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Notes: UND readies for mid-major showdown
Courtesy: Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations
Release: 09/13/2017
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North Dakota takes a nine-match winning streak into the Green Bay Country Inn and Suites Invitational this week. It will feature a big showdown of mid-major powers in the opener as the Fighting Hawks draw Cal Poly, who moved up to fourth in the last Mid-Major Top 25 Poll (Sep 12) while North Dakota checks in at No. 11. Cal Poly is just outside the AVCA Top 25 poll, holding what would be the 26th spot in the rankings based on votes received. UND will also face the host the Green Bay Phoenix and IUPUI in the final tuneups before the start of the Big Sky Conference season.

*UND leads all of NCAA in wins (13). Only two other schools have as many as 11: (Towson 11-0, Stephen F Austin 11-1).
*UND’s attendance of 3,140 in the home opener (vs. NDSU) was the first-ever sellout for volleyball at The “Betty”.
*Faith Dooley is the UND career record holder for blocks (546), breaking a 26-year-old record.
*Ashley Brueggeman was the UND Classic MVP with Teodora Tepavac and Faith Dooley joining her on the all-tourney team.
*Sydney Griffin was named the MVP of the Glory Road Invitational with Alivia Fraase and Ashley Brueggeman joining her on the all-tournament team.
*Dooley was named MVP of Ole Miss Rebel Invitational with Tamara Merseli and Jordan Vail joining her on the all-tourney team
*North Dakota has had seven different players named to all-tournament teams with three different MVPs this season.
*Faith Dooley and Alivia Fraase were named Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week in the first two weeks of the season.
*Sydney Griffin became the fifth UND player all-time to reach 3,000 career assists and is now in 4th place (3,282).
*UND is off to its best start in its Division I era and the 4th-best start in UND history (17-1 in 2002, 16-1 in ‘90, 14-1 in ‘08).
*North Dakota has won three five-set matches already this season. That’s good.
*UND is 13-0 when winning at least one set this season. 
*North Dakota has won 15 straight at home.
*UND has rattled off an incredible 26 straight set wins at home.
*The Fighting Hawks are on a current nine-match overall winning streak with seven straight sweeps.
*Griffin has 14 career matches with 50 or more assists. 
*Three different players have notched double-doubles this season (Merseli 6, Griffin 5, Dooley 1).
*UND is currently ranked No. 11 in the latest Mid-Major Top 25 Poll, moving up two spots from 13.

North Dakota made its first appearance in the Mid-Major Top 25 poll in the first rankings tied for 15th. UND moved up to 13th last week and is now No. 11 in the third weekly rankings. Now in its second season, the mid-major poll ranks those schools not among the power-five conferences (ACC, SEC, Pac-12, Big 10 or Big 12).

UND fans jammed the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in the home opener (vs. NDSU) to the tune of 3,140, capacity of the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. It marked the first-ever sellout for volleyball in that arena and was the second-biggest crowd of any sporting event at the Betty.

3,000+ crowds at the Betty
3,142                        11/24/13                        NDSU                                  men’s basketball
3,140                        9/6/17                              NDSU                                volleyball
3,078                        1/24/09                           South Dakota                women’s basketball
3,078                        1/24/09                           South Dakota                men’s basketball

North Dakota State mustered just 40 points combined in UND’s 25-18, 25-9, 25-13 sweep Wednesday at the Betty. It marked the fewest number of points scored by the Bison against North Dakota since the best-of-five series was universally adapted (1985). UND has now won six of the eight meetings between the schools in the Division I era.

Friday will be the first-ever meeting between the schools. Cal Poly is just outside the Top 25, sitting in what would the 26th spot based on votes in the AVCA Top 25 poll (Sep 11) after their win over former No. 23 Wichita State last week.

North Dakota has won five of the six all-time meetings with Green Bay, with the lone loss coming last season (Sep 17) in the Diet Coke Classic at Minnesota. This will be just the second match between the schools in Green Bay.

All-time meetings with Green Bay
9/17/16                   vs Green Bay              L, 0-3 (N)
9/10/15                   GREEN BAY              W, 3-2 (H)
9/1/12                      GREEN BAY              W, 3-0 (H)
9/3/11                      GREEN BAY              W, 3-0 (H)
8/27/11                   at Green Bay            W, 3-2 (A)
9/4/10                      vs Green Bay            W, 3-0 (N) 

These teams have met just once, a neutral-site meeting in Milwaukee in the 1985 season.

All-time meetings with IUPUI
10/5/85                   vs IUPUI                     W, 2-1 (N)

North Dakota got out to a fast start to the season, playing 10 matches in the span of the first nine days. It involved matches in four states (Mississippi, Georgia, New Mexico, Texas).

Those 10 matches in the opening two weekends were against some top talent. Four of the first 10 opponents finished in the top 100 in last season’s RPI rankings. UNLV was 30, Georgia Tech 49, New Mexico State was 79th and Ole Miss ranked 95 in the RPI at the end of last year. North Dakota finished 92 in the final RPI rankings, second only to Northern Arizona (91) in the Big Sky Conference.

North Dakota zapped another “Power 5 Conference” school (ACC, SEC, PAC-12, Big 10 or Big 12) with its 3-2 win over Ole Miss Aug. 25th. It was the second it less than a calendar year after last season’s 3-1 win over the ACC’s Clemson on 9/8/16. UND also defeated Mississippi State from the SEC back in 2014.

Senior Faith Dooley became the school’s all-time leader in career blocks, eclipsing the mark in the win over Louisiana Tech on Aug. 26, 2017. She surpassed Karla Danielson’s mark which had stood since 1991. 

Faith Dooley became just the 17th UND player all-time to reach 1,000 kills in her career and only the fifth to do so as a junior. She currently sits at 1,174 kills heading into this week, which puts her in 7th place all-time at UND.

Senior Sydney Griffin became just the fifth UND player to notch 3,000 career assists as UND lost to Georgia Tech, 3-0, on Aug. 27. Griffin reached the plateau in just two full seasons and a handful of matches (86 matches played). Last week, she moved into fourth place on the all-time list, passing Lisa Luebke (3,277).

The University of North Dakota volleyball program holds a 700-751-3 (.482) record all-time since the first match was played on Sept. 22, 1976.

North Dakota is 116-44 (.725) all-time at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, which opened prior to the 2004 season.  Since 2008, UND is a staggering 94-18 (.839) including a school-record 13 wins in 2011. North Dakota is 49-10 (.831) at home the past four seasons.
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Midco Sports Network will televise three UND volleyball matches as part of its broadcast deal that includes football, men’s hockey, men’s basketball and women’s basketball. Fox Sports North will also pick up a handful of home matches, to be announced later.

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