SIOUX FALLS, SD – In the opening weekend of competitive volleyball, the #SummitVB teams combined for 14 wins, with North Dakota State remaining undefeated in week two of play. Omaha, Oral Roberts, South Dakota and South Dakota State all picked up a pair of wins, while Kansas City, North Dakota and St. Thomas picked up their own wins.
USD’s Elizabeth Juhnke became the sixth player in program history to reach the 1,000 dig/1,000 kill club and was named to the Coyote Invitational All-Tournament Team after averaging 4.64 kills per set, which leads the league, totaling 51 kills and notching a . 238 success percentage.
NDSU’s Ali Hinze was turned off at the SEMO Invitational as the outside hitter was named tournament MVP after hitting double-digit wins in all three games and adding 35 total digs on defense.
Denver and Western Illinois will be looking to get into the win column as we see league teams face off in tournaments from Mile High State to New Orleans.
PIONEERS (0-3; 0-0- SL) | @DU_Volleyball
Next step : vs. Portland (9/1; 6 p.m. MT); vs. Butler (9/2; 7 p.m. MT); vs. Hofstra (9/3; 6 p.m. MT)
Previous matches: vs. Western Michigan (L, 3-1), vs. Green Bay (L, 3-1), Colorado (L, 3-2)
The Pioneers participated in the Buffalo Invitational, losing to Western Michigan and Green Bay in four sets and played five sets with Colorado before falling 3-2… Against the Buffaloes, Lorrin Poulter recorded a record of 17 digs, while Hailey Green had a team-high 19 kills… Green led the Pioneers offensively through opening weekend, as the outside hitter recorded 43 kills and posted a kill percentage. .212 hitting…DU will look for its first win of the campaign this weekend when its hosts the Denver Invitational.
ROOS (1-2; 0-0 SL) | @KCRoosVB
Next step : vs. Ohio (9/2; 10 a.m. CT); at Tulane (9/2; 6:30 p.m. CT); vs. Howard (9/3; 11 a.m. CT)
Previous matches: against Miami [Ohio] (W, 3-2), vs. No. 21 Western Kentucky (L, 3-0), at Bradley (L, 3-2)
Kansas City kicked off the Bradley Invitational with a five-set victory over Miami (Ohio) and were led by Odyssey Warren and Raina Smith with 14 and 11 kills respectively… Waren also sent 16 kills on 46 kills. against Bradley and also had four service aces on the weekend…Kennedy Schritenthal was impressive on the defensive end, posting two 20-plus digs, including a career-high 24 against the Redhawks…Against the Braves, Schritenthal had finished with 20 digs.
FIGHT THE HAWKS (1-2; 0-0 SL) | @UNDVolleyball
Next step : vs. Wright State (9/2; 10 a.m. CT); vs. Indiana State (9/2; 4 p.m. CT); west of Michigan (9/3; 10 a.m. CT)
Previous matches: at Montana (L, 3-0), vs. UC Davis (L, 3-0), vs. UT Arlington (W, 3-2)
After being swept by Montana and UC Davis to open their season at the Ellesyn Invitational, North Dakota closed out the tournament earning their first win under freshman head coach Jesse Tupac with a 3-2 triumph over UT Arlington… After splitting the first two sets, UND opened the final set with an 11-7 run before winning 15-12… The Fighting Hawks led the stat charts in kills (50), service ace (7), blocks (10), assists (45) and digs (64) … Elizabeth Norris led UND with a career-high ten kills against the Mavericks .
BISON (3-0; 0-0 SL) | @NDSUVolleyball
Next step : in Louisiana (02/09; 09:00 CT); vs. UTSA (02/09; 4 p.m. CT); vs UTRGV (9/3; 9am CT)
Previous matches: vs. Jackson State (W, 3-2), at SEMO (W, 3-2), vs. Arkansas – Pine Bluff (W, 3-0)
NDSU, which went undefeated to start the season at the SEMO Invitational, went off to its first 3-0 start since 2011… Ali Hinze was named SEMO Invitational MVP after tallying 42 game-winning wins and averaging a team-best 3.23 eliminations per set … She reached double-digit eliminations in all three games, including a season-high 17 against Southeast Missouri State … Defensive specialist Ava Schmoll contributed to a high team average of 40 digs and 3.08 digs per set, while hitting double-digit digs in all three games, including a career-high 17 against the Redhawks.
