THIS WEEK: The North Dakota State women's volleyball
team goes for its third straight win Tuesday, Oct. 9, when the Bison (7-11)
host North Dakota (8-10) at 7 p.m. in a non-conference match at the Bentson
Bunker Fieldhouse (1,206) in Fargo.
North Dakota State evened its Summit League record at 4-4 and is
part of a three-way tie for fourth place after beating South Dakota 3-0 and
Kansas City 3-1 over the weekend. Those
were the first back-to-back wins for the Bison this season.
NDSU returns to Summit League play Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m.
against Omaha before facing Missouri Valley Conference opponent Drake next
Monday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. to close out the five-match homestand.
TICKETS & PARKING: Tickets for NDSU home
volleyball matches are available in advance at the Bison Sports Arena ticket
office, online at GoBison.com/tickets, or by telephone toll free at (888)
231-NDSU. General admission tickets are
$8 for adults and $5 for youth ages 3-17, and reserved tickets are $10. Game day tickets are sold at the Bentson
Bunker Fieldhouse. Doors open 1 hour
prior to the match. Free parking after
4:30 p.m. is available in the CF and SF lots adjacent to the Bentson Bunker
Fieldhouse, Visitors Lot E, and the RF lot south of the Bison Sports Arena.
ON THE WEB: Live video of all NDSU home volleyball
matches is available by subscription to NDSU All Access on GoBison.com. Prices are $9.95 monthly, $29.95 every four
months and $79.95 annually. This year's
webcasts will be produced by the Bison Information Network with Ryan Nelson
calling the play-by-play. Games will
re-air on SU TV channel 84 and will be available to NDSU All Access subscribers
on-demand. Live stats for all NDSU home
games are available on GoBison.com free of charge and also through the NDSU
Bison mobile app for Android, iPhone and iPod Touch.
THE SERIES: Tuesday is the 90th meeting between North
Dakota State and North Dakota dating back to 1966. NDSU leads the series 77-12. The teams have split two meetings as Division
I opponents. NDSU won 3-0 in Fargo two
years ago and UND won 3-1 in Grand Forks last year. The Bison are 4-4 against Big Sky Conference
teams since 2005.
The NDSU-UND volleyball series was tied 10-10 before a 62-match
winning streak by NDSU from 1976 to 2001.
The Bison swept 56 matches and won 173 of 180 sets during that
span. UND broke the streak with a 3-0
win Oct. 5, 2002, in Grand Forks, but has not won in Fargo since Oct. 19, 1976,
when UND won 15-11, 11-15, 15-7.
ABOUT NORTH DAKOTA: North Dakota is 8-10
overall and 4-4 in the Big Sky Conference after winning 3-1 at Eastern
Washington on Thursday and losing 3-0 at Portland State on Saturday. UND is 2-5 on the road this year. Three starters are back from last year's 26-5
team that placed second in the Great West Conference with an 8-2 record behind
Utah Valley. Junior middles Ronni
Munkeby and Lisa Parlich are the top two blockers with 68 and 61,
respectively, and sophomore setter Nikki Husfeldt is averaging 10.73
assists per set. Sophomore outside
hitter Lexi Robinson leads UND's attack with 224 kills and 3.34 kills
per set and freshman libero Lauren Clarke leads the defense with 4.28
digs per set. Head coach Ashley
Hardee (East Carolina, 2000) has an 81-26 record in his fourth season at
North Dakota. He led UND to two Great
West Conference championships and three Great West tournament titles after
eight years as an assistant at New Mexico State.
LAMBERTSON IN NCAA STATS: North Dakota State senior
middle hitter Megan Lambertson has hit .400 or better in eight of the
last 10 matches and ranks 37th nationally with a .378 hitting percentage
overall. She leads The Summit League by
30 points and has a .429 mark in league play that is first by 44 points.
SECOND NCAA RPI RELEASED: North Dakota State moved
up 12 spots to No. 131 in the second NCAA Rating Percentage Index released
Monday, Oct. 8. NDSU was third among
Summit League members behind Fort Wayne (56) and Oakland (107). The Bison have seven losses against opponents
in the Top 100 including Minnesota (10), Oklahoma (17), Northern Colorado (69),
Wichita State (39), Wisconsin (53) and New Mexico State (96).
NCAA ATTENDANCE RANKINGS: North Dakota State ranked
46th in the nation for average home attendance in the fifth NCAA Division I
attendance report issued Monday, Oct. 8.
The Bison are averaging 975 fans over four matches this
year. NDSU finished 51st last year
drawing 11,543 fans over 12 dates for an average of 962.
