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Panther volleyball repeats as MVC tournament champs

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- Ellie Blankenship recorded 37 digs, was named the MVC tournament's MVP, and helped power UNI to a 3-1 victory over Creighton to win their second straight tournament title.  Set scores were 25-18, 25-19, 20-25, 25-20.

Michelle Burow led UNI with 14 kills, while teammates Shelby Kintzel and Amy Braun added 12 for the victorious Panthers.  Setter Bre Payton recorded a triple double with 12 kills, 45 assists, and 18 digs.

The victory increases the 112th ranked Panthers hopes of hosting the first 2 rounds of the NCAA tournament.  They'll learn their fate Sunday as NCAA selections are announced in the afternoon.

Online reporter Mark Woodley

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