Although the fall weather begins to leave us in exchange for our beloved arctic wasteland, the sports scene at North Dakota State is just beginning — and will continue — to heat up.
- Wrapping up great seasons
First up is a successful women’s soccer team who suffered a disappointing loss to South Dakota State on Nov. 7. Though they fell to the Jackrabbits 3-0 in the Summit League Soccer Championship, its regular season was anything but disappointing. Finishing with only six losses overall and the most wins since 2011, this team deserves some credit for the impressive season — even though it didn’t end the way they wanted it to.
- Successful regular seasons have postseason promise
Finishing up its regular season home games, the women’s volleyball team snapped a seven-game losing streak to IUPUI to send them off on the road. With games this past Friday at South Dakota State and Sunday at Oral Roberts University, the ladies are hoping to continue with their winning ways.
Looking to continue success with its season as well is the men’s cross-country team that competed Friday at the University of Kansas. Finding success has been a common occurrence for the season and something they hope to continue in the NCAA Championships on Saturday.
The women’s cross-country team has also found success throughout the season. The team looks to move on to the NCAA Championships as Track and Cross-Country Athlete of the Year Erin Teschuk did last season.
- The start of new seasons
NDSU’s wrestling program hosts Virginia Tech on Sunday after hosting the 45th Annual Bison Open at the Fargodome last Saturday.
Though it didn’t open the season at home, the men’s basketball team played Friday at UC Davis before traveling Sunday to Illinois. Hoping to continue the success they had last year are now-sophomores A.J. Jacobson and Paul Miller who were recognized last year as the top-scoring freshman pair in the Summit League.
With an unexpected exhibition loss to University of Minnesota-Crookston in the preseason, the women’s basketball team is hungry for a win. With two home games over the past weekend, NDSU will not play on the road until the San Diego State University Thanksgiving Classic over Thanksgiving.
- Easing into playoffs … and Frisco preparations?
Is it too early to start preparing for a fifth trip to Frisco, Texas? Following one of the best games the Herd has played all season, it appears as if the team has its mojo back. With only one game left, the team will have to fight hard to continue its successes. However, if they show up like they did last time home game, it should be an easy trip in securing a top seed in the postseason.
- Incoming talent signs letters of intent
This is the time of year where all of next year’s incoming talent signs to become part of the NDSU family. New talent will include a track star, three softball players, a standout male golfer, seven baseball players and seven women’s basketball players, among others.