Volleyball wins, moves onto regional championship

The St. Thomas volleyball team continued its playoff success Friday night with a 3-0 defeat over Luther College at the NCAA Regional Tournament in Oshkosh, Wis. The Tommies will advance to the regional championship tomorrow night.

Caption (File photo-Josh Kleven/TommieMedia)
St. Thomas continued its playoff success with a win over Luther in the second round and play Saturday in the regional championship. (File photo-Josh Kleven/TommieMedia)

The women opened the match with a 21-12 lead in the first set and held on to secure a 25-18 win. St. Thomas showed signs of trouble in the second set as the Tommies trailed late in the game 22-20. After a timeout called by coach Thanh Pham, the Tommies fought back, putting away the set at 27-25.

St. Thomas dominated in the third and final set and earned a 25-20 victory over the Norse. The win ends Luther’s first postseason appearance. St. Thomas advances to the regional finals for the third time in five seasons.

The Tommies outhit the Norse .222 to .088, with 44 kills to Luther’s 29. Junior Tori Jones led with 13 kills and junior Jill Osbourne added 10 as well. Senior Kyley Crotty contributed 14 digs and junior Emily Foster tallied 30 set assists.

Sally Schreiber can be reached at sfschreiber@stthomas.edu