Recapping the 2012 volleyball season
Several players etched their names into the UND record book this season with their performances in 2012. Among them, a freshman ascending the dig records and sophomores marking their territory in kills and assists. A look at top 10 season performances this season by UND athletes:
Digs 4th Lauren Clarke (518)
Block asst. 4th Ronni Munkeby (112)
Attacks 5th Lexi Robinson (1,228)
Assists 6th Nikki Husfeldt (1,300)
Kills 10th Lexi Robinson (397)
Sophomore Nikki Husfeldt finished the 2012 season ranked 48th in all of NCAA Division I in assists per set (10.83). That mark was good for third in the Big Sky Conference. She tallied exactly 1,300 assists this season to move her into seventh place (2,706) in the career record book at UND.
BIG SKY HONORS
University of North Dakota junior co-captain Ronni Munkeby was named to the All-Big Sky Conference Second Team, announced at the site of the league's upcoming postseason tournament. Sophomore Lexi Robinson was also named an honorable mention selection.
PARLICH BIG SKY POW FOR NOV. 12
Junior co-captain Lisa Parlich was named Big Sky Conference Volleyball Co-Player of the Week on Nov. 13, becoming the first North Dakota player to earn the weekly volleyball award after a standout week that saw UND earn a berth in the conference postseason tournament. The junior from Delavan, Wis. hit .305 for the week and had 15 total blocks as UND earned its first-ever Big Sky weekend sweep (Thursday vs. Portland State, Saturday vs. Eastern Washington). She started the week with a 17-kill, 4-block performance at Northern Colorado Monday in a close five-set loss to the Bears. Thursday, her 10 kills and four blocks were key in North Dakota handing Portland State just its third conference loss of the season. Saturday, after just two kills in the first two sets, Parlich recorded six kills and seven total blocks (1 solo, six assisted) over the final two sets. In that final set, UND rebounded from an 11-4 deficit and fought off seven different set-point opportunities for Eastern Washington before eventually winning, 33-31.
MUNKEBY EARNS CoSIDA HONOR
2012 Capital One Academic All-District® Volleyball First Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The program recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. First-team Academic All-District® honorees advanced to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot.
Munkeby-- a 4.0 grade point average student in physical education, exercise science and wellness-- is the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) President at UND and a Dean’s List member. She was the recipient of the 2011-12 UND Female Sioux Service Award, volunteering for several organizations: including the Big Event, Altru Spin for Kids, Special Olympics, Grand Forks Public Library, Girl Scouts and more.
GOING THE LONG ROUTE
North Dakota fought-off seven different set-point attempts by Eastern Washington in earning a 33-31 victory in the fourth set to take a 3-1 win in the home finale on Nov. 10. EWU had an opportunity to even the match at two sets apiece on seven different occasions with service but UND was able to side out each time and with the score 31-30 EWU, scored three straight points to end it. The 33-31 score (14 extra points) was the longest set in UND history since the NCAA moved to rally scoring in 2001.
The University of North Dakota volleyball program holds a 592-703-3 (.458) record all-time since the first game was played on Sept. 22, 1976. Under head coach Ashley Hardee, UND is 88-33 (.727).
YOU BETTY RECOGNIZE
North Dakota is 67-34 (.663) all-time at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, which opened prior to the 2004 season. Since 2008, UND is a staggering 45-8 (.849) including a school-record 13 wins a season ago.
The Oct. 9 win at North Dakota State was UND’s first in Fargo since 1976. UND has now won back-to-back games in the series-- one that NDSU dominates. The Bison have a 69-6 record over UND since that 1976 match. Ashley Hardee became the first UND coach to defeat NDSU more than once since Polly West did so twice in that 1976 campaign.
MUNKEBY ALL-TOURNEY AGAIN
Junior Ronni Munkeby was honored with her second all-tournament accolade on Sept. 8 when she was named to the Magnolia Invitational All-Tournament team Saturday at Ole Miss. She was also an all-tourney member in the season-opening Texas A&M Invitational (Aug. 24-25).
Junior co-captain Ronni Munkeby was named to the 2012 Texas A&M Invitational All-Tournament Team after her performance against teams that were all NCAA tournament teams a season ago. Munkeby recorded 24 kills and 17 total blocks for the three matches combined, including a season-high 10 kills and seven blocks in the win over Texas State. The Lisbon, N.D. product leads UND in hitting percentage (.340) on the young season.
100 IN D1
Another milestone was reached on Sept. 1 as UND etched its 100th win in the Division I era. North Dakota needed just 127 matches to reach the triple-digit win total, winning 78.7 percent of its games since transitioning to NCAA Division I prior to the 2008-09 season.
Southern California-- a team that advanced all the way to the Elite Eight in 2012-- had to sweat-out a 25-20, 25-23, 25-21 win over UND in the season opener for both teams. North Dakota outhit the then-fifth-ranked Trojans in the first set (.296-.289) but USC hit .301 for the match to escape the upset. USC went undefeated at the Texas A&M Invitational to take the team title.