VOLLEYBALL STARTS NEW SEASON & SOCCER COMPETES IN NEW YORK
Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 16:09
New season, new teammates, new schedule and a fresh start for Bison athletics. The NDSU volleyball team started off their season with a loss to No. 24 Wichita State at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Invitational. The Bison lost 3-0 with scores being 25-22, 25-16 and 25-18. Three freshmen took the Bison into battle; middle blocker Emily Miron had ten kills and four blocks. Monica Claxton had 28 assists, and Emily Milligan had 10 digs to lead the Bison. Freshman Hadley Steffen, junior Katie Anderson and senior Dani DeGagne made their first Bison appearances.
Bison (0-3) volleyball couldn’t pick up a win over opening weekend. The Bison lost to Utah Valley 3-0 and their last match of the night they lost to Arizona State 3-0. NDSU got back to within three of Utah State, 8-5, but couldn’t stay that close, losing first set 25-14.
After a competitive second set, Bison took a commanding 7-3 lead in the third set with help from Jenni Fassbender. The Wolverines came back, but with an Emily Minnick kill the Bison took the lead 8-7. The Wolverines took advantage of some Bison attacking errors and took the last set, 25-19.
In every set against Arizona State the Bison jumped out to take the lead, but just couldn’t finish the Sun Devils. The scores of each set were 25-14, 25-19, and 25-16. Jenni Fassbender led the Bison in kills in both matches on Saturday. The Bison volleyball had a lot of positive takeaways, including a player named to the All-Tournament Team. Ariel Listebarger had a team-high 21 digs, which averages out to 2.33 per match.
The Bison look to get their first win on Friday when Louisville comes to town.
It isn’t the first game for the NDSU women’s soccer team, but they did get to play in the Big Apple on Friday. They lost to Hofstra 3-1. Hofstra was up 2-0 on the Bison heading into halftime. The Bison scored a goal in the 77th minute by Lauren Miller, but they couldn’t kick back into it. Bison goalkeeper Sierra Bonham had 12 saves, playing the whole match, but her record drops to 1-2-0 on the season.
The second game in the Big Apple, the Bison couldn’t keep up with the powerhouse from the Big East Conference, St. John’s. The Red Storm took it to the Bison, scoring five goals, and shutting out the Bison. The Bison were outshot in the match 26-3. The only shot-on-goal came from Lizzie Lukas. Sierra Bonham went 56 minutes in-goal for the Bison and made four saves. Her record falls to 1-3.
NDSU (1-3) looks to get back into the winning column on Friday, when they host the winless Idaho Vandals (0-3) in the first ever regular season soccer match at historic Dacotah Field.