North Dakota State dropped their first two matches to Boise State and Arizona State at the Sun Devil Classic Friday, Aug. 25.
NDSU trailed 14-19 in the second before taking a late 24-23 lead behind kills from McKenzie Burke, Erika Gelzinyte and Allie Mauch, and blocks from Brianna Rasmusson and Burke. The Bison would fall 25-27 as Boise State would score four of the final five points.
NDSU would come back from a four-point deficit and lead the third set 22-19 after a Mauch kill and a pair of Broncos hitting errors. BSU would come back and score six of the seven points. The Bison fell 0-3 (15-25, 25-27, 23-25) to the Broncos.
Burke lead the Bison with a career-high 10 kills. Mikaela Purnell came up with a match-high 22 digs, the 21st time in her career with 20-plus digs. Abbi Klos added 11 digs reaching double-digits for the first time in her career.
In the second match of the day, the Bison saw themselves tied 18-all in the second set after dropping the first set to host Arizona State.
The Bison took a 24-23 lead on a block from Mauch. ASU would keep battling and take the set 28-26. The Sun Devils would take the third set and defeat the Bison 3-0 (25-16, 28-26, 25-16).
Gelzinyte collected 10 kills and eight digs, as Rasmusson dished out 23 assists, five digs, four kills, three blocks and two service aces. Purnell would finish with 13 digs.
In the third and final match of the weekend, the Bison were able to get a win against Weber State 3-1 (25-19, 25-11, 21-25, 26-24), giving interim head coach Jennifer Lopez her first win.
Weber State tied the fourth set for the eighth time at 24-all after trailing by three. Mauch sent in a kill to make it 25-24 for match point. Rasmusson would then take the assist from Klos to record the match point 26-24 in the fourth.
Rasmusson finished the match with 45 assists and a career-high five service aces and three kills. Burke and Gelzinyte each totaled 12 kills.
Purnell finished with a match high of 26 digs as Gelzintye and Rasmusson each finished with 13 digs.
North Dakota State is scheduled to host Northern Colorado at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1 in the NDSU Classic presented by Hampton Inn & Doubletree by Hilton at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse.
NDSU women’s soccer would record a loss at Weber State 1-0 Friday, Aug. 25.
With the loss, the Bison fall to 0-3-0.
The score was tied until Hailey Thomas gave the Wildcats the lead in the 82nd-minute. It is the second time this season where the Bison have allowed a game winning goal in the final 10 minutes.
Goalkeeper Julia Edelstein made four saves in 90 minutes between the posts.
The Bison were outshot 9-10, but had the 6-4 advantage in corner kicks.