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UND volleyball: Sioux advance to championship

HOUSTON, Texas -- The last time UND played South Dakota, the Great West regular-season title was on the line. The Coyotes pushed the match to five sets before falling to the Sioux.

HOUSTON, Texas -- The last time UND played South Dakota, the Great West regular-season title was on the line. The Coyotes pushed the match to five sets before falling to the Sioux.

The teams met again Friday night in the semifinal round of the Great West Tournament. It was a different story.

UND swept South Dakota 25-12, 25-19, 25-19 for its 11th straight win.

The Sioux will play Utah Valley in today's championship at 2 p.m.

UND doubled the Coyotes in kills, 40-20, led by Devin Trefz with 12 and Annika Smed with 11. Smed also had a team-high 16 digs for her ninth double-double of the season.

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"We wanted to set the tone early and we did just that," Sioux coach Ashley Hardee said. "We were very efficient in the opening set and played much better than last Saturday. Devin and Annika were outstanding again and they have played great against USD all season."

The Sioux held South Dakota to a -- .011 hitting percentage while hitting .282.

"Our defensive effort was outstanding tonight," Hardee said. "To hold them to a negative hitting percentage was big time. We had several players step up tonight and play really well. We have one more to go and we will need this same kind of effort and intensity to get the job done tomorrow."

Senior middle hitters Britta Hanson and Amanda Polzin each recorded six kills and three blocks.

With the first set tied at three, UND got six straight points to take control. The 13-point victory in set one was the largest set win over the Coyotes this season.

The Sioux had a 10-1 run in the second set and jumped on South Dakota early in the third to win the match.

Senior setter Megan Langseth, who was named the league's setter of the year on Thursday, handed out 26 assists and had five straight points to begin the third set.

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