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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Augustana continued its struggles with Concordia-St. Paul and lost to the second-ranked Golden Bears in straight sets 25-19, 25-18, 25-23.  The Vikings overall record falls to 16-9, 10-6 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action and CU improves to 20-3 on the season, 14-2 in NSIC competition.
 
Augustana falls to 1-16 all-time against Concordia-St. Paul including an 0-7 mark in NSIC games.  The Vikings remain in a logjam in the conference standings with their 10-6 NSIC record but are still in the top eight which would advance them to conference tournament.
 
The first set was tight until CU went on a 7-0 run and closed out the Vikings for a 25-19 set win.  Augustana and the Golden Bears were tied at 16-16 before the CU run began forcing the Vikings to use both timeouts.  Concordia-St. Paul hit .359 as a team in the first set but Holly Hafemeyer led the Vikings with five kills.
 
After playing to a 8-8 tie, the Golden Bears slowly put away the Vikings 25-18 in the second set.  CU hit .552 on 18 kills and just 2 errors while the Vikings hit .241 in the second set, but 1ith only 11 kills.  Taylor Hrdlichka carried the Vikings in the second with five error-free kills.
Several comeback attempts fell short for the Vikings in the third set and the Golden Bears took the match with a 25-23 third-set win.  Hrdlichka once again kept the Vikings in the set with seven kills in the third set and finished with 14 and a career-high .619 hitting percentage.
 
Hafemeyer was the only other Vikings to reach double-digit kills with 10 and was helped by Marissa Johnson's 33 set assists.  Courtney Ysker struggled offensively, but did scoop up 14 digs, a match high.  Four different Golden Bears tallied at least 10 kills and collectively hit .339 as a team.
 
The Vikings now host cross-town rival for a Thursday-night showdown at the Elmen Center on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.
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