|Fri, Oct 13||at Montana State *|
|Sat, Oct 14||at Montana *|
BY THE NUMBERS
32 Number of sets in a row UND has won at home, dating back to last season
19 UND’s wins this year (tied for NCAA lead with VCU)
17 Consecutive UND home wins, dating back to last season
15 Number of 20-win seasons in UND program history (last four years and eight of last nine)
14 North Dakota’s rank in the latest VolleyballMagazine.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll
*UND is tied for the NCAA lead in wins (19). Virginia Commonwealth has 19 while Western Kentucky has 18 entering this week.
*UND’s attendance of 3,140 in the home opener (vs. NDSU) was the first-ever sellout for volleyball at The “Betty”.
*Faith Dooley is the UND career record holder for blocks (597), breaking a 26-year-old record.
*Dooley has won three Big Sky Player of the Week nods, two defensive (Aug 28 and Oct 2- defensive, Sep 26 - offensive)
*Her 120 total blocks this season rank 2nd in the NCAA. She ranks 25th in NCAA in blocks/set.
*UND had seven different players named to all-tournament teams with three different MVPs in pre-league tourneys this season.
*Sydney Griffin became the fifth UND player all-time to reach 3,000 career assists and is now in 4th place (3,668).
*Griffin tallied her first career triple-double (42 assists, 19 digs, 10 blocks) Oct. 5 at Sacramento State. It was UND’s first triple-double since 2014 (Nikki Husfeldt).
*Her 872 assists this season are second-most in the NCAA.
*North Dakota has won four five-set matches this season.
*North Dakota has won 17 straight matches at home.
*UND has rattled off an incredible 32 straight set wins at home.
*Griffin has 16 career matches with 50 or more assists. *Three different players have notched double-doubles this season (Merseli 9, Griffin 8, Dooley 1).
*UND fell to No. 14 in the latest VolleyballMag.com Mid-Major Top 25 Poll.
North Dakota heads to Montana State and Montana, respectively, following the season’s first back-to-back losses. UND is finishing a stretch that puts the Fighting Hawks on the road for six of their first eight conference matches.
FLIRTING WITH A QUAD
Senior setter Sydney Griffin nearly pulled off a very rare quadruple-double in the Oct. 5 match at Sacramento State. She was just two kills shy of pulling the stunt, settling for her first career triple-double (42 assists, 19 disg, 10 blocks) and UND’s first triple-double since Nikki Husfeldt did it back in 2014.
After two weeks at No. 10, North Dakota dropped to No. 14 in the VolleyballMag.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll. The Fighting Hawks have been ranked in evvery week, first appearing in the poll at 15 before moving to 13 then 11 and landing on 10 for the previous two polls. Now in its second season, the mid-major poll ranks schools not among the power-five conferences (ACC, SEC, Pac-12, Big 10 or Big 12).
ALL-TIME SERIES WITH MONTANA STATE
North Dakota is 9-2 all-time against Montana State, including a pair of sweeps last season. UND has won eight straight in the series and has dropped just three sets in that span.
ALL-TIME SERIES WITH MONTANA
North Dakota is 13-1 all-time against Montana, including two 3-0 wins last season. UND has won the last 13 meetings with 11 of those via sweep.
DOOLEY DOES IT AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN
Senior Faith Dooley has now won the Big Sky Conference’s Player of the Week award three times after earning the defensive nod October 2nd. She has had the top defensive honor twice and was the offensive winner on Sep. 26. The Fighting Hawks have had at least one player win a weekly award in five of the seven weeks thus far.
DID I HEAR A NINER IN THERE?
North Dakota got out to a fast start to the season, playing 10 matches in the span of the first nine days. It involved matches in four states (Mississippi, Georgia, New Mexico, Texas).
FORMIDABLE FOES FOR FIGHTING HAWKS IN FIRST FORTNIGHT
Those 10 matches in the opening two weekends were against some top talent. Four of the first 10 opponents finished in the top 100 in last season’s RPI rankings. UNLV was 30, Georgia Tech 49, New Mexico State was 79th and Ole Miss ranked 95 in the RPI at the end of last year. North Dakota finished 92 in the final RPI rankings, second only to Northern Arizona (91) in the Big Sky Conference.
North Dakota zapped another “Power 5 Conference” school (ACC, SEC, PAC-12, Big 10 or Big 12) with its 3-2 win over Ole Miss Aug. 25th. It was the second it less than a calendar year after last season’s 3-1 win over the ACC’s Clemson on 9/8/16. UND also defeated Mississippi State from the SEC back in 2014.
BECAUSE YOU GOT TO HAVE-A FAITH
Senior Faith Dooley became the school’s all-time leader in career blocks, eclipsing the mark in the win over Louisiana Tech on Aug. 26, 2017. She surpassed Karla Danielson’s mark which had stood since 1991.
BIG SKY BLOCKS
Dooley is also vaulting up the career record books in the Big Sky, already claiming the fourth-most total blocks by any Big Sky player.
- Brittney Bisaillon (WSU 2005-08) ........................... 657
- Lisa Couch* (PSU 1982-85) .................................... 636
- Lindsay Haupt (SAC 2004-07) ................................. 616
- Faith Dooley (UND 2014-2017)............................ 597
TOP TEN FOR DOOLEY
Faith Dooley became just the 17th UND player all-time to reach 1,000 kills in her career and only the fifth to do so as a junior. She currently sits at 1,291 kills heading into this week, which puts her in 5th place all-time at UND.
MOVING ON UP
Senior Sydney Griffin became just the fifth UND player to notch 3,000 career assists as UND lost to Georgia Tech, 3-0, on Aug. 27. Griffin reached the plateau in just two full seasons and a handful of matches (86 matches played).
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FIGHTING HAWKS ON THE INTERNET
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FIGHTING HAWKS ON TV
Midco Sports Network will televise three UND volleyball matches as part of its broadcast deal that includes football, men’s hockey, men’s basketball and women’s basketball.
FIGHTING HAWKS ON RADIO
The UND Sports Home of Economy Radio Network will pick up six North Dakota volleyball home matches this season. They will air over 1440-AM KKXL in the Grand Forks area and will be streamed online at UNDsports.com. Paul Ralston will handle the play-by-play.