Facing the four-time defending national champions, the No. 6 Central Missouri Jennies fell in straight sets to Concordia-St. Paul, 14-25, 23-25, 23-25. The loss ends the 2011 for the Jennies, who finish 30-5 overall.
The Golden Bears came out strong in the opening set, taking an 8-3 lead to start the match. The Jens were never able to gain an advantage in the first set, hitting just .118. UCM answered in the second game, holding a narrow lead at 17-14.
Unable to hold serve, the Jennies lead slipped away as the Golden Bears went on an 8-3 run to finish the set. The third set looked similar, as Central Missouri seemed to be in control after overcoming a 5-0 deficit to start the game. With the Jennies up 14-11, Concordia again took control with a five point run that gave them a 16-14 advantage. UCM was unable to make a run, as both sides traded serves to finish the set.
Senior hitter Allie Huffman led the Jennies offense with 15 kills, her 30th double-figure performance of the season, but hit only for a .222 average. Kelsey Ortwerth finished with six kills and 10 digs, while Taylor Goodness, Paula Harris, and Bradye Peniston all collected five kills apiece. Defensively, Taylor Krejci led the back row with 11 digs, and Peniston and Ortwerth each had a team-high three blocks.