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Softball Fall Preview with Paula U'Ren

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09/20/2018 - 1:20 AM

Softball Fall Preview with Paula U'Ren
Softball Head Coach Paula U'Ren

The SCSU Softball team announced today their captains for the upcoming 2018-2019 season. Seniors Kate Kopeck, Bradi Yost, and Morgan Emmans were informed by Head Coach Paula U’Ren on Wednesday of the voting results and will be the trio of captains that will lead the Huskies into their promising season ahead.

 

The captaincies were voted upon by the team and coaching staff and it seemed that after counting the votes that everyone agreed that the veteran experience on the team translated over to the be the best options for team leadership.

 

“It was great to see that the team had the same idea that our seniors are the leaders on our team…they take a lot of ownership in the program and they know how to play the Husky softball way” U’Ren told KVSC.

 

SCSU has already gotten their exhibition season in the fall under way and will continue to do so with a game against the University of Minnesota later this month on Sep. 28th, followed up with their Alumni game on Sep. 29th and then concluded by a game facing the Minnesota Moose on Sep. 30th.

 

KVSC Sports Director AJ Fredrickson had a chance to sit down with Head Coach Paula U’Ren to discuss her thoughts on what she’s seen so far and to preview the rest of the fall for the Huskies.

 

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SCSU Soccer Earn First Road Victory of Season

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09/17/2018 - 9:00 PM

SCSU Soccer Earn First Road Victory of Season
Junior Emma Von Donselaar - (Photo Credit SCSU Athletics)

The St. Cloud State University, Women's soccer team, went on the road for their first road trip in the 2018 season, falling on Friday, September 14th in Bemidji 3-2 but bouncing back Sunday, September 16th with a 1-0 win over Crookston.

Friday, the Huskies traveled to battle #14 Bemidji State, who is a firm favorite in NSIC play this year.

 

Rachel Norton for Bemidji State opened the scoring with a brace of goals, scoring in the 12th and 49th minute of action giving the Beavers a 2-0 lead. Early in the 2nd half, BSU would extend their lead to 3 with a goal from Dani Nelson.

 

The Huskies would response, finding two more goals before the game would end. Maria Witte would knock in a pair of penalty kicks to pull the Huskies within one, but that would not be enough for St. Cloud State. The Beavers would win the match 3-2. St. Cloud State would fall to 1-1 in NSIC on the 2018 season.

 

It only took one goal for the Huskies on Sunday to knock off NSIC foe Minnesota Crookston. In the 52nd minute, freshman forward Claire Shea found the back of the net on a pass from Sara Magno, and the Huskies would hold onto that lead for a 1-0 win and three points on the road. Freshman Goalkeeper Zoe Welsh earned her first shutout of the season.

 

The Huskies are back home in St. Cloud this week for a pair of NSIC matches, hosting Concordia-St. Paul on Friday at 1pm, then #17 Minnesota-State Mankato on Sunday.

 

Follow KVSC Sports on twitter @KVSCSports and tune in to this weekend's matches on the KVSC Sports Stream.

 

KVSC Sports is your home for complete SCSU athletics coverage all season long!

 

Rachel's Fourth Straight Double-Double Propels SCSU Over Minot State

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09/16/2018 - 10:00 AM

Rachel's Fourth Straight Double-Double Propels SCSU Over Minot State
Rachel put up 19 kills and 13 digs to continue her streak

 St. Cloud State Volleyball (9-2, 5-0) saw freshman Lindsey Rachel notch her fourth consecutive double-double en route to a 3-1 match victory over the Minot State Beavers (6-7, 1-4), 25-18, 25-11, 17-25, and 25-20.

The double-double was Rachel's seventh overall through 11 matches, and her sixth in her past seven. She tied a career-high with 19 kills while hitting .395 and racking up 13 digs.

Redshirt sophomore Abby Templin hit .321 to add 10 kills, including a 7-0-14 line in the fourth set, and senior Krista Kuglin hit .320 on her way to 10 kills. Sophomore setter Maddy Torve posted a career-high 53 assists in the match.

Minot State's Hayley Swain, Shelby Spuller, and Katie Dufner each posted 10 kills. Dufner had recorded zero kills on the season coming into the match.

The Huskies return to Halenbeck Hall on Friday at 6:00 p.m. against nationally-ranked Northern State, with Husky Den Pregame beginning on the KVSC Sports Stream at 5:45 p.m.

