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Fans can catch three huge home matchups on Midco Sports Network, beginning with the in-state rivalry with NDSU in the home opener.
MidcoSN to carry three key UND volleyball matches
Release: 08/03/2017
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GRAND FORKS, N.D.-- Midco Sports Network will air three pivotal University of North Dakota volleyball matches as part of its live production and broadcast package this upcoming season. MidcoSN will cover three huge tilts at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center as the Fighting Hawks aim to defend their Big Sky Conference title.

The home slate gets off to a big start as in-state rival North Dakota State will be the opponent on Wednesday, Sept. 6. The teams have met seven times in the Division I era, with UND winning five of those, including a convincing 3-0 sweep last season in Fargo, N.D.

"The match with NDSU will be able to show our regional fans that we have the highest attendance of any Summit League or Big Sky school, and it's really not even close," UND head coach Mark Pryor said. "It's a great match to showcase our fan support."

Idaho State will be the opponent in the second MidcoSN match, a perennial favorite in the Big Sky Conference. Last season, ISU rallied from down two-sets-to-none to stun the Fighting Hawks in five on Oct. 21. From there, however, UND would steamroll through the rest of its schedule, winning 11 straight and losing just three total sets in that stretch. That span included three convincing sweeps in the postseason conference tournament.

"Idaho State is always a challenge for us, so that will be a high level match between two programs that have some elite offensive players," Pryor said of the Bengals.

The final MidcoSN telecast comes Nov. 9 with another key league matchup that could help decide the regular season champion and site of this year's postseason tournament. Northern Arizona will look for revenge after UND snapped the Lumberjacks' 25-match home match winning streak last season and then ousted NAU in the league tournament championship en route to its first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament appearance.

"The NAU match will always be a big one," Pryor admitted. "They are an extremely talented and well-coached team. They are always at the top of the league. That match could determine who wins the league."

Midco Sports Net is entering its sixth season airing UND sports. Alex Heinert will once again handle play-by-play duties this year along with returning analyst Angie Stokke.

The UND Sports Home of Economy Radio Network will also carry all three of the above matches live on 1440-AM KKXL and will pick up broadcasts on Sep. 8 vs. Appalachian State, Sep. 28 vs. Idaho and Oct. 26 vs. Montana. UND Director of Broadcast Properties Paul Ralston will anchor the coverage of the six-match radio schedule.

UND will announce the rest of its television and webcast schedule at a later date.

UND volleyball matches on Midco Sports Network (ch. 622 in GF area)
Sep 6 - vs. North Dakota State - 7:00 pm
Oct 19 - vs. Idaho State* - 7:00 pm
Nov 9 - vs. Northern Arizona* - 7:00 pm

UND volleyball matches on Home of Economy Radio Network (1440-AM KKXL) 
Sep 6 - vs. North Dakota State - 7:00 pm
Sep 8 - vs. Appalachian State - 7:00 pm
Sep 28 - vs. Idaho* - 7:00 pm
Oct 19 - vs. Idaho State* - 7:00 pm
Oct 28 - vs. Montana* - 7:00 pm
Nov 9 - vs. Northern Arizona* - 7:00 pm

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2013 Big Sky regular season champions
2016 Big Sky regular season champions
2016 Big Sky Tournament champions
2017 Big Sky Tournament champions
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