Bison Go 0-2 Over the Weekend
Published: Monday, October 7, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 7, 2013 13:10
At the start of the game on Friday night, the NDSU volleyball team was undefeated in the Summit League. After losing two matches at home over the weekend, the Bison are now 1-2 in the conference. The Bison lost their first match of the weekend on Friday South Dakota. Set scores were 26-24, 23-25, 25-15, and 25-14. The second match of the weekend, the Bison lost to Denver on Saturday. Set scores against Denver were 25-20, 25-14, and 25-18.
When they played USD (12-6, 3-0 Summit) the Bison were right alongside the Coyotes, but they couldn’t close matches out. Sophomore Jenni Fassbender and freshman Emily Minnick led the Bison with 15 kills each against USD. Minnick had a hitting percentage of .423, which matched her season-high kill output. The Bison took a lead late in the first set, but the Coyotes made the comeback with Kritenbrink leading the way. The Bison lead the second set 16-11, but again the Coyotes made the comeback to tie it all up at 22 apiece. Fassbender does what she does best and made a kill that would give the Bison the second set. Freshman libero Emily Milligan had nine digs for the Bison.
Saturdays match sets were close, but the Bison couldn’t get a set win against Denver (10-7, 4-0 Summit). Jenni Fassbender continues to lead the Bison; she had 13 kills against the Pioneers. Nola Basey had 11 kills and Moni Corrujedo had 10 kills to led Denver. Freshman Monica Claxton had 27 assists for the Bison, Fassbender and Emily Milligan each had nine digs for the Bison. The Bison and Pioneers were tied 13-13 in the opening set, but the Pioneers pulled away to take that one from the Bison. NDSU came out with a lot of energy during the third set, but fell behind early and couldn’t get back into it. This is the first year Denver has been in the Summit League and Saturday’s match was the first match between NDSU and Denver since 1995.
“We are going to have to play good volleyball every night and it’s going to be tough on the road,” NDSU coach Kari Thompson said.
The Bison head to Omaha next on Friday.