OGDEN, Utah-- Freshman Anna Pioske recorded 44 combined kills in a pair of road wins for North Dakota this week, earning her Big Sky Conference Player of the Week accolades as announced by league officials Monday. Pioske tallied a career-best 23 finishes in a five-set win at Idaho State and added 21 the following night at Weber State.
Friday, she totaled eight digs and five total blocks. Six of her kills came in the fifth set alone on just eight swings without an error.
Saturday, she tallied 21 kills with eight digs and four total blocks to help UND defeat Weber State, 3-1, and clinch a berth into the Big Sky Conference Tournament. It marked the 17th win in its last 19 matches and gave UND a 13-1 league mark, two games ahead of Portland State.
Again, she saved her best for the final set, hammering home seven of her kills in that fourth frame on 12 swings without an error.
For the week, Pioske averaged 4.89 kills, 1.78 digs and 1.0 blocks per set. She hit .341 with 44 kills on 91 attempts with 13 errors.
She is the third UND player of the week with senior Ronni Munkeby earning back-to-back awards on Sep. 23 and 30.
North Dakota will play four of its final six regular season matches at home beginning Friday with a 7:00 p.m. tilt against Northern Colorado.