Unfortunate Trip to Denver

Well, it was a disappointing final loss to a roller coaster season for the North Dakota State volleyball team Friday in Summit League Volleyball. University of South Dakota defeated NDSU 3-2 in quarterfinal match inside Hamilton Gymnasium.

Coyotes outhit the Bison .262 to .225, and finished the match with nine team blocks.

NDSU had the early 5-4 lead in set five after Monica Claxton’s kill off a pass from Mikaela Purnell, but the Coyotes scored off four straight kills to take the 8-4 lead.

Purnell finished the match with a career-high 32 digs for NDSU, and became the first Bison player since 2012 to get 30 digs.

Claxton had 40 assists, 10 digs and three kills for the Bison.

Emily Minnick tried to keep the Bison in the match with a few attacks down the middle, and NDSU climbed back in the set, but USD responded with four straight points to take control of the set and eventually the match.

Minnick added 16 kills on a .394 hitting percentage, and teammate Emily Miron finished with 14 kills.

In Jenni Fassbender’s final game with NDSU she finished with 17 kills, and nine of those game in her teams first set win.

NDSU finishes the season with a 19-12 record, and one senior will graduate (Fassbender).



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