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Lexi Robinson tallied 20 kills in the five-set loss to Austin Peay.
UND drops pair at MTSU Invite Friday
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Updated: Friday 09/06/2013 21:04:02 (ET)
by Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn.-- The University of North Dakota suffered a pair of defeats in its first road trip Friday at the Middle Tennessee State University Invitational. UND (1-4) dropped an afternoon match to UAB, 3-0, before a marathon five-set loss to Austin Peay in the evening.

UAB, 3, North Dakota 0 (25-23, 25-18. 25-21)
Despite the final score, the match was closely contested with the Blazers taking control near the end of each set to improve to 5-1 on the season. In the first set, neither team led by more than two points until the late stages and UAB scored five of the final eight points to untie a 20-all deadlock for the first set win.

The second set belonged to the Blazers as they scored the first three points and six of the first seven, never looking back in a 25-18 victory. That was the only set that wasn't in question in the final points of the set for nearly the entire day as UAB book-ended that set with another 6-1 run.

Trailing two sets to none, the teams battled in a third set that featured 12 tie scores and five lead changes. With the score at 19-all, Sam Skinner connected for the second of back-to-back kills, part of her match high 15 to put the Blazers in front for good.

"We need to develop some consistency around Lisa Parlich and Ronni Munkeby," UND head coach Ashley Hardee said. "We need to serve better on the road as well."

Munkeby tallied 12 kills in the first match to lead the way for UND. Lexi Robinson added seven with Parlich and Emily Asche eaching chipping-in a half-dozen finishes for North Dakota.

Austin Peay 3, North Dakota 2 (26-24, 25-23, 26-28, 20-25, 15-6)
North Dakota again found itself down two sets to none, but battled back to force a decisive fifth set in the nightcap Friday. Once there, however, UAB got out to a 7-0 headstart to seize control of the match.

"We don't have enough consistency in our game right now," Hardee said following day one of the tournament. "We'll have one nice defensive effort followed by a nice offensive night, but have haven't been able to sync those together."

This match saw some solid offensive numbers with UND hitting a respectable .259 with three players notching 16 kills or more. But, the Lady Governors hit .280 for the match and, more importantly, held UND to -.158 in that crucial fifth set with just three kills and six errors on 19 attempts.

Lexi Robinson had 20 kills to pace the UND attack with 16 apiece from Parlich and true freshman Anna Pioske. Cayln Hull registered a match-high 25 kills for APSU.

The Middle Tennessee State Invitational concludes Saturday with North Dakota playing a pair of matches.  UND will face Virginia Tech at 12:30 p.m. and the host Blue Raiders at 8:00 p.m.

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