SignUp
Freshman Anna Pioske (left) charted 21 kills to lead all players in Saturday's win.
UND ousts Weber State 3-1 to clinch Big Sky berth
Text smallerText larger
Updated: Monday 11/03/2013 23:56:49 (ET)
by Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations
Send this article to a friend Print RSS Shop Files available
   Box score
OGDEN, Utah--  North Dakota earned its 17th win in its last 19 contests as visiting UND defeated Weber State, 3-1 (25-23, 25-18, 23-25, 25-16) Saturday in Big Sky Conference play.

"Blocking tonight was huge, led by Ronni Munkeby and Emily Thompson," UND head coach Ashley Hardee said. "We had 13 as a team after the second set and that presence was huge."

UND (18-8, 13-1 Big Sky) leads sixth-place Northern Colorado by seven games with six to play, clinching a Big Sky Conference Tournament berth for North Dakota for the second straight season. UND sits atop the league standings, leading second-place Portland State (11-3) by two games.

North Dakota, for the second straight night, was led by freshman Anna Pioske, who recorded a match-high 21 kills. The Waconia, Minn., native produced 44 kills combined in UND's two wins this weekend (at Idaho State Friday).

WSU (7-21, 3-11) was outhit .241-.150 for the match and totaled 28 attack errors, thanks in part to 16 total blocks for North Dakota. UND got out to a quick start in the match, tallying an eight-point lead at 14-6 as the visitors led wire-to-wire in a 25-23 first-set victory.

The second set started out much the same way with UND holding leads of 5-1 and 13-6. That set went to UND, 25-18 with the final point coming on North Dakota's 13th block of the evening as Munkeby and Ellen Krueger helped give UND a 2-0 lead in the match.

Coming out of the intermission, Weber State scored four straight points to break a 6-all tie and never looked back to take a 25-22 decision in the third set.

The fourth set was all North Dakota as a 7-1 mid-set run helped propel UND in front, 23-13. From there, a kill by Lisa Parlich and another by Chelsea Moser put the match away.

Pioske's 21 finishes came on 40 swings with six errors for a .375 hit percentage. Parlich added 12 kills and Munkeby chipped-in nine kills for the UND offense. Munkeby also led the defense with eight total blocks while Lauren Clarke tallied 19 digs in the win.

North Dakota returns home to host Northern Colorado and Sacramento State on Friday and Saturday, respectively. First serve both days is slated for 7:00 p.m.

Football Gameday Live: UND vs Stony Brook
Football Gameday Live vs Stony Brook MORE
UND closes non-conference slate with sweep
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- North Dakota etched its eighth sweep of the season with a decisive 25-17, 25-17, 26-24 win over Southern Illinois, Edwardsville Saturday morning at the Bulldog Invitational... MORE
Pacific outlasts UND 3-1
STARKVILLE, Miss.-- After dropping the opening set, Pacific rallied to take the final three sets, including a tight 29-27 fourth set at the Bulldog Invitational Friday evening. MORE
Coyotes run past UND in final nonconference match
The University of North Dakota soccer team dropped a 5-1 decision to South Dakota in its final nonconference game of the season at USD Field on Friday afternoon. MORE
Griffin, UND cruise past MVSU
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- North Dakota rolled to a 25-10, 25-13, 25-8 sweep of Mississippi Valley State Friday afternoon in the first of two matches at the Bulldog Invitational at Mississippi State.... MORE

advertisement