Box Score

Houle’s 9 Kills, Krenz’ Defense Leads Huskies Past Mary in Gritty Match

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09/14/2018 - 10:00 PM

Houle’s 9 Kills, Krenz’ Defense Leads Huskies Past Mary in Gritty Match
Houle posted a career-high 9 kills
The St. Cloud State Huskies (8-2, 4-0) receives a career-high 9 kills from true freshman Rachel Hoyle in their gutsy sweep over the U-Mary Marauders (3-9, 0-4) on Friday night, 25-23, 25-18, and 25-20.
 
SCSU struggled offensively against Mary’s high-flying defense and block all night, but kept grinding to record 70 digs on the night. Junior libero Clara Krenz posted a team-high 24 digs.
 
Linsey Rachel recorded her fifth double-double of the year with 12 kills and a career-high 20 digs, while Erin Navratil added 9 kills.
 
The Marauders were led by Katja Berge’s 9 kills and Natalia Cruz’ career mark of 20 digs.
 
The Huskies return to action on Saturday afternoon at 12:00 p.m. with a match against Minot State. That match can be heard on the KVSC Sports Stream, with Husky Den Pregame at 11:45 a.m.
 
Box Score
 
 

SCSU Football Shut Down by #16 UMD

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09/14/2018 - 10:00 AM

SCSU Football Shut Down by #16 UMD
Junior Quarterback Dwayne Lawhorn - Photo Credit SCSU Athletics

The St. Cloud State University Huskies hosted one of the biggest conference games of the seson Thursday night.  The University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs and Huskies came into the game undefeated at 2-0.  UMD is known as one of the power houses of the NSIC, and the Huskies were looking to upset the #16 team in the nation.  Unfortunately for the Huskies, UMD had other plans in mind.

 

Duluth won the toss, but decided to defer giving St. Cloud the ball.  The Huskies first two plays of the game looked promising, but on the third play, Dwayne Lawhorn threw an interception to Tareq Abulebbeh, who was later ejected.  The two teams then traded three and out drives, but UMD would soon break the zeros on the scoreboard as Bryce Heim would run the ball in from the two-yard line.  The Bulldogs led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.

 

Toward the end of the first quarter, UMD started a drive that would result in another seven points for the Bulldogs.  On this drive, Duluth went 59 yards in seven minutes.  The Huskies had the Bulldogs stopped multiple times on this drive, but Curt Wiese and the UMD staff went for it on fourth down twice converting both times.  Scoring on this drive, UMD star running back Wade Sullivan to make it 14-0 Bulldogs.

 

The Huskies looked to have had the Bulldogs stopped at third and long at about midfield.  The Huskies defense could not find astop as reigning NSIC Offensive Player of the Week, John Larson, lobbed up a ball to his favorite receiver, Jason Balts, to connect for a 48-yard touchdown. 

 

For the first time all night, the Huskies were able to spark some life into Husky Stadium on their second drive of the second quarter.  The Bulldogs defense had the Huskies on their own 25-yard line with a third and long, but the Huskies picked up the first down on a 42-yard rush by Gregory Lewis.  The referees had a big part in this drive going forward as there was a pass interference call and a personal foul to get the ball up to the 9-yard line.  Once the Huskies hit the red zone, Dwayne Lawhorn threw to Nathan Gizma for a touchdown. The Huskies were then down 21-7.

 

After the touchdown, the Huskies defense came out and stopped the UMD offense and forced a  punt.  It seemed the Huskies had all the momentum, but on the first play of the drive, Curtwan Evans had the ball knocked loose and UMD came out of the pile with the ball.  Two plays later, John Larson scampered in from the 9-yard line for a touchdown for the Bulldogs.  UMD’s kicker, Dan Branger, missed the extra point keeping the score at 27-7.

 

On the first play of Duluth’s next drive, Larson threw an interception brought in by Jack Horter. The Huskies would have the next three minutes to make something out of this Bulldog mistake. Two players for the Huskies jumped backing the Huskies up five yards where the Huskies were then held up for the next two plays. This forced the Huskies to bring out reigning NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week, Adam Stage for the 32 yard field goal attempt.  Stage put the ball through the uprights to make the score 27-10 going into halftime.

 

The Bulldogs started the second half with the ball. Quarterback John Larson showed his elusive skill of running the ball by scrambling around for two first downs, but the Huskies ended up stopping them around midfield.  On the punt, a Husky on the punt coverage team hit the punter after the punt was out giving the Bulldogs a first down.  This gave the Bulldogs a lot of momentum as the drive ended up with another 7 points on the board as Larson threw a 20-yard dot to Nate Ricci which made it 34-10 Duluth.

