Behind a raucous crowd of 1,000 strong, No. 20 Augustana volleyball (9-1, 2-0 NSIC) defeated the University of Sioux Falls (6-4, 0-2 NSIC) in four sets 25-20, 25-27, 25-20, 25-20.
The Vikings began the match against the Cougars in a quick, 3-0 hole but found their rhythm and rattled off five quick points. After Augustana had built a five point lead, USF stormed back to make it 13-12 Augustana. Following a timeout the Vikings got back into their groove to extend their lead to five at 20-15. The Vikings held on for a set one 25-20 set one victory.
Augustana looked like it was feeding off their great first set as they jumped out to a 3-1 lead but it didn't last long. USF tied the match at four before the Vikings eventually made it 12-8. Once again USF was able to cut into the Vikings lead and tie the match at 15. After USF took a 17-15 lead the set went back-and-forth. The Vikings were able to tie the set at 24 but USF would win the set 27-25.
In the third set Augustana got out to a 6-4 lead but USF didn't go away. With the set tied at 12 USF earned two straight points but Augustana rallied to score seven of the next eight points and take a 19-15 advantage. USF was able to get within three at 21-18 but Augustana was too much earning a 25-20 set three win.
Augustana earned the first point in set four but found themselves in a three point hole at 7-4. The deficit didn't phase Augustana as they battled to take a 12-10 lead. The Vikings then extended their lead to five but USF was able to cut it to one at 17-16. The Vikings didn't allow USF to get any closer than one point the rest of the way, earning a 25-20 set four win.