attack errors. Michigan Tech answered with four straight points to tie the set at 17. UMC took an 18-17 lead after a Michigan Tech service error, but Tech finished the set and match by scoring the last eight points for a 25-18 victory to win the match 3-0.
UMC will wrap up their non-conference play with a match against the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology at 5:00 PM in St. Cloud. 

Box Score 1 2 3
UMC 18 12 18
Michigan Tech 25 25 25


Kills – Porsha Porath – 13, Sabrina Leuer – 5
Blocks – Kaitlin Sikkink – 2, Sabrina Leuer – 2
Assists – Sydney Kruisselbrink – 20
Digs – Katie Lienemann – 11, Sydney Kruisselbrink – 10
Aces – Porsha Porath – 1



After trading points back and forth to open the match, Minnesota Crookston turned an 8-7 deficit into a 12-8 lead with five staight points including two kills by Sydney Kruisselbrink. An attacking error briefly stalled UMC’s momentum for one point before the Golden Eagles took four more points including an ace by Katie Lienemann. Trailing 22-17, SDSM pulled within 22-19, but Minnesota Crookston proved too much in the first set winning 25-21.

Minnesota Crookston took an early 3-2 lead before South Dakota School of Mines  took three straight points gaining a 6-4 lead. The Golden Eagles tied the set with kills from Lauren Wallace and Porsha Porath at 9-9. Later in the set, Porath brought Minnesota Crookston within 15-13, before the Miners won five-straight points. UMC’s made the set interesting late as Katie Lienemann served an ace to pull within 23-22, but South Dakota Mines won the next two points to even the match with a 25-22 set win.

The Miners won the first three points of the first set and never looked back. That lead grew to 7-3 and 10-5. Minnesota Crookston won three-straight points to pull within 13-9. South Dakota School of Mines continued to keep their seperation, but the Golden Eagles rallied within 23-21, but the comeback came up short as the Miners won the next two points taking a 25-21 win and two sets to one lead.

The Golden Eagles took a 3-0 lead to open the fourth set. That lead grew to 7-3 after back to back kills from Porsha Porath. The Golden Eagles won four-straight points growing their advantage to 11-4 after another Porath kill. The Miners took three-straight points pulling within 11-7. However, Minnesota Crookston was determined to force a fifth set with a five-point run and later a four-point run helping the Golden Eagles close out a 25-13 set win.

Minnesota Crookston took a 2-0 lead in the final set before the Miners won their first point. Tied at 4-4, Kaitlin Sikkink earned a kill followed by a South Dakota Mines’ attacking error and Sydney Kruisselbrink  kill giving Minnesota Crookston a 7-4 win. The Miners pulled within 7-6, but the Golden Eagles took the next three points and a 10-6 lead. After Mines cut their deficit to 10-9, UMC found a way to close out the set with Lauren Wallace spiking the final kill to win 15-13. 

Box Score 1 2 3 4 5
UMC 25 22 21 25 15
S. D. School of Mines 21 25 25 13 13


Kills – Porsha Porath – 23, Lauren Wallace – 12, Sydney Kruisselbrink – 7
Blocks – Shelby Dunbar – 7, Lauren Wallace – 6, Sydeney Kruisselbrink – 5
Assists – Sydney Kruisselbrink – 38
Digs – Sydney Kruisselbrink – 14, Porsha Porath – 14, Alyssa Thomas – 12
Aces – Katie Lienemann – 3, Ali Schueler – 2, Sydney Kruisselbrink – 2