SUMMIT LEAGUE STATS: North Dakota State has
four players among the Summit League statistical leaders in the league-only
stats through Sunday, Oct. 7. Brynn Joki ranked fifth with 3.84 kills
per set, Megan Lambertson was first in hitting (.429) and sixth in kills
per set (3.50), Catherine Yager was third with 10.16 assists per set, Andrea
Henning was second in service aces per set (0.38) and seventh in digs per
LAMBERTSON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
North Dakota State senior middle hitter Megan Lambertson was
named Summit League co-Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 1 after hitting
.508 and averaging 4.11 kills per set as the Bison split a two-match road
trip. Lambertson had 16 kills in a 3-1
win at Oakland and followed with a career-high 21 kills and nine digs in the
3-2 loss at Fort Wayne.
HENNING POSTS SCHOOL-RECORD 36 DIGS:
Senior libero Andrea Henning set an NDSU four-set match record
with 36 digs in the Sept. 8 victory over Drake.
She passed the previous mark of 34 digs by Kari Fagnan against
Western Illinois in 2007 and it was the second largest overall dig total in
school history behind Fagnan's 42 at UTEP in 2007.
HENNING, JOKI REACH MILESTONES: North Dakota State senior
libero Andrea Henning became the 20th player in school history to reach
1,000 career digs in the season opener at Northern Illinois. Henning has 1,271 digs and ranks eighth on
the NDSU career chart. Meanwhile, senior
outside hitter Brynn Joki became the 21st player in school history to
reach 1,000 kills Sept. 16 at South Dakota State. Joki is 19th in school history with 1,057
ALL-TOURNAMENT SELECTIONS: North Dakota State's Carissa
Whalen, Brynn Joki and Megan Lambertson earned all-tournament
team honors during the first three weeks of play. Whalen was all-tourney at Northern Illinois
where she hit a team-best .388 with 11 blocks in losses to Northern Illinois,
New Mexico State and Wichita State. Joki
was all-tournament at Northern Colorado where she averaged 3.80 kills and 3.10
digs per set in a win over Air Force and losses to Oklahoma and Northern
Colorado. Joki and Lambertson both were
picked at Wisconsin where Joki averaged
3.92 kills and 4.92 digs per set and Lambertson hit .359 with 30 kills and 14
blocks in three matches.
TOUGH NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE: North Dakota State's
non-conference schedule is among the toughest it has faced since beginning
Division I play. Five of the first seven
matches were against NCAA tournament teams from a year ago, two more await in
November, and 12 matches are against teams ranked in the top 100 of last year's
NCAA Rating Percentage Index. Minnesota
was ranked 10th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll and
Pepperdine has also been among the Top 25 all season. Oklahoma and Wichita State were receiving
votes in the poll the week of their matches with NDSU. The Bison ranked as high as 40th before
finishing 42nd in last year's NCAA RPI.
LAMBERTSON SELECTED TO A2 PROGRAM:
North Dakota State senior middle hitter Megan Lambertson was one
of 48 athletes selected by USA Volleyball to participate in last summer's U.S.
Women's National A2 Team Program. South
Dakota State middle hitter Kelli Fiegen was the only other Summit League player
selected. NDSU's Brynn Joki was
BISON PICKED FIRST IN SUMMIT: For the fourth straight
year, North Dakota State was the preseason favorite to win The Summit League in
a vote of the league's head coaches.
NDSU collected six of the nine first-place votes ahead of second-place
Fort Wayne, which had the other three votes.
Oakland and South Dakota State tied for third place, IUPUI was fifth,
and South Dakota, Kansas City, Western Illinois and Omaha rounded out the poll
FOUR STRAIGHT LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS:
North Dakota State won its fourth straight Summit League regular-season
title last year with a 16-2 record in league play. NDSU won outright titles with a 16-0 record
in 2008 and an 18-0 mark in 2009 before tying with Fort Wayne for the 2010
championship with a 14-4 mark. NDSU tied
for second place at 12-4 in 2007.
THE COACH: Kari Thompson (Green Bay, 2003) has a
42-22 record in her second full season as head coach at North Dakota
State. Thompson was NDSU's top assistant
her first 4 1/2 seasons before taking over as interim head coach in October
2010. She went 9-2 in her interim role
and has guided the Bison to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances. Thompson was a 2010 recipient of the American
Volleyball Coaches Association's "Thirty Under 30" award recognizing the top
young coaches in the country. She was a three-year
letterwinner at Green Bay, stayed one year as a volunteer assistant with the
Phoenix, and spent two years as a graduate assistant for volleyball operations
at Alabama before coming to NDSU in 2006.
THE SUMMIT LEAGUE: This is North Dakota
State's sixth year in The Summit League after reclassifying from Division II
and spending three seasons as a Division I independent. Other members are Indiana University-Purdue
University Fort Wayne (IPFW), Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
(IUPUI); University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC); University of
Nebraska-Omaha; Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.; University of South
Dakota; South Dakota State University; and Western Illinois University. The Summit League dropped from 10 teams to
nine this year with the addition of Omaha from Division II and the departure of
Southern Utah to the Big Sky Conference and Oral Roberts to the Southland