Volleyball Splits In Back-To-Back Home Matches

JOSEPH RAVITS | THE SPECTRUM North Dakota State’s Jenni Fassbender goes up for a kill against Oral Roberts Saturday at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse.
North Dakota State’s Jenni Fassbender goes up for a kill against Oral Roberts Saturday at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse.

North Dakota State volleyball defeated Summit League opponent Fort Wayne 3-2 Friday at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse.

Set scores were 16-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-23 and 15-8.

Sophomore Emily Miron led NDSU with 19 kills and eight blocks. Junior outside hitter Jenni Fassbender tallied 15 kills and three blocks in the match. Sophomore Emily Milligan had 18 digs.

Monica Claxton had 30 assists and 14 digs, while Brianna Rasmusson had 19 assists, 17 digs and five blocks.

IPFW’s Emily Spencer tallied 24 kills and 22 digs. Sarah Heckman and Somer Johnson had 16 and 12 kills, respectively.

Kendall Wienkes tallied 25 digs, while Madison Spence had 47 assists.

NDSU (14-16, 8-8 Summit League) dropped their home next match at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse to the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (15-14, 9-7) 3-1 Saturday.

Miron finished the night with a team-leading 14 kills with Fassbender finishing with 12. Fassbender also tallied eight digs and four blocks.

Milligan led the team with 12 digs, followed by Hadley Steffen with 11.

Claxton ended with 21 assists, and Rasmusson had 16.

Oral Roberts’ Laura Milos led her team with 20 kills, and Sara Pope and Shelby Cox had 17 and 14. respectively.

Maggie DiPronio led with 17 digs on the night, while Pope had 15 digs and Lucija Bojanjac had 12. Bojanjec tallied a match-high 50 assists.

Each team had a total of nine blocks throughout the match.

NDSU jumped out early in the first set to lead Oral Roberts 7-3. The Golden Eagles responded with a 6-2 point run to take their first lead of the night, 9-8.

The Bison bounced back to tie the game at 16, but could not hold the Eagles in check, or see the lead again in the first set, as Oral Roberts eventually won 25-22.

Oral Roberts wasted no time in the second set and quickly jumped to a 7-2 lead. NDSU responded later by tying the game at 12-12, but dropped the next four points and Oral Roberts never looked back and won the set 25-20.

The third set saw the most lead changes in the match, and the most excitement. With 16 different ties throughout the set, Oral Roberts took the first point of the set before NDSU took the next three. From there, the lead changed six different times before the Bison finished the set with three straight points and a score of 29-27.

Oral Roberts opened up the fourth set with four straight points to pull ahead quickly 4-0. The Bison came back within two to make the score 6-4 before the Eagles jumped out with another four-point run.

The Bison saw their last lead come at 20-19, but the Eagles responded with one more four-point run to eventually take the set and match at 25-22.

The Bison are set to participate in the Summit League Tournament on Nov. 21-23.

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