Volleyball Loses in 3 Sets, Playoffs Still on Horizon
Published: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 16:11
The NDSU volleyball team fell to South Dakota Sunday in a 25-9, 25-22 and 25-17 sweep, bringing their record to 11-16 overall and 7-8 in Summit League play.
Making a match-high 18 digs for NDSU was Andrea Henning, while Megan Lambertson made 11 kills and Jenni Fassbender contributed 8 kills.
Both NDSU and USD are tied for sixth place for playoff contention, but neither team is yet eliminated. The Bison will play again at 7 p.m. Friday at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse against SDSU. The women must win in order to qualify for the four-team Summit League tournament, which is held at the BBF this year.
At 8-8, both NDSU and USD would be eligible for the league tournament in the event of a five-way tie for third place. This would be with Oakland, SDSU and Kansas City by virtue of their 5-3 records.
To qualify in a four-way tie for third place with Oakland and Kansas City, NDSU and SDSU would each have to be 4-2 among the group of tied teams.
In order to qualify in a four-way tie for fourth place at 8-8 with Kansas City, SDSU and USD, the Bison would need a combined record to 4-2 against these teams and a 2-0 record over UMKC.
For a possibility of qualifying in a three-way tie for fourth place with SDSU and Kansas City at 8-8, the women would need a 3-1 record against those teams.
If Kansas City wins at Omaha and Oakland wins one or both their games at IUPUI and Western Illinois, then a win against SDSU this Friday will not matter. UMKC and Oakland would advance.
The Bison have made the Summit League tournament the last five years.