 

After the Huskies held the ball for four minutes, they ended up punting where Ricci almost got loose on the return. UMD controlled ball around midfield.  The Bulldogs took only two and a half minutes to put another seven on the board with the biggest play of the drive being a 32-yard pass from Larson to Ricci to put the ball in the red zone.  After they got the ball in the red zone, Wade Sullivan put the ball in the end zone for his second touchdown of the day.  The Bulldogs led 41-10 at the end of the third quarter.

 

The Huskies got the offense going right at the beginning of the fourth quarter as Lawhorn threw to Anthony Carver for a 38-yard pass to get SCSU into the Bulldogs half of the field.  The Huskies decided to go for it on fourth down on the 28-yard line and it ended up working out for them. Lawhorn threw to John Pass for 12 yards to get the ball inside the red zone.  Curtwan Evans ran the ball up the middle for a touchdown.  Stage completed the PAT to make the score 41-17.

 

The teams ended up trading possessions throughout the last ten minutes of the game.  The Huskies could not get anything going against this powerful UMD offense as they continually brought the ball down the field and scored.  There was not much that our defense could do to stop Larson and Co.  When the Huskies got the ball, they would make some progress, but ended up punting on the majority of drives.  The Huskies gained under 200 yards on offense.  This Duluth team is just straight up better than the Huskies.

 

FINAL SCORE

#16 University of Minnesota-Duluth 41

St. Cloud State University 17

 

What’s next for the Huskies?

 

Next week the Huskies will travel to Aberdeen, South Dakota, to face the Northern State Wolves.  The Wolves are currently 1-1 and play Minnesota State-Moorhead on Saturday afternoon.  This should be a good test for the Huskies, but they will have to watch out for the Northern State running back duo of Kelly and Maxwell.  They combine to average over 150 yards per game.  The Huskies will also have to watch out for the combo of Trautman throwing to Streit.  This connection has scored in each of their first two games and this duo averages around 80 yards per game through the air. 

 

Huskies Volleyball Upsets No. 6 UMD in Straight Sets

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09/11/2018 - 9:15 PM

Huskies Volleyball Upsets No. 6 UMD in Straight Sets
Linsey Rachel Posted Her Fifth Double-Double of the Season in the Win

 Since 1995, St. Cloud State had failed to notch a match victory over the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

That streak was snapped on Tuesday as the Huskies (7-2, 3-0) upset the #6 Bulldogs (8-3, 2-1) in straight sets, 25-22, 25-17, and 25-19. The ranked victory marked the second time the Huskies have defeated a Top-25 team in the Chad Braegelmann era.

True freshman Linsey Rachel recorded her fifth double-double of the season in the match, piling up 17 kills and 10 digs on a .455 hitting percentage. Sophomore setter Maddy Torve recorded a double-double of her own with 37 assists and 10 digs. Senior Krista Kuglin thumped down 10 kills, while sophomore Erin Navratil added 9. Micah Nier, Marah Mulso, and Navratil each posted 2 blocks on the defensive end, while Clara Krenz racked up 15 digs.

The Huskies first set victory over UMD broke a 32-game set losing streak to the Bulldogs, with the last win coming in 2012.

SCSU outhit the Bulldogs .270 to .123. The passing was stupendous all night long on the St. Cloud State side, allowing Torve to record better than 12 assists per set.

Makenzie Morgen led UMD with 13 kills on .294, while Hanna Meyer added 9 kills on .269 hitting.

The Huskies continue their NSIC season with a Friday night match on September 14 at the University of Mary at 6:00 p.m. The match can be heard on the KVSC Sports Stream, with Husky Den Pregame at 5:45 p.m.

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SCSU Soccer Stuns UMD in Overtime

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09/11/2018 - 12:00 PM

SCSU Soccer Stuns UMD in Overtime
Junior Forward Hannah Marion - Photo Credit SCSU Athletics

Critical conference points were on the line for the St. Cloud State University women’s soccer team on Sunday night in St. Cloud.  It took longer than 90 minutes, but it was St. Cloud State that was on the end of the winning score line defeating the University of Minensota-Duluth 2-1 in overtime.

