Fast Start propels NDSU volleyball past St. Thomas, 3-0


FARGO, ND — The North Dakota State volleyball team edged out St. Thomas, 3-0, Thursday night at Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse.

With the win, NDSU (10-14, 4-8 Summit) completes the season sweep of St. Thomas (2-20, 1-11 Summit) and also moves to 4-0 in the all-time series.

Maggie Steffen collected nine decisive victories with seven digs, while Ali Hinze just missed a double-double with nine kills and nine digs. Alexis Boling filled his stat line with nine kills, five total blocks and a service ace. Raegen–Reilly closed out the top players with a team-high 24 assists with seven digs.

The Bison took a 9-2 lead after Kaylee Hanger connected on an ace to force a St. Thomas timeout. The NDSU continued to press, increasing their lead to double digits, 18-7, following a kill by Hinze. The Bison then closed the frame, 25-15. Hinze led all players with four kills in the set.

NDSU continued to roll in the second set opening an 11-4 advantage after an ace from Hinze. The Bison extended their lead to 10, 19-9, following a Boling kill. NDSU didn’t look back and won the frame, 25-22.

The Bison started the third stanza by building a 13-9 advantage after a Steffen kill. The Tommies then pushed back with a 3-0 run to cut the deficit to one, 13-12. NDSU responded with a 4-0 run to extend their advantage to six, 21-15, following a kill from Steffen and Kirstin Tidd. The Bison held off the Tommies the rest of the way, 25-22, and completed the sweep, 3-0.

NDSU will continue its homestand by hosting Western Illinois (3-19, 2-9 Summit) Saturday at Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse. The first service is fixed at 11:00 a.m.


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