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Senior Ellen Krueger (left), senior Ronni Munkeby (center) and freshman Anna Pioske helped UND earn its first-ever Big Sky Conference title.
Recapping a championship volleyball season
Courtesy: Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations
Release: 01/20/2014
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QUICK SETS (22-11 overall, 17-3 Big Sky)
*UND has 13 all-time seasons with 20 or more wins, four of those coming in the last five seasons.
*UND’s 17 conference wins in 2013 were the most in school history.
*North Dakota totaled 13 wins via sweep, including each of its last three victories.
*Eight of UND’s final 11 wins came via sweep.
*UND went 21-5 following a 1-6 start to the season.
*UND led the Big Sky Conference in hitting percentage (.247), opponent hit percentage (.182), kills per set (13.79) and blocks per set (2.65).
*Lisa Parlich set the pace in the league in hitting (.369) and Nikki Husfeldt was the conference leader in assists (10.97/set).
*North Dakota's regular season Big Sky crown was its third Division I regular season title (won a pair of regular season titles (2009, 2010) and three league tournament titles (2009, 2010, 2011) in the Great West).
*The regular season title was the first-ever Big Sky championship for any North Dakota team.

UND appears in the top 50 in three different statistical categories among NCAA Division I teams. A pair of players also are among the country's top statistical leaders in their respective categories:

Category        Stat    NCAA rank
Blocks/set    2.65    36
Hit percentage    .247    46
Kills/set        13.79    48

Category        Stat        NCAA rank
Assists/set    10.97- Husfeldt    38
Kills/set        .369- Parlich    42

Lisa Parlich tied the UND record with 149 total blocks this season. Her 15 solos and 134 assist blocks hled her tie the mark held by Tara Holmen, who set the mark in 2004. Parlich's 134 assist blocks set a new UND season mark.

Senior Ronni Munkeby was named to the All-Big Sky Conference First Team while Anna Pioske took home co-Freshman of the Year, highlighting a group of four UND players lauded with postseason accolades. Senior Lisa Parlich and junior Nikki Husfeldt were part of the second team and Pioske also grabbed an honorable mention nod.

North Dakota averaged 1,131 fans per home match in 2013, leading the Big Sky Conference. That total ranked 39th in NCAA, and it was the largest home average by a Big Sky school since 2006.

Sophomore libero Lauren Clarke went over 1,000 digs in her career in a Nov. 21 win over Northern Arizona. Clarke already has 1,049 digs in her two seasons at UND and is just the 15th player to surpass 1,000 digs in a North Dakota uniform-- the first to do so as a sophomore.

Junior Nikki Husfeldt recorded a new career high with 65 assists in the five-set win at Idaho State Nov. 1. She followed up with 47 assists the next night to push her over 1,000 for the season. She sits just 10 shy of 4,000 for her career at UND.

Senior Ronni Munkeby rocketed up the career kill leaders chart at UND, moving into 12th place. Fellow senior Lisa Parlich fell just short of the 1,000-kill mark, finishing with 983 kills at North Dakota.

Career kill leaders at UND
1. Karla Danielson    1,732
10. Britta Hanson    1,141
11. Kristi Rasmussen    1,137
12. Ronni Munkeby    1,111
13. Jody Paperno    1,085
14. Renee Larson    1,039
15. Aileen Cahill    1,022
--  Lisa Parlich    983

North Dakota improved to 78-37 all-time at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, which opened prior to the 2004 season.  Since 2008, UND is a staggering 56-11 (.836) including a school-record 13 wins in 2011.

UND teams know plenty about running together long conference winning streaks in recent years. UND etched a season-high nine-match league winning streak in 2013, its fourth stretch of eight matches or more in a single season over the past five seasons.

2010    Great West    *12
2009    Great West    *9
2013    Big Sky    9
2011    Great West    8
*These streaks ran concurrent for 21-straight league wins.

Two University of North Dakota volleyball student-athletes were been recognized for their hard work in the classroom in addition to their on-court achievements as senior Ronni Munkeby (Lisbon, N.D.) and sophomore Lauren Clarke (Naperville, Ill./Waubonsie) were each named to the 2013 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. Capital One has been the entitlement rights holder to CoSIDA’s Academic All-America teams programs since 2011.

The Academic All-District® teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. Honorees are chosen from NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools. District 6 is comprised of schools located in Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Senior Ronni Munkeby (graduated with 4.0 GPA) was also named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Third Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Munkeby becomes the 65th Academic All-America honoree in UND history and 16th since making the transition to NCAA Division I in 2008-09.

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).

Freshman Anna Pioske recorded 44 combined kills in a pair of road wins for North Dakota at Idaho State and Weber State, earning her Big Sky Conference Player of the Week accolades as announced by league officials Nov. 4. Pioske tallied a career-best 23 finishes in a five-set win at Idaho State and added 21 the following night at Weber State. She was named to the All-Big Sky Conference honorable mention team and was the Co-Freshman of the Year.

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.

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.


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