The Huskies came out with great energy in the opening moments of the contest, and it resulted in a corner kick goal in the 2nd minute. SCSU junior Brook Bares laced a lovely corner kick to the near post that found junior forward Hannah Marion on the end of the pass for the game’s first goal to put the Huskies up 1-0.

 

During the remaining minutes of the first half, SCSU controlled the pace of play. UMD went into the half with some confidence and leading the shots on goal category 8-3.

 

UMD came out strong in the second half, certainly hungry for the equalizing goal. But a tackle on SCSU forward Maria Kass by UMD defender Erika Hjort drew a red card from the official on UMD’s Hjort, putting the Bulldogs down a player for the remainder of the game.

 

Two minutes later, junior forward Nan Glinsek lobbed a shot a few yards outside of the box that sailed over the hands of freshman SCSU goalkeeper Zoe Welsh. That goal would tie the game at 1-1.

 

Despite a quality late chance by the Huskies, 90 minutes were gone in the contest. Still tied at 1-1, the critical conference game was sent into overtime.

 

Three minutes into the overtime possession, the Huskies used a take away in the midfield to develop a scoring chance finding junior Monica Majeski who slipped a beautiful touch in front of UMD goal keeper Sisley Ng. Hannah Marion was at the end of the pass and tapped it into the goal that sealed the win for St. Cloud State.

 

Freshman goal keeper Zoe Welsh was strong in net for the Huskies, featuring a total of nine saves and picking up the victory.  Hannah Marion collected both goals in the contest for St. Cloud State and also led in shots with 5 total.

 

The Huskies will look ahead to a pair of NSIC match ups on the road, Friday September 14 against  #23 Bemidji State at 3pm and Sunday September 16 versus the University of Minnesota - Crookston at 1pm. 

 

Stay tuned to KVSC Sports all season long for coverage of SCSU Soccer and all SCSU athletics!

 

Huskies Football Soars Over Crookston

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09/10/2018 - 1:00 AM

Huskies Football Soars Over Crookston
Senior RB Greg Lewis - Photo Credit SCSU Athletics

The St. Cloud State football team improved to a record of 2-0 this past weekend with a dominating 44-14 win over the University of Minnesota-Crookston.

The Huskies traveled to Crookston with a 1-0 record after a 14-13 thrilling win over the University of Mary to open the season in week 1. Saturday’s game against UMC was  an entirely different contest, as the Huskies lit up the stats sheet and ran all over the Golden Eagles on offense and the defense stifled Crookston offensively.

Junior quarterback Dwayne Lawhorn had a career-high day in Crookston, posting a remarkable 333 yards through the air on a total of 16 completions. He also threw for 3 touchdowns, two of those going to senior wide receiver John Pass. Pass would end the contest with 168 yards receiving to lead the Huskies.

 

The scoring spree would start early in the game, as sophomore Adam Stage would kick a 46-yard field goal to make it 3-0. Defensively, St. Cloud State would force a pair of punts that would be followed up by a 5-play 54-yard touchdown drive as it finished with a Lawhorn pass finding senior John Pass for 27 yards. The score would give them a 10-0 lead over UMC.

 

Crookston would respond to the Huskies score, as they put together a scoring drive of their own on 9 plays for 75 yards. Junior running back Jalin Scott would finish the drive with a 27 yard touchdown run to cut the Huskies lead to 10-7.

 

It would not take long into the second quarter as the Huskies would kick into full gear. Adam Stage hit his second field goal of the game making the score 13-7 early in the 2nd quarter. The scoring would not stop there, as the St. Cloud State offense would push the lead to 20-7 after an 11 play 80-yard drive was finished by senior Greg Lewis running it into the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown.

 

Scoring trends would remain for the Huskies scoring efforts, as junior running back Curtwan Evans would get himself on the score sheet in the 3rd quarter with a touchdown run of 6 yards.Quarterback Dwayne Lawhorn connected with sophomore wide receiver Tanner Teige for a big gain of 34 yards. With 5:40 remaining in the 3rd quarter, the Huskies were in full control with a 27-7 lead.

Crookston showed life instantly after the Huskies touchdown, as freshman quarterback Tristin Robbins tossed it to freshman wide receiver Andy Groebner for a 70-yard touchdown pass. It seemed the Golden Eagles had life with the score at 27-14 late in the third quarter.

 

St. Cloud State’s hot offense would shine again moments later. Lawhorn would throw his own 70-yard touchdown pass on the third play of the new drive. Junior John Solberg was on the end of the pass and sprinted for the score.  The touchdown response took the life out of Minnesota Crookston, as the Golden Eagles were trailing St. Cloud Sate 34-14.

