There is a good possibility of playing in the upcoming Big Sky Conference tournament. But UND’s 3-0 sweep of Portland State on Thursday night at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center may go down as the program’s biggest win of the season.
North Dakota left no doubt which team was better poised to head to the Big Sky tournament in Greeley, Colo., on Nov. 23-24. UND sophomore setter Nikki Husfeldt distributed 38 assists as North Dakota rolled to a 25-17, 25-20, 25-18 victory over Southern Utah at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.
UND followed last year’s four-set victory with a 25-19, 25-21, 25-22 win at Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse – NDSU’s home floor. It was the second win in three tries for UND since the series renewed two years ago and it came in front of 1,413 fans, the 10th largest crowd in NDSU history.
North Dakota and North Dakota State have renewed their volleyball rivalry the past two seasons — the first two matchups in the NCAA Division I era. UND visits Fargo at 7 Tuesday night to face the Bison with two meaningful Big Sky matchups lingering for the weekend.
In its first year in the league, a young UND volleyball team sits in the middle of the Big Sky Conference standings and hasn’t been able to knock off the conference favorites. The trend continued Monday, but the Green and White proved they’re closing the gap on the top end of the Big Sky.
Ronni Munkeby had 15 kills and Nikki Husfeldt added 38 assists as North Dakota swept Montana 26-24, 25-15, 26-24 for the program’s first Big Sky victory on Saturday night at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.
UND volleyball coach Ashley Hardee wasn’t pleased with the predictability of his offense Friday night against South Dakota.
The only saving grace was that meant more swings for junior middle hitter Lisa Parlich.
The summer recruiting season for UND’s Ashley Hardee is heating up, and the coach has some new firepower to bring to potential future players. Hardee has received a one-year contract extension that runs through the 2016 season, the school announced Tuesday.
In UND coach Ashley Hardee’s three years with the Sioux, his team had never employed a two-setter offense.
UND practiced the scheme over the past week and Hardee kept the formation in his back pocket until the final match of the year.
The unveiling of the new look produced a third consecutive Great West Conference tournament title.
The Great West Conference volleyball tournament’s anticipated championship showdown is set.
UND rode 20 kills by Devin Trefz to a 25-12, 18-25, 25-20, 25-14 win over Houston Baptist on Friday night in the semifinals of the Great West tournament at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.
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