The North Dakota State women's volleyball team (0-6) dropped a pair of matches Saturday, Sept. 7, in the Doublewood Inn Classic. NDSU was able to take a set from Wisconsin (6-0) in the first match of the day but came up short, falling 3-1. The Bison then battled Northern Iowa (3-4) in the nightcap and dropped the match, 3-0.
In the opening match against the Badgers, NDSU jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first set after an attack error only to see Wisconsin battle back and tie the set at three on a kill from Ellen Chapman. The Bison took the lead again after Emily Miron's kill made it 4-3 but that would be there final lead of the set as the Badgers scored eight of the next 11 points to take an 11-7 lead, a lead they would hold onto and win set one, 25-14.
The Bison opened the second set by scoring the first four points. NDSU extended its lead to 10-4 on another kill by Miron. The Badgers cut the lead to 13-11 after another Chapman kill but NDSU scored four of the next five points, making it 17-12 Bison after a Wisconsin attacking error. The Bison widened the advantage to 20-13 on another Wisconsin attacking error and Miron's sixth kill of the match gave NDSU the 25-22 win in set two, knotting the match at one.
Set three saw the Badgers jump out to a 4-2 lead on a kill from Chapman. The Bison clawed back to within 4-3 on Jenni Fassbender's kill but Wisconsin answered, scoring three points to open up a 6-3 lead. The Badgers went on to win the third set, 25-12, and take a 2-1 lead in the match.
The Bison took a 7-2 lead in the fourth set after a Fassbender kill but Wisconsin came back to pull within 7-5 after an NDSU attacking error. NDSU went ahead 10-8 on a Emily Minnick kill but the Badgers scored eight of the next 10 points and took a 16-12 lead over the Bison on an attacking error. The Bison pulled as close as 16-13 but couldn't get any closer, scoring just three more points the rest of the set to fall 25-16 and drop the match 3-1.
Miron led the Bison offensively in the first match with eight kills while Danielle Dombeck had 17 digs to lead the defensive effort. Wisconsin was paced in scoring by Chapman with a match-high 23 kills while Taylor Morey had 16 digs.
The nightcap against Northern Iowa saw NDSU take an early 2-0 lead in set one on a Panther attacking error only to have UNI roar back and claim a 6-4 lead after a Bison attacking error. The Bison tied the set at 12 on a Miron kill and extended the lead to 14-12 after an Ariel Listebarger service ace. A Miron kill made the Bison lead at 17-15 but UNI went on to score 10 of the next 13 points to win the set 25-18.
The Bison fell behind 3-1 in the second set but was able to force two ties before UNI took the lead for good at 12-11 on a NDSU service error. The Bison cut the Panther advantage to four after a service error but couldn't get any closer, dropping the set 25-19.
NDSU opened set three on fire, jumping out to an early 2-1 lead, extending the advantage to 10-5 over UNI after a Minnick kill. Once again, the Panthers fought back, though, and tied the set at 14 after an NDSU attacking error. The Bison didn't back down after seeing their lead disappear, tying the set at 22 on another Minnick kill. UNI regained the lead at 23-22 on a kill from Courtney Kintzel but a Miron kill knotted the score at 23. UNI scored the final two points though as the Bison fell 25-23 in set three to lose the match, 3-0.
Minnick and Miron led NDSU in game two, tallying 11 and nine kills while Fassbender had eight, respectively. Dombeck had a team-high 14 digs in the match. Macy Ubben led UNI in kills with 14 while Amie Held had 16 digs.
Miron garnered All-Tournament team honors for the Bison while Ubben and Shelby Kintzel were named to the team from Northern Iowa. Wisconsin had three selections to the team in MVP Courtney Thomas, Annemarie Hickey and Taylor Morey while Louisville's Caitlin Welch rounded out the selections for the team.
The Bison return to action Sept. 13-14 when they travel to Statesboro, Georgia for the Georgia Southern Tournament.
Courtesy: NDSU Athletics