 

A twenty point lead to begin the fourth quarter had the Huskies feeling the reality of a 2-0 record, but they were not finished in the scoring category. Another explosive offensive play on a pass from Dwayne Lawhorn would grow the Huskies lead to 41-14 with 8:09 to go in the fourth quarter. Senior John Pass was on the receiving end of the score, collecting his second touchdown catch of the day.

 

After a difficult opening performance versus Mary, sophomore kicker Adam Stage would respond against Crookston going 3-3 on field goals. His final field goal was from 47 yards, to cap off the St. Cloud State 44-14 victory over the Golden Eagles.

 

With the offense stealing the headlines, the defensive effort was also very prevalent for the Huskies. Senior defensive back Jamari Manuel earned his first interception of the season, along with freshman Tyler Turriff tallying a forced fumble as well. Junior defensive end Ferris Ingraham also collected a season-high 9 tackles and a forced fumble in the win over Crookston.

 

SCSU moves to a record of 2-0 overall and 2-0 in NSIC conference play. St. Cloud State shifts their focus to a massive game at Husky Stadium Thursday night, September 13th, as they host #16 University of Minnesota-Duluth in a primetime NSIC matchup. Kickoff at Husky Stadium Thursday is set for 7pm.

 

Tune into KVSC 88.1fm Thursday night for complete game coverage, as the Huskies look to upset the ranked Bulldogs at Husky Stadium. Coverage begins at 5:45pm with kickoff at 6pm. The game will also be streamed live on KVSC.org.

 

Stay tuned to all of the coverage of SCSU sports at kvsc.org/sports and follow @KVSCSports on Twitter.

 

Huskies Fall, Earn Draw to Open Season

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09/05/2018 - 4:00 PM

Huskies Fall, Earn Draw to Open Season
Sophmore Forward Kate Murphy - Photo Credit SCSU Athletics

 

The St. Cloud State Women’s Soccer team opened the 2018 season with a pair of matches on the road in Michigan. The Huskies fell to Northern Michigan University 2-1 on Thursday, August 31st. They bounced back to earn a draw two days later against Michigan Tech 2-2.

 

On Thursday vs. NMU, freshman defender Grace Butler earned State’s only goal in the contest. Butler is from Lakeville, MN and is looking to be a big impact to the Huskies 2018 season not only on the back line, but also in the offensive production.

 

The Huskies looked to bounce back after Thursday’s loss vs. NMU, and came out strong against Michigan Tech on Saturday. Senior forward Maria Kass scored a pair of goals within 7 minutes of the match, but ultimately it was Michigan Tech that came roaring back to tie the match at 2-2. The contest would go into overtime, with neither team finding the back of the net.

 

St. Cloud State finished the road trip to Michigan 0-1-1, but the tough schedule to 2018 does not end there. The Huskies travel to Warrensburg, Missouri to square off with #1 ranked Central Missouri in a big test. Central Missouri are the defending national champions, so St. Cloud State will have the spotlight on them when they battle Central Missouri who finished 23-0-0 last season along with the national championship crown.

 

The Huskies have a critical NSIC opening match against the University of Minnesota-Duluth on Sunday, September 9th at 7pm. Make sure to tune into the KVSC Sports Stream for all of the coverage of SCSU soccer! You can hear every Husky home match LIVE! Coverage begins at 6:50pm Sunday night with kickoff at 7pm from Husky Stadium.

 

Make sure to also follow KVSCSports on Twitter for up to date coverage of all SCSU athletics!

Huskies top Mary in 14-13 Thriller to open Season

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08/31/2018 - 4:00 AM

The St. Cloud State Huskies Football opened the 2018 regular football season with a thrilling 14-13 win over the University of Mary on Thursday night at Husky Stadium.

In the first quarter, it appeared both teams were getting some rust shaken off them from the offseason, as both offensives missed crucial scoring chances and three total turnovers were commited by both teams. Mary Junior quarterback Jordan Velarde had two fumbles recovered by St. Cloud State, and SCSU quarterback Dwayne Lawhorn was intercepted by the Mary defense on a promising drive.

After a scoreless first quarter, the scoring got started in the second quarter after Mary quarterback Jordan Velarde found an opening on the right side of the field and ran the ball in for a touchdown nearly untouched. A Brody Riggs kick would make the score 7-0 in favor of Mary, and Husky Stadium was silenced by SCSU trailing.

