VOLLEYBALL FALLS AT HOME IN FOUR SETS TO NORTH DAKOTA
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- North Dakota had four players finish with double figures in kills, led by Ronni Munkeby's 15, as UND defeated Sacramento State, 3-1 (25-22, 11-25, 25-16, 25-16), in a Big Sky Conference volleyball match Saturday afternoon at Colberg Court.
The Hornets (9-17, 5-11) lost their second consecutive game and conclude the homestand with a 2-2 record. Sacramento State is 4-4 at home this season against conference competition, and today marked the first time all year the Hornets were defeated in a non-five set outcome.
The loss put a major dent into Sacramento State's playoff hopes. The top six teams in the 11-member Big Sky advance to the conference tournament, and the Hornets are now 3.5 games back of sixth place and the final playoff spot with just four matches remaining in the regular season. Sacramento State concludes the regular season next week with road matches at Idaho State and Weber State, and home contests the following week against both Montana State and Montana.
With the victory, North Dakota improved to 13-13 overall and 8-7 in the conference. They hold one of the final playoff spots as UND is currently tied for fifth in the standings with Montana State. In its first year in the Big Sky, North Dakota sweeps the season series from Sacramento State, which included a four-set win earlier this year in Grand Forks.
UND had 19 more kills (62-43) than Sacramento State, and hit for a much higher percentage (.241-.167). The Hornets did have 16.0 team blocks, but could not take advantage of a UND squad that had 11 service errors. Sacramento State hit .333 in its second set victory, but did not hit better than .205 in any of the other four sets.
Joining Munkeby with double figures in kills for North Dakota were Lisa Parlich (13), Lexi Robinson (12) and Felicia Ulrich (11).
For the Hornets, rightside hitter led the way with 14 kills, a .324 hitting percentage and four blocks. Middle blocker added six kills, six blocks and a .333 hitting percentage, and libero led all players with 22 digs. Five different Hornets had at least four blocks, including middle blocker (match-high eight), (four) and setter (four).
Motes had seven kills and a .312 hitting percentage to go along with her eight blocks. Genger had eight kills and eight digs to go with her four blocks. Hettinga had 13 digs and 10 to round out the three Sacramento State players with double digits in digs.
The Hornets will play back-to-back games on the road next week against Idaho State on Friday and Weber State on Saturday.