UND outlasts Idaho State in five
Courtesy: Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations
"That was a very entertaining couple of hours of volleyball," UND head coach Ashley Hardee said. "Idaho State is well-coached with some great athletes. It's hard to single anyone out on our side because it was a full team effort, but our setter Nikki Husfeldt was outstanding tonight, outdueling their setter who was the conference player of the year. We passed great in serve receive when we needed it most and blocked some huge balls in the final two sets."
UND (17-8, 12-1 Big Sky) was led by freshman Anna Pioske's career-high 23 kills. Lisa Parlich and Ronni Munkeby each contributed 16 kills in the winning effort while Husfeldt generated career-bests with 65 assists and 15 digs to go along with five total blocks.
Friday's win came after UND dropped the first set, 25-23 when Idaho State scored the last five points in that frame to take the lead. North Dakota would battle back and take the second set, leading nearly wire-to-wire for a 25-20 win to equal the match.
The third set featured a 5-0 run early by the visitors for a 9-4 lead. The Bengals immediately countered with six of the the next seven points to tie the score at 10-all. Another 5-1 spurt by ISU put them in front for good and they secured a 25-21 win in that set.
Idaho State led by as many as four in the fourth set and with the score at 20-apiece, Lisa Parlich and Emily Thompson were each in on blocks for the next two points to vault UND ahead, 22-20. A kill from Parlich made it 23-20, but again, ISU would score three straight points to tie the score at 23-23. Pioske registered a kill and an ISU attack error sent the match to a deciding fifth set.
UND was in command in that final set, scoring five straight points to build a quick 8-3 lead. Six UND points in that set came off swings from Pioske, who destroyed her previous career high in kills with 23 finishes on Friday. The final point came on a kill from Chelsea Moser and UND had its 16th win in its last 18 matches.
North Dakota, who leads the conference by two games with seven matches to play, battle Weber State tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. Central.
Notes: UND improved to 4-2 this season in five-set matches, including wins in each of the last four occurances ... Munkeby notched her 100th total block of the season in the win ... With its next win, UND will clinch a berth in the Big Sky Conference Tournament.