Headed into the second half, it was critical for the Huskies to find a response on either side of the ball. Late in the 3rd quarter the Huskies would find that answer as Lawhorn found senior wide reciever John Solberg in the end zone for the game tying touchdown.

Despite a little momentum for the Huskies, it did not bother the Marauders offense which came storming back to the field with a touchdown drive of their own. A seven play seventy-four yard drive gave Mary a 13-7. They failed a two point conversion attempt.

Going into the fourth quarter, both teams traded punts until late in the quarter. The Huskies offense had all the pressure on them to find a victory for the Huskies, and it quickly turned into the Dwayne Lawhorn to John Solberg show. 

Solberg alone on that drive had fifty nine yards reciveing through the air. After a pair of Solberg catches, it set the Huskies up for a 2nd down and 10 from the Mary 15 yard line. With Husky stadium holding their breath, junior quarterback Lawhorn rolled to his right and found Solberg in the back of the end zone for the game tying touchdown.

Sophomore Adam Stage would knock through what would be the game winning extra point to seal the victory for the Huskies.

The thrilling 14-13 win for the Huskies marks them at a record of 1-0 to begin the 2018 season. St. Cloud State is now 13-0 all time against the University of Mary.

St. Cloud State will get back to work this coming week, as they head on the road for a week two battle with Minnesota-Crookston on September 8th, with kickoff set for 1pm. 

 

St. Cloud State Football Season Preview

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08/30/2018 - 12:00 PM

 

Huskies kick off the season vs. The University of Mary on Aug. 30

 

The St. Cloud State University Football team returns to the gridiron for the 2018 season, beginning with their first contest hosting the University of Mary on August 30th at 6 pm.

 

The Huskies feature a small senior class headed into the 2018 season with only seven players in their final year. Despite the small group, the seniors will be looked upon to play a crucial role throughout the season against a tough NSIC North schedule.

 

On the offensive side of the ball, senior running back Gregory Lewis will look to be the charging force of the run game for the Huskies. Junior quarterback Dwayne Lawhorn is back healthy after battling an injury last season. Huskies head coach Scott Underwood made it clear in the offseason that Lawhorn is healthy and ready to lead the offense. Wide receivers John Pass and John Solberg will look to be threats to

opposing defense through the air, along with tight end Sam Hartmann who will contribute as a large frame to the passing game for the Huskies.

 

In 2017 the defense shined in the NSIC. With a challenging schedule ahead, first-year defensive coordinator Mark Sipple will have a solid group of talent to work with a group of game-changing playmakers.  Defensive backs Jamari Manuel and Jack Horter will lead as seniors looking to be a shutdown force to opponents this year. Senior Jake Schley had ten starts out of eleven games on the defensive line last season for the Huskies and leads a group up front that will look to improve against the run and pressuring quarterbacks around the league.

           

The Huskies football team features more than just key returning names on the offense and defense. Sophomore Adam Stage is looking to repeat his freshman year in the kicking game, posting outstanding numbers for the Huskies special teams. Stage went 11-15 on field goals and featured an almost perfect point after attempt stat, finishing the year at 35-36 which made him the highest scoring player last season for the Huskies.

            Head coach Scott Underwood is entering his 11th season at the helm of St. Cloud State football. Underwood goes into the 2018 regular season with a record of 75-41 overall. While in charge of the Huskies, he has led the team to three NCAA tournaments in 2010, 2011 and 2013.

 

 Opening the 2018 season at home, SCSU will host Mary at before heading on the road in week two to battle Crookston. Returning home will be a Thursday night clash against one of the favorites in the NSIC North University of Minnesota-Duluth. The following two weeks will be a difficult road test against Northern State and Minnesota State Mankato, last season's NSIC overall champions. Homecoming will return to the campus of St. Cloud State University, and Huskies football will showcase in the activities hosting Upper Iowa at 1 pm on October 20th.  A pair of home games and then two more on the road is how the Huskies will wrap up the regular season.

 

KVSC 88.1 FM will have LIVE coverage of St. Cloud State’s home opener vs. Mary on August 30th at 6pm. Be sure to follow kvsc.org/sports all season long to follow the Huskies and check the KVSC Sports Stream schedule for all upcoming broadcasts.

 

Follow KVSC Sports on Twitter @KVSCSports for updates of all SCSU Athletics.

