SignUp
Play Video
Ronni Munkeby (16) and UND celebrate during UND's 3-1 win over Idaho State.
Munkeby powers UND to 4-0 Big Sky mark
Text smallerText larger
Updated: Sunday 09/29/2013 18:32:04 (ET)
by Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations
Send this article to a friend Print RSS Shop Files available
GRAND FORKS, N.D.-- Senior co-captain Ronni Munkeby tallied a career-high tying 19 kills to help North Dakota remain unbeaten in Big Sky Conference play with a 3-1 (25-20, 19-25, 25-20, 26-24) win over Idaho State Saturday at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

It was a playoff-type atmosphere as 1,223 witnessed two of the top teams in the league duke it out. UND (8-7, 4-0 Big Sky) punched and ISU (8-7, 2-2) countered along the way but it was the home team that stood tall with an unblemished league record at the finish.

The first set saw seven tie scores and three lead changes with neither team holding a lead of more than four points. That didn't come until midway through the frame when three straight UND points-- the final two on ISU miscues-- gave North Dakota a 15-11 advantage prompting a timeout.

Out of the break, the Bengals quickly rallied to re-knot the score at 16-all and following a kill by Marissa Todd, it was 20-19 ISU. With Nikki Husfeldt serving, UND embarked on a 6-0 run to close the set with Lexi Robinson (15 kills) and Munkeby trading blows in the flurry.

The second-set was another battle as eight tie scores and four lead changes had things all square at 16-apiece. From there, ISU was able to wrestle away control for good to tie the match at 1-1 with a 25-19 win.

After the intermission, UND got out to a lead and never looked back in the third frame. ISU closed within two points on several occasions, but each time it was met with a different UND player generating a sideout. First it was Anna Pioske's backrow attack that found the floor then a kill down the line for the freshman later in the set that had UND up, 20-16. She would finish off the set with one of her 11 kills and UND owned a 25-20 win for a 2-1 lead in the match.

It was the fourth set that showed UND's ability to withstand a team's best shot. After falling behind 6-2, North Dakota immediately began chipping away and eventually built a 14-12 cushion. The Bengals surged to remount a late three-point lead (20-17) but UND came out of a timeout with a textbook kill from Robinson and two more to make the score 21-apiece as Idaho State burned its final timeout in an effort to hush a now-frantic crowd. It failed as UND fought off a set-point at 24-23 with Munkeby's 19th kill then got a block by Lisa Parlich and Emily Thompson before the match ended on an ISU error.

All told, UND got 15 kills from Robinson and 11 from freshman Pioske in the win. Junior Nikki Husfeldt generated 49 assists while sophomore Lauren Clark chipped-in 26 digs for North Dakota, who also had 13 team blocks in the victory.

ISU was led by Alydia Fields-Grimm's dozen kills while Tressa Lyman, Makenzie Filer each added 11.

North Dakota closes its quick three-match homestand Monday with its final non-conference tilt. Arch-rival North Dakota State is the opponent with a 7:00 p.m. start time. It can be seen live on Midco Sports Network and heard on KKXL 1440AM, WDAY 970 AM, KNDK 95.7 FM and is available on the Internet at WatchBigSky.com.
NCHC unveils 2014-15 conference schedule
GRAND FORKS, N.D. The National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), which completed its first year of existence in 2013-14, announced today its 96-game conference schedule for the 2014-15... MORE
UND heads to sunny Arizona for Big Sky Championship
The North Dakota women's golf team wants to leave a better impression on its fellow Big Sky golf teams and perform better on the course at the Ocotillo Golf Resort in what will be its second... MORE
Coleman signs NLI to play for UND in 2014-15
University of North Dakota head men's basketball coach Brian Jones announced on Wednesday that Josiah Coleman has signed a National Letter of Intent to begin playing for his program next season. MORE
Tippett to lead Canada at 2014 World Championship
Hockey Canada announced today that former University of North Dakota standout and current Phoenix Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett will serve as head coach for Team Canada at the upcoming 2014... MORE
Goalie Gothberg gloves NCHC monthly honors
GRAND FORKS, N.D. University of North Dakota sophomore goaltender Zane Gothberg has been named National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Player of the Month for March/April, the conference... MORE