MAVERICKS (2-1; 0-0 SL) | @OmahaVB
Next step : vs. Wichita State (9/1; 7 p.m. CT); vs. Northern Colorado (9/3; 4 p.m. CT)
Previous matches: vs. Winthrop (W, 3-0), South Carolina (L, 3-0), vs. Sacred Heart (W, 3-2)
The Mavericks went 2-1 in the Carolina Classic, beating Winthrop and Sacred Heart… Sophomore outside hitter Shayla McCormick led all players in the tournament in kills (48), kills per set (4.36), points ( 54.0) and points per set (4.91)… She recorded the first double-double of the season for Omaha against Sacred Heart, collecting a game-leading 20 eliminations and 15 recoveries in the 3–2 win. .. In the season-opening sweep against Winthrop, McCormick and Marriah Buss led all players with 18 and 11 eliminations, respectively.
GOLDEN EAGLES (2-1; 0-0 SL) | @ORUVolleyball
Next step : at Illinois State (9/2; 10 a.m. CT), vs. SEMO (9/2; 5 p.m. CT), vs. Green Bay (9/3; 11 a.m. CT)
Previous matches: vs. Central Arkansas (L, 3-1), vs. Tennessee Tech (W, 3-1), at Missouri State (W, 3-2)
After falling to Central Arkansas in four sets in the season opener, ORU picked up wins over Tennessee Tech and Missouri State… Sophomore outside hitter Trinity Freeman led the Golden Eagles in kills over the three games, finishing with 47 overall, which was third-most in the league last week… Reigning league block leader Sakira LaCour finished with 22 blocks, the best on team, tied for most in league… In the final game of the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational, Oral Roberts rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the Bears as Freeman and LaCour were both named to the All-Tournament Team.
TOMMIES (1-2; 0-0 SL) | @TommieVBall
Next step : vs. Central Michigan (9/2, 3 p.m. CT), at St. Louis (9/3, 10 a.m. CT), vs. Youngstown State (9/3, 1 p.m. CT)
Previous matches: vs. Grand Canyon (L, 3-0), vs. San Francisco (L, 3-0), at Montana State (W, 3-2)
After losing back-to-back contests to open the season, St. Thomas earned a 3-2 win over Montana State on Bobcats home court… Freshman middle tackle Emma Goerger, who was selected for the Bobcat Classic All-Tournament Team, led the Tommies offensively with 18 kills, eight blocks and hit .293 in the win over MSU… In total, Goerger recorded 22 kills, 13 blocks and four service aces in three games… The Tommies led all league teams in opening weekend with 1.73 service aces per set.
COYOTES (2-1; 0-0 LS) | @SDCoyotesVB
Next vs. Portland State (9/2; 11:00 a.m. CT), vs. New Mexico (9/2; 4:00 p.m. CT), at UTEP (9/3; 11:30 a.m. CT)
Previous matches: vs. No. 4 Louisville (L, 3-0), vs. Northern Kentucky (W, 3-0), vs. Missouri (W, 3-2)
USD opened the campaign winning two out of three games as they hosted the Coyote Invitational… After falling to 4th place Louisville, 3-0, in front of a record crowd of 2,774 inside the Sanford Sports Coyote Center, USD had wins over Northern Kentucky and Missouri…The Coyotes limited the Norse to .043 hit percentage and in return hit .393…Against the Tigers, Elizabeth Juhnke’s 22 kills and Brooklyn Schram’s 46 assists and 21 digs were the difference in victory as the pair were named to the All-Tournament Team.
JACKRABBITS (2-1; 0-0 SL) | @GoJacksVB
Next step : vs. Eastern Washington (9/2; 6 p.m. CT), vs. Eastern Washington (9/3; 11 a.m. CT)
Previous matches: vs. UIC (L, 3-2), at Northern Illinois (W, 3-0), vs. NJIT (W, 3-0)
South Dakota State saw solid work from two-time All-League winner Crystal Burk, who led the Jackrabbits to a 2-1 weekend at the Huskie Invitational… The fifth-year senior averaged even four set wins from three games and had a .480 attack rating in an NJIT sweep… Sophomore setter Raegen Reilly, who notched 26 digs in a five-set loss to UIC , contributed with 43 digs (3.91 per set) and dished out 8.36 assists per set to go with two service aces, six kills and one block in the tournament.
LEATHER COLLAR (0-3; 0-0 SL) | @WIUVolleyball
Next step : vs. Arkansas State (9/2; 10 a.m. CT), at UT Martin (9/2; 6 p.m. CT), vs. Alabama A&M (9/3; 11 a.m. CT), at Eastern Illinois (9/6; 6 a.m. CT), at noon CT)
Previous matches: vs. Lindenwood (L, 3-1), vs. Canisius (L, 3-2), at Purdue Fort Wayne (L, 3-1)
Senior outside hitter Aubrey Putman earned All-Tournament Team honors at the Purdue Fort Wayne Invitational where she collected a team-record 37 kills averaging 2.85 kills per set… Grace Nichols recorded a team-high six service aces and mustered a team-high 3.59 points per set … The Leathernecks will look to enter the win column this week with a trip to the Skyhawk Invitational hosted by UT Martin.