SCSU Huskies Volleyball Poised for Promising 2018 Campaign

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08/22/2018 - 2:00 PM

SCSU Huskies Volleyball Poised for Promising 2018 Campaign

When the dust settled on the 2017 St. Cloud State Volleyball season, the rebuilding program had reached heights untouched by the Huskies for years. The team’s 16-14 overall record marked the first time the program finished over .500 since the 2004 season, breaking a streak of 12 consecutive seasons finishing .500 or worse. That mark also stood as a 8-win improvement from the year prior.

The Huskies also earned their first victory against a Top-25 team in well over a decade, sweeping #18 Wayne State in a match on September 23. Then-sophomore libero Clara Krenz earned her first All-NSIC selection, being named to the Second Team after leading the NSIC with 5.92 digs per set and helping the Huskies improve their hitting percentage defense by a whopping 55 points. Her selection stood as the first since fellow Libero Brianne Stamer was named All-NSIC in 2015. The Krenz-led defense finished third in the conference with 17.26 digs per set. Progression was certainly a theme of 2017, and the Huskies look forward to a promising 2018 season in Year Four of the Chad Braegelmann era.


St. Cloud State’s preseason has been full of competition, as the program brings back a young, athletic roster. The Huskies have 2 seniors, 4 juniors, 2 redshirt sophomores, sophomores, and 6 freshmen on roster. The Huskies must replace three graduated starters in outside hitter Nicole Miller, rightside Becca Gruber, and setter Kayla Crane. Gruber and Miller finished first and second respectively in both kills and attack attempts, leaving a great deal of available swings for the young Huskies hitters. Crane shared court time with Maddy Torve in SCSU’s 6-2 rotation, which means Braegelmann will decide whether or not to move to a 5-1 in 2018. Braegelmann praised his roster’s hard work as the team prepares to open their season at the Hawaii Hilo Tournament on August 23.


“I like the athleticism, I like the skill level, I like the way they compete and their intention in practice to get better every day.”


Our preview of the 2018 Roster begins with the biggest question mark for the Huskies: the offense. As mentioned previously, SCSU must replace a combined 1,509 attack attempts from the graduated Becca Gruber and Nicole Miller. Senior rightside Krista Kuglin and redshirt sophomore outside Abby Templin project as the starters at the pins for the Huskies, with sophomores Erin Navratil and Bekah Miller returning to boost the attack. Freshmen Linsey Rachel, Bella Erne, and Rachel Houle also give St. Cloud State even more weapons to work with. Kuglin brings 380 career kills into her senior year, and showed off markedly improved consistency as a junior with a .151 hitting percentage, more than doubling her 2016 clip. Braegelmann noted that she has shown off great swings in the preseason.

Templin finished third on the team in 2017 with 1.89 kills per set on a .168 hitting percentage in her redshirt freshman season. Fans will certainly remember her 14 kill performance against U-Mary on October 20, one of the many outings that flashed her potential. As Nicole Miller transitioned to more of a defensive role late last season, Navratil found herself receiving plenty of swings on the outside. She averaged 3.22 kills/set over a span of 3 matches in late October to early November, and her thunderous arm gives SCSU a serious thumper at the pins.

That three match hot stretch was kicked off with a 10-12 double-double against MSUM on October 28th. Bekah Miller battled injuries throughout her freshman season, but with a healthy 2018 fans can look forward to a great deal of potential from the 6’0 outside. Miller pounded down 757 kills in her high school career, and her 304 prep blocks show an ability to provide the Huskies with improved defense on the outside.

True freshman and Miss. Baden finalist Linsey Rachel brings a jaw- dropping list of prep accolades to the table for SCSU, being named both All-Conference and Team MVP a whopping 5 times at Maple Lake, thrice named Conference Player of the Year, and earning three selections to the MSHSL All-State Team in Class AA. Bella Erne was twice named a team captain and All-Conference at Blaine high school, adding experience at the National level with a championship run with the Northern Lights in 2017. Rightside Rachel Houle was named All-Conference three times at Stillwater and earned an All-State nod.


St. Cloud State brings back their entire group of middles from 2017, led by senior Micah Nier and junior Marah Mulso. Braegelmann mentioned Nier as one of the offensive leaders for SCSU, and she will certainly be leaned upon for scoring. A mid-season slump slowed Nier a tad in 2017, but she finished strong, avoiding a negative hitting percentage in her final 11 matches to close out the year hitting .206. More consistency in setting to the middle would bode well for a big senior year from Nier. Mulso is a career .205 hitter, and serves as another veteran presence alongside Nier up front for the Huskies. Junior Halle Hughes has found success in limited court time in the past, and her stellar athleticism and a full season playing in the middle give her a great chance at a breakout junior season.

Redshirt sophomore Abol Barnaba has given the Huskies a significant weapon with her powerful swing from the middle, coming in late in matches against Sioux Falls (5 kills/10 swings) and Mankato (6 kills/10 swings) to provide an offensive spark in the two wins. She has battled significant injuries in her two years at SCSU, and if she is able to be fully healthy she could be a serious threat inside. Sarah Colden missed most of 2017 with an injury, but has serious defensive chops and can provide great depth once she’s healthy. Allison Naughton joins SCSU for her true freshman season, and will flash plenty of potential after an outstanding prep career in Des Moines.


The Huskies ran a 6-2 rotation in 2017, running with rightside/setter pairings of Becca Gruber/ Kayla Crane and Krista Kuglin/Maddy Torve. With Crane graduated, Braegelmann will have the ability to decide whether or not to move to a 5-1 or stick with the 6-2. Torve put together an excellent freshman season, posting 4.91 assists per set, 18 aces, and 1.36 digs per set. The 5’11 setter posted a pair of double- doubles in 2018, and her length gives SCSU versatility should they choose to move to the 5-1.

Speaking of versatility, true freshman Madison Hucky has the ability to both set and play the right side as an attacker, as she joins the Huskies after a career at Mayer Lutheran, being named All-Conference four times and earning an All-State accolade. “Defense has been one of our pillars of success these last couple years, the ability to frustrate opponents, keep the ball off the ground and give our attackers more chances to score has been key...” said Braegelmann.


The Huskies defense took major steps forward in 2017, finishing the aforementioned third in the NSIC in digs per set, and allowing the sixth-fewest kills per set. The back row starts with one of the most dominant liberos in program history: All-NSIC junior Clara Krenz. Krenz sits at seventh all-time in the SCSU record books in career digs, on pace to shatter the program record. Braegelmann praised the talents of arguably the NSIC’s best libero.


“Well, you just get that continued consistency. You talk about practice every day; kids can have really great days, but it’s (the question is) always ‘How bad are the bad days?’ Clara’s bad days are always pretty darn good. She doesn't make a lot of mental mistakes, she’s in the right spot defensively, she’s consistent in serve receive...You know what you’re going to get from her night in and night out. She comes into practice with a focus and intensity that’s fun to watch and fun to work with. You go into a mundane drill where it’s really easy to take a couple plays off, but she just doesn't do it. That’s certainly one of the main keys to her success these last couple seasons for us.”


Krenz led the NSIC with 5.92 digs per set, and was named NSIC Defensive Player of the Week twice. She somehow managed to become even better against NCAA Top-25 teams, racking up 6.03 digs per set versus ranked opponents. Clara will be rejoined in the back row by stellar sophomore defensive specialist Taylor Olstad, who was excellent in serve receive (finished second among qualifying Huskies with a .954 serve reception percentage) and defensively, picking up 2.54 digs per set. Olstad recorded double-digit digs in four of her final five matches on 2017. The newcomer to the St. Cloud State back row is Clara’s sister and true freshman Katie Krenz, who was a two-time Defensive Player of the Year and Team MVP at Stillwater. The Huskies’ strength lies in their defense, and 2018 should be no different with the talented back row.


St. Cloud State opens their season on Thursday, August 23, at 7:00 p.m. CST against the University of Hawaii at Hilo in the Hawaii Hilo Tournament, to open a 4 match run for the Huskies. Beginning with the NSIC slate opener on September 6 against Minnesota-Crookston, all SCSU Volleyball matches can be heard on the KVSC Sports Stream, with Thomas Breach on the call.

Braegelmann heads into his fourth season at the helm of Huskies Volleyball as the program hunts for its first Postseason Tournament berth since 2004. Braegelmann spoke to the Huskies’ hunger for continued development.
“As coaches you're never satisfied, you want to see more progress, you want to see it faster, but you can't really be too disappointed with where we're at.”

Sports Schedule

  • Women's Soccer vs Concordia-St. Paul (Sports Stream)
    Sep 21, 2018 - 1:00
  • Volleyball vs Northern State University (Sports Stream)
    Sep 21, 2018 - 6:00
  • Volleyball vs Minnesota State University-Moorhead (Sports Stream)
    Sep 22, 2018 - 2:00

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