IN THIS WEEK
The North Dakota State volleyball team (19-9, 12-4 Summit) will wrap up this week’s regular season game at South Dakota (26-2, 15-1 Summit) Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. The Bison will then finish the weekend in South Dakota State (15-13, 9-7 Summit) on Saturday. The first serve is scheduled for 1:00 p.m
The South Dakota game will include live stats and live video on GoYotes.com and will also be available on Midco Sports Plus. The South Dakota state competition will have live stats and video available on GoJacks.com.
After losing the first two sets, NDSU fought back to force a fifth frame before falling short against Denver 3-2. Syra Tanchin hit her 10th double-double of the season with a match-high of 19 kills and 14 digs while Ali Hinz cast in 16 kills with 13 digs. KellyJohnson also dished out the game’s best 46 assists with 10 digs. Michelle Artis rounded out the top performers with 13 kills and a career-high total of nine blocks.
The Bison secured a spot in the Summit League tournament for the first time since 2019. South Dakota has secured its third regular-season title in program history and will host the championship next season. The full bracket and seedings will be announced after the regular season wraps up this weekend.
The Bison lead the Summit League and rank 18th nationally with 1,496 kills. NDSU also ranks second in the conference for kills per set with 13.85. The Bison have 60 or more kills in 10 games, including a season-high 73 against Omaha last week.
THE DYNAMIC DUO
Syra Tanchin and Ali Hinz Both have surpassed the 300 kill mark this season. Tanchin ranks fourth in the Summit League with a career-high 378 kills, while Hinze is fifth with a career-high 375. NDSU is the only team in the conference with two different players in the top five.
The Bison lead the Summit League and rank 22nd in the nation with 1,374 assists. KellyJohnson NDSU progresses with a career-high 1,141 assists, leading the conference and ranked 13th in the nation. She has conceded 50 or more assists in six games this season, including a career-high 58 against Chicago State and Central Michigan.
JOHNSON ENTERED THE TOP 10
KellyJohnson gave up a match-high 34 assists in the win against St. Thomas on Sept. 22 to plateau at 2,000 career assists. She now has 2,655 assists over four seasons and ranks 10th on the all-time list. Johnson is one of five players to have made the mark in the NDSU Division I era.
TANCHIN JOINS THE 1,000 KILL CLUB
Syra Tanchin coupled with 23 kills against North Dakota on October 8 to surpass 1,000 career kills mark. She has a total of 1,140 kills over four seasons and is ranked 20th on the all-time list. Tanchin is one of eight players to reach the mark in the NDSU Division I era.
HINZE WANTS TO JOIN THE 1K KILLS CLUB
Ali Hinz has a total of 981 kills over three seasons at NDSU. She enters week 19 kills before hitting the 1,000 career kills mark.
ONE FACTOR ON BOTH ENDERS
Michelle Artis has registered a team-best batting average of .400, which ranks first in the Summit League and 20th in the nation. She is also sixth in the Summit League in total blocks with a career-high 104.
WORK ON DEFENSE
The Bison are fourth in the Summit League with 1,681. NDSU had a season-high 98 points in a 3-2 win over Southeast Missouri State, with five players going into double figures. Ali Hinz led the Bison with a team-high 21 digs while Syra Tanchin contributed a career-high 20 digs. Ava Schmoll also posted a career-high 17 digs.
SUMMIT LEAGUE PLAYERS WATCH
Syra Tanchin and Ali Hinz have been added to the Summit League Players to Watch List. Hinze ranked fifth in the Summit League last season with a career-high 370 and kills per set at 3.43 kills. On the defensive end, Hinze contributed a career-best 291 digs and averaged 2.67 digs per set. Tanchin also posted a career-high 370 kills last season and averaged 3.36 kills per set, ranking seventh in the Summit League. The St. Michael, Minnesota native added a career-best 30 blocks with 83 digs on defense.
SUMMIT LEAGUE PRE-SEASON POLL
NDSU was selected to place seventh in the Summit League Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll. Denver earned the top spot with 75 total points and six first-place votes. South Dakota was second with 74 total points and Omaha rounded out the top three with 68 total points in third place.
THIS IS OUR HOUSE
The Bison have called Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse their home since 1978 and have maintained an overall record of 403-104 at home during that span. NDSU earned its 400th win at the BBF after beating Kansas City 3-0 on October 1, 2022.
HANDLE BUSINESS IN THE CLASSROOM
NDSU