GRAND FORKS, N.D.-- Sophomore Emily Asche took advantage of her first collegiate start, leading UND past Green Bay (25-23, 25-21, 25-21) at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in the second day of action of the UND Classic Saturday afternoon. Asche recorded a career-high 11 kills in the win to pace the North Dakota offense.
With UND (3-2) trailing 22-20 in the first set, Lexi Robinson had a big dig and Asche eventually killed the point for a sideout. It would be the first of four kills over the next five UND points for Asche as she helped the home team rally for a 25-23 win in the opening set.
Green Bay (2-4) raced out to another quick start in the second set, this time leading 5-1. It would be short-lived, however, as UND quickly re-tied the score at 6-apiece and the teams traded leads three times and the score was tied nine times in that set alone.
Again, North Dakota closed the set in strong fashion, turning a 19-19 score into a 25-21 win. Back-to-back kills from Lisa Parlich started the run and a powerful swing from Ronni Munkeby from the middle punctuated the second set win.
In the closing set, UND was the beneficiary of Green Bay miscues from the start. The Phoenix had five attack errors early, exhausting both timeouts with an 11-7 UND advantage. That lead grew to as many as 10 points (21-11) before North Dakota had to fend off a rally by Green Bay.
GB scored nine of the next 10 points to slice the UND lead down to a mere two (22-20). Munkeby hammered home two of her nine kills to finish off the set and give UND the sweep.
Munkeby and Parlich each finished with nine kills while Robinson added seven. Nikki Husfeldt had 32 assists and chipped-in six kills of her own. Lauren Clarke had 23 digs, part of three UND players with double-digit dig totals (Husfeldt 12, Robinson 11).
The Classic concludes Saturday as Green Bay battles South Dakota at 5:00 p.m. followed by North Dakota hosting Stephen F. Austin at 7:00 p.m. Click here for complete coverage of the tournament.