SignUp
Holiday Tickets 2014
Ice Hockey MM
Ronni Munkeby led UND with 16 kills Saturday.
NAU halts UND win streak at 10 straight
Text smallerText larger
Updated: Thursday 10/19/2013 23:39:32 (ET)
by UNDsports.com
Send this article to a friend Print RSS Shop


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.-- Host Northern Arizona hit .500 in the opening set en route to a 3-0 sweep of first-place North Dakota Saturday evening in Big Sky play. North Dakota had its 10-match winning streak snapped with the loss.

"Our serve receive had some breakdowns this evening and that's a lot to overcome against a good team," UND head coach Ashley Hardee said. "We continued to fight in sets two and three but we dug ourselves too big of a hole early in each of those sets."

UND (14-8, 9-1 Big Sky) ran into a buzzsaw in the first set as NAU (13-6, 7-3) outhit UND .500 to -.040 to ran away with a 25-12 victory. That momentum carried over into the second set with the Lumberjacks getting out to a quick seven-point lead at 14-7.

UND battled right back, however, to tie the set at 17-all but the 'Jacks answered with a 6-2 spurt for a 23-19 edge. UND again chipped away but fell just short as NAU was able to claim a 25-23 second set and a two sets to none advantage.

Coming out of the intermission, NAU brushed off an early 2-0 UND lead to stack up 10 straight points to take command. UND scored four straight after a timeout to force an NAU stoppage. The Lumberjacks, despite a valiant UND comeback that got the score within one at 23-22, were able to hold the visitors at bay and secure the league's first win over UND this season.

North Dakota was led by Ronni Munkeby's 16-kill effort while Anna Pioske and Emily Thompson each added seven kills. NAU collected seven service aces and had 12 total blocks in the win. North Dakota remains a full game ahead of the pack in the conference standings after Portland State's (8-2) win earlier in the day Saturday.

North Dakota returns home to host Montana Thursday and Montana State Saturday. Thursday's match is part of UND's "North Dakota Strong" campaign, which supports breast cancer awareness. The match will be televised live on Midco Sports Network.

 

Game Notes: Final Big Sky tune-up at Marquette
North Dakota's final tune-up before Big Sky play begins will be a tough one as the squad heads to Milwaukee to face Marquette Monday. MORE
UND posts 78-48 rout of Dickinson State
It took a while for North Dakota to get things rolling in its first home game in over a month, but the Green and White eventually settled in to post a 78-48 rout of Dickinson State Friday at the... MORE
Defending league champs square off in border battle Sunday
North Dakota closes its non-league slate with a tilt at South Dakota on Dec. 21 before tackling the Montana schools to lift the curtain on the Big Sky Conference schedule (Jan. 1-3). MORE
Graduation day for several UND student-athletes
GRAND FORKS, N.D. Thirteen student-athletes are among the candidates for graduation at Winter Commencement and Official Graduation Day this afternoon on the campus of the University of North... MORE
Idalski recaps the fall on UND Sports Extra
Head coach Brian Idalski was in studio to break down the women's hockey team's first half of the season, including last week's sweep at RIT. MORE

advertisement