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Lauren Clarke and UND head to the road for 10 straight matches away from the Betty.
Three weeks of road tilts starts Friday
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Updated: Friday 09/04/2013 17:00:36 (ET)
by Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations
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Middle Tennessee State Invitational
Fri.-Sat., Sep 6-7


ON TAP
North Dakota sets out on its first road trip of the season and will be away from home for its next 10 straight matches beginning with a four-match weekend at the Middle Tennessee State University Invitational Friday and Saturday.

UND CLASSIC RECAP
The Betty Engelstad Sioux Center played host to the third annual UND Classic with a very formidable field. No. 15 Iowa State took the team title with three wins, but UND made Texas A&M sweat it out in what turned out to be the second-place match in the finale. The Aggies pulled out a close win in the opening set but UND tied the match in the second set and had the perennial power in the SEC back on its heels before A&M finally pulled out a 3-1 win. Senior Lisa Parlich was named to the all-tournament team.

SCOUTING THE BLAZERS
UAB (3-1) opened the season with the UAB/Samford Volleyball Challenge ... The Blazers finished 3-1 in the tourna­ment, the only loss coming to #6 Minnesota ... UAB plays host to Samford Wednesday night before this tournament begins ... UAB is hitting .264 so far this season, including a .370 clip against Jacksonville State ... Sam Skinner is the top kill producer, generating 53 through the first four matches ... UAB finished 20-14 overall and 11-5 in Conference USA (T3rd) last season.

SCOUTING THE GOVERNORS
Austin Peay went 17-16 overall and 10-6 in the Ohio Valley Conference last season .. Jada Stotts was named Co-Offensive Player of the Week by the OVC after recording 71 total kills at the USF Invitational ... She leads the Govs with a .228 attack percentage this season among regulars ... APSU dropped its first three matches (Miami, Ball State, South Florida) before a sweep of the Citadel to close the tourney.

SCOUTING THE HOKIES
Virginia Tech went 16-14 overall and 9-11 (7th) in the ACC last season ... Tech took its own tournament title this past weekend, going 3-1 along with #14 Michigan State and Pacific ... Tech led MSU two sets to none before the Spartans rallied to win in five sets in the finale ... The Hokies are paced by kill leaders: Samantha Gostling (45), Lindsey Owens (37) and  Kathryn Caine (35).

SCOUTING THE BLUE RAIDERS
MTSU is 3-1 heading into this weekend with wins over San Francisco, Notre Dame and Southern Illinois ... The Blue Raiders have already played host to one tournament this season, the “Blue Raider Bash” in which MTSU went 2-1 (lost to North Carolina) ... MTSU finished 10-23 overall and 7-8 in the Sun Belt East (4th) last season ... Chelsea Ross leads the team in kills in the early portion of the season, averaging 4.12 per set.

QUICK NOTES ON NORTH DAKOTA
North Dakota is picked to finish fourth in the Preseason Big Sky Coaches Poll ... UND returns nearly its entire roster for a season ago as North Dakota did not have a senior on its roster in 2012 ... North Dakota is 89-35 in head coach Ashley Hardee’s tenure (5 seasons) ... UND is in its second season in the Big Sky Conference, qualifying for the league tournament a year ago with a 10-10 league record.

RECORD REWIND
The University of North Dakota volleyball program holds a 594-708-3 (.456) record all-time since the first game was played on Sept. 22, 1976. Under head coach Ashley Hardee, UND is 89-35 (.718).

RIGHT ON PAR-LICH
Senior Lisa Parlich was named to the UND Classic All-Tournament Team this past weekend. It marks the second straight season for that honor after she was the MVP of the 2012 tourney.

MAKING THEIR DEBUTS
A trio of North Dakota athletes made their collegiate debuts this past weekend as redshirt freshman Chelsea Moser joined true freshmen Anna Pioske and Candice Yager in etching their first court time. Moser started a pair of matches (South Dakota State, Texas A&M) while Pioske drew a start in the tourney finale vs. the Aggies.

YOU BETTY RECOGNIZE
North Dakota is 68-36 all-time at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, which opened prior to the 2004 season.  Since 2008, UND is a staggering 46-10 (.821) including a school-record 13 wins in 2011.

UND FOURTH IN PRESEASON BIG SKY POLL
The University of North Dakota volleyball team was picked to finish fourth in the 2013 Big Sky Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.  Reigning regular-season champion Portland State was the top vote-getter with seven first-place votes (coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams). Idaho State (2 first-place votes) was second with Big Sky Tournament champion Northern Colorado third. Northern Arizona finished fifth in the voting and had the other two first-place nods.

HITTING THE BOOKS
The UND volleyball team earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s Team Academic Award with a cumulative 3.461 grade point average last season. The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.

BIG SKY TV
All UND home matches and every Big Sky road match will be available via free video webcast through Big Sky TV.  Go to UNDSports.com for more details.

UND ON THE INTERNET
UNDSports.com is the official online home of University of North Dakota athletics.  UNDSports.com is a veritable one-stop shop for the most hard-core UND fan, featuring breaking news, feature stories, game notes, live and archived video webcasts, FREE audio, FREE live stats, podcasts, blogs, player profiles, merchandise, photo galleries, news feeds, camp registration and much, much more.

UND ON THE RADIO
A pair of key UND matches will be available on the radio as well.  Tune in to hear Paul Ralston’s call on Sep. 16 for the road match at South Dakota and two weeks later for the NDSU showdown at the Betty. The matches will be aired on KKXL-AM 1440 and WDAY-AM 970.

UND ON TV
Midco Sports Network will televise three UND volleyball matches as part of its broadcast deal that includes football, men’s hockey, women’s hockey, men’s basketball and women’s basketball. The first televised volleyball match is the highly-anticipated in-state battle with North Dakota State on Sep. 30. An Oct. 24 Big Sky match against Montana is the second on the docket and the Nov. 21 match against Northern Arizona rounds out the TV schedule. All three matches will air in high definition. Check MidcoSports.com for channel availability in your area.

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