Eastern Washington at North Dakota
Thursday, Oct. 10- 7:00 p.m.
Live video: WatchBigSky.com
Live stats: UNDSports.com
Radio: KKXL-1440 AM, WDAY- 970 AM, KDNK- 95.7 FM
Portland State at North Dakota
Saturday, Oct. 12- 12:00 p.m.
Live video: WatchBigSky.com
Live stats: UNDSports.com
North Dakota will look to continue its hot streak hosting a pair of huge Big Sky Conference matches this week. UND welcomes Eastern Washington Thursday before a Saturday showdown with reigning league regular season champion Portland State on Saturday.
UND defeated Sacramento State, 3-1 Saturday, before a thrilling five-set win at Northern Colorado Monday. That win at UNC was just the third all-time against the Bears (33 matches) and came after UND trailed two sets to none to start the match.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
Eastern Washington is 6-11 overall and 3-3 in Big Sky Conference play entering this week’s action ... The Eagles are led by sophomore Allie Schumacher, who is 10th in the league in kills, averaging 2.95 per set ... Eastern hits .174 as a team, eighth in the league ... After a 3-8 start, EWU has alternated wins and losses in league play ... North Dakota won both meetings last season, both 3-1 victories ... UND is 2-0 all-time against the Eagles.
SCOUTING THE VIKINGS
Portland State is 8-8 overall with a 5-1 mark in the league heading into Thursday’s action ... The Viks started 4-0 in Big Sky play until they ran into Northern Arizona, who handed them their lone loss thus far and is tied with them at 5-1 in the standings ... PSU boasts four different players in the top 10 in the league in service aces, led by Kaeli Patton’s 0.32 per set average (sixth in the league) ... Junior Katie O’Brien sets the pace for the PSU offense, hitting a team-best .257 this season ... Aubrey Mitchell leads the team in kills (2.83/set) with Patton contributing 2.62 per set ... The teams split the season series in 2012 with UND sweeping the Vikings down the stretch to help earn a Big Sky Conference tournament berth ... UND is 1-3 all-time against Portland State.
The University of North Dakota volleyball program holds a 604-713-3 (.458) record all-time since the first game was played on Sept. 22, 1976. Entering Thursday, under head coach Ashley Hardee, UND is 99-40 (.712).
WE’RE GOING STREAKING
UND has won a league-high seven straight matches heading into Thursday and has garnered victories in 10 of its last 11 contests. In that stretch of 11 matches, North Dakota is outhitting opponents .301 - .190 and has three regulars hitting over .375 (Lisa Parlich .427, Ellen Krueger .390, Ronni Munkeby .375).
CENTURY MARK APPROCHES
Head coach Ashley Hardee needs just one more win to reach the 100-win plateau in his head coaching career. Here’s a look at where he stands all-time for UND coaching victories:
Lisa Kissee- 137 wins (7 seasons)
Maria Bruggeman- 124 wins (8 seasons)
Carol Cooke- 105 wins (7 seasons)
Ashley Hardee 99 wins (5th season)
YOU BETTY RECOGNIZE
North Dakota is 71-36 all-time at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, which opened prior to the 2004 season. Since 2008, UND is a staggering 49-10 (.831) including a school-record 13 wins in 2011.
North Dakota etched its 600th win in the program’s history with a Sep. 26 sweep of Weber State. Of those wins, 121 have come in its NCAA Division I era (since 2008).
Senior Ronni Munkeby tallied a pair of 13-kill matches to help North Dakota to a perfect 2-0 road week at Montana State and Montana, Sep. 20-21. The Lisbon, N.D. native also added seven total blocks and a service ace on the week. She was honored as the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week for her efforts.
She also won the award the following week for her 29 combined kills in wins over Weber State and Idaho State. Munkeby tied a career-best with 19 kills in the win over the Bengals.
WHOOOAAA, WE’RE HALFWAY THERE....
North Dakota hit an incredible .500 as a team in the Sep. 30 win over North Dakota State. That mark was easily the best of the season and was just shy of the all-time record set back in 1991, a 3-0 trouncing of South Dakota that produced a .534 hit percentage.
NORTH DAKOTA 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.
UND ON THE INTERNET
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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 RADIO
The next UND match to air on the radio is the Oct. 10 tilt vs. Eastern Washington. Tune in to hear Paul Ralston’s call on KKXL-AM 1440 in Grand Forks, WDAY-AM 970 in Fargo as well as KNDK 95.7-FM in Langdon, N.D.
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.