– The North Dakota State volleyball team claimed the opening set against first-place South Dakota in a Summit League road match on Sunday, Nov. 3, but the Coyotes ultimately rallied back to take a 3-1 victory. South Dakota won by set scores of 16-25, 25-23, 25-11 and 25-13.
NDSU (4-19, 4-6 Summit) was led by 15 kills from sophomore outside hitter Jenni Fassbender. Freshman middle blocker Emily Miron had 10 kills and led the Bison with a .368 hitting percentage for the match.
Setter Monica Claxton had 41 assists, and Emily Milligan led NDSU with 12 digs.
South Dakota (18-8, 9-2 Summit) received 18 kills from junior Kendall Kritenbrink. The Coyotes hit .361 for the match.
Up 16-13 midway through the first set, NDSU put together a 5-0 run and finished on a 9-3 run to take a 1-0 lead. The Bison hit .344 in the opening set.
South Dakota trailed 20-18 in the second set before scoring four straight points to open a 22-20 lead. The Bison tied the score at 23-23, but a kill by Sydney Dimke and an ace Kritenbrink gave the set to the Coyotes.
NDSU struggled offensively over the final two sets, posting an attack percentage of .055. South Dakota hit .448 over the final two sets, using an 8-0 run in the third and a 7-0 run in the fourth to pull away.
NDSU will host Western Illinois and Omaha on Nov. 8 and Nov. 9 inside the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse. Both matches are scheduled for 7 p.m. With South Dakota State's loss at Denver on Sunday, the Bison are one win or one SDSU loss from clinching a spot in The Summit League Tournament.