Bison Take It to Western Illinois
Published: Monday, October 22, 2012
Updated: Monday, October 22, 2012 16:10
The magic number was fourteen Saturday night in Macomb, Ill. Byrnn Joki and Megan Lambertson had 14 kills apiece and were the key parts to the NDSU 3-1 win over Western Illinois in a Summit League volleyball contest.
The Bison won the first two sets, 25-22, 25-21, but then lost the third set 18-25, and rallied to finish off their opponent 25-19 in the final set.
Danielle Dombeck had her second straight double-double and had a career-high 11 kills and a total of 10 digs for her the Bison. NDSU now are three games under .500 and have a record of 10-13 overall and is in a three-way tie for fourth place in the Summit League with a record of 6-5.
For Western Illinois Samantha Fournier had 16 kills and teammate Mallory Gibson had 9 blocks, she also had five solo stops. The Fighting Leathernecks now have a record of 9-14 and sit at 3-9 in the Summit League.
NDSU closed the first set on an 11-1 run. The score was 22-19 and Lambertson had a pair of kills to tie it up, teammate Joki had two kills out of the Fighting Leathernecks timeout to make it 24-22, Western Illinois made their only two attacking errors of the set during NDSU’s six point run.
In the second set the Bison got after it and started the set up 5-1 and then never trailed. The score was 22-20 before Joki and Lambertson had back-to-back kills to reach the set point. Lambertson hit .600 with her six kills and no errors during that second set.
NDSU never quite recovered from the 4-1 deficit in the third set. The Fighting Leathernecks led by nine at the 19-10 point and then a four-point NDSU run, and the NDSU closed the gap, 21-17 on a Joki kill and a Lambertson ace to force a Western Illinois timeout.
Catherine Yager and Carissa Whalen had a pair of kills to break a 16-16 tie in the fourth set and light fire under the Bison and they went on a 7-1 run to put the match against Western Illinois away. The Fighting Leathernecks hit -.027 with seven kills and eight attacking errors in the final set.
Catherine Yager had her seventh double-double of the year with 48 assists and 10 digs and the Bison outhit the Fighting Leathernecks by a .242 to .190 margin. The Bison’s libero, Andrea Henning had 17 digs.
The Bison are scheduled to host the Summit League leader Fort Wayne at 7 p.m. Friday and then the fourth-place team Oakland at 7 p.m. Saturday.