North Dakota State volleyball team was able to send senior Jenni Fassbender out on top as they swept through its final two home matches.
It started with a sweep of Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne on Friday night. The match wasn’t close, with the Bison dominating in every single statistical category. Fassbender had three of the team’s six aces, and Emily Miron had 14 kills to lead the team.
Then came Sunday, the final home game.
The matchup came against the second-best team in the conference, the Jaguars of Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. Coming into the game, the Bison hadn’t managed a win against IUPUI in the last seven meetings, meaning Fassbender had never recorded a win against them in her career.
The outside hitter’s final home game would be one to remember.
The Bison were able to jump out to an early lead, but like much of the season, weren’t able to pull away. The Jaguars were able to pull within three at 16-13, then the Herd ripped off four straight points to take a commanding 20-13 lead in the first set. NDSU was able to get to match point at 24-19 but just couldn’t put it away. The Jaguars went on its own four-point run to come within one point. Then, almost as if on queue, Fassbender smacked one home to give the Bison the first set win.
After a small back and forth from the teams, NDSU was able to pull away in set two as they took the two set lead and inched ever so closer to its second straight sweep.
IUPUI would go down swinging.
Jaguars took the lead several different times and the set was even tied at 20, but the Bison were able to put together yet another four-point run to get to match point. After the Jaguars got one last point in, Jessica Jorgensen put away her 12th kill of the match and gave NDSU its second straight sweep.
“It was so, so important for us,” Jorgensen said on getting the win for Fassbender. “We really wanted to get a win for her, especially because it was IUPUI.”
Fassbender said she couldn’t dream up a better final weekend, continuing with how much it meant to her that her teammates gave just a little bit extra this weekend to give her those wins.
With the back to back sweeps, the team now sits at 17-11 (8-6) and has two key road match-ups with South Dakota State on Friday and Oral Roberts Unviersty on Sunday to close out the regular season.