Top-ranked Concordia-St. Paul lived up to its number one ranking, downing the Moccasins in three sets, 25-15, 25-15, 25-19, in FSC's opening match at the Premier Challenge in Denver Friday.
The Golden Bears, Division II national champions each of the last four years, improved to 5-0, while the Moccasins fell to 3-2.
Concordia-St. Paul led from start to finish in winning the first set. In the second set, the Golden Bears broke an 8-8 tie with four straight points and led the rest of the set. They broke a 3-3 tie in the third set and led the rest of the way.
Anne Pietkiewicz led the Moccasins with eight kills and hit .300 for the match. Erin Callahan added seven kills, but no one else had more than four.
Kayla Koenecke led the Golden Bears with 12 kills.
The Moccasins' second match in Friday's pool play is against Regis, which is tied for 25th in this week's Division II poll.Â The Rangers are 5-0. That match is set for 5:30 p.m. (ET).
The Moccasins won't know their Saturday opponents until the completion of Friday's pool play. The first-place teams in the four pools will play in the Gold bracket. The second-place teams will play in the Silver bracket and the third-place teams will play in the Bronze bracket.
Fans can follow the Mocs in Denver with live stats at this link: www.gometrostate.com/2011premier.