North Dakota State (1-12) at North Dakota (8-7)
Monday, Sep. 30, 7:00 pm
Betty Engelstad Sioux Center
TV: Midco Sports Network
RADIO: KKXL 1440 (Grand Forks), WDAY 970 (Fargo), KNDK 95.7 (Langdon)
LIVE STATS: UNDSports.com
North Dakota looks to continue rolling, putting its four-match win streak on the line Monday in the final non-conference tilt of the season as UND takes on arch-rival North Dakota State at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. UND is eying its third straight win in the series and its eighth win in its last nine matches this season.
UND improved to 4-0 in Big Sky Conference play with a pair of home wins. North Dakota swept past Weber State Thursday, then ousted Idaho State, 3-1 on Saturday to remain one of just two unbeatens remaining in the league through two weeks.
SCOUTING THE BISON
NDSU is scuffling through a 1-12 season coming into Monday, winning just five sets combined all year ... NDSU won its last outing, a 3-1 victory over South Dakota State to begin Summit League play ... Of the 15 players on its roster, 11 are new to the team in 2013 ... Senior defensive specialist Danielle Dombeck, junior outside hitter Lauren Cammack and sophomore outside hitter Jenni Fassbender are the Bison who return with the most experience from 2012. Cammack played in 99 of a possible 117 sets last season, Fassbender played in 98 and Dombeck appeared in 92 ... Freshman middle blocker Emily Minnick leads the Bison in hitting percentage (.292) .... NDSU was picked to finish sixth in the eight-team Summit League Preseason Poll.
LAST SEASON VS. NDSU
North Dakota etched its first win in Fargo in 36 years with a 3-0 sweep over host North Dakota State in front of 1,413 fans at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse on Oct. 9, 2012 in non-conference volleyball action.
UND used quick starts in the first two sets and a comeback rally in the decider to give North Dakota just its sixth overall win in 75 matches in the series since 1976. The historic night came in front of the ninth-largest crowd ever to attend a Bison volleyball match at the Fieldhouse.
It was the start that UND (9-10 overall) wanted to help silence a usually bonkers Bison crowd. Following the first point by the Bison, North Dakota rattled-off seven straight points and forced an early NDSU (7-12 overall) timeout. With the score 17-10 in favor of the visitors, a prolonged rally was finally finished by the Bison. But, NDSU couldn't take advantage of the temporary momentum swing and UND stretched its lead to eight at 22-14 to prompt another Bison stoppage. Four straight NDSU points got it within four but Nikki Husfeldt dumped over her second kill of the set and later Felicia Ulrich finished the set for a 25-19 UND victory.
UND cooked up the same recipe in the second set, scoring the first four points en route to a 5-1 lead. NDSU eventually re-tied the score at 10-apiece before taking a 16-12 advantage, its largest of the night to that point. Ellen Krueger was key in that second set, notching five kills in that frame alone as North Dakota got it back to 17-17. Later, UND was the beneficiary of a pair of Bison errors to knot the score at 21-21 then Ulrich powered down a kill in the midst of a set-ending 6-0 run for the Green and White.
It was NDSU's turn to take an early lead in the third set, jumping out to a 7-1 advantage. UND quickly rallied to make it 11-all behind the service of freshman Lauren Clarke. UND generated a 9-2 run in a set that would see seven tie scores. With NDSU leading 18-16, the Kelly Green got kills from Ulrich and Lisa Parlich on consecutive plays and Clarke served up her second ace of the set and UND found itself in front, 20-18, and closing in on a big sweep.
A kill by Ronni Munkeby followed by a Krueger finish and a Husfeldt ace put UND on top, 23-19. The Bison would score the next two points to prompt a timeout by UND head coach Ashley Hardee. Munkeby again squashed any momentum NDSU might have gained and Lexi Robinson put the exclamation point on the win with one of her match-high 13 kills to end it .
Robinson was part of three UND players with double-digit kill totals as Krueger and Ulrich each added 10 for the victors. Robinson added 10 digs for her 11th double-double of the season and Clarke etched 22 big digs for the UND defense. Husfeldt tallied 42 assists in the win.
ALL-TIME VS. NDSU
Since 1976, NDSU has won 69 of the 75 prior meetings between the schools, but UND owns two wins in the three Division I meetings. UND swept the Bison last season. NDSU held a 62-match winning streak over UND from 1976 to 2001. The Bison swept 56 matches and won 173 of 180 sets during that span. UND broke that streak with a 3-0 win Oct. 5, 2002, in Grand Forks, but did not win in Fargo from Oct. 19, 1976 until last season’s win.
ON THE HORIZON
UND ventures back out on the road to battle Sacramento State followed by Northern Colorado. The match with the Hornets comes on Saturday with the defending league tourney champ Bears on Monday in Greeley, Colo. North Dakota’s next home appearance comes Oct. 10 and 12 against Eastern Washington and Portland State, respectively.
The University of North Dakota volleyball program holds a 601-713-3 (.457) record all-time since the first game was played on Sept. 22, 1976. Under head coach Ashley Hardee, UND is 96-40 (.706).
YOU BETTY RECOGNIZE
North Dakota is 70-36 all-time at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, which opened prior to the 2004 season. Since 2008, UND is a staggering 48-10 (.828) including a school-record 13 wins in 2011.
North Dakota etched its 600th win in the program’s history with Thursday’s 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. 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.
Munkeby’s 26 kills came on just 48 attempts with eight errors for a .375 hitting percentage, part of UND’s league-leading .271 clip as a team. Munkeby sets the pace in the Big Sky with her 1.24 blocks per set average.
UND 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.
RIGHT ON PAR-LICH
Senior Lisa Parlich was named to the UND Classic All-Tournament Team. It marks the second straight season for that honor after she was the MVP of the 2012 tourney.
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.
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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UND ON THE RADIO
A pair of key UND matches will be available on the radio as well. Tune in to hear Paul Ralston’s call for the NDSU showdown at the Betty as well as the home macth vs. Eastern Washington. The matches will be aired on KKXL-AM 1440 (Grand Forks) , WDAY-AM 970 (Fargo) and KNDK 95.7 FM (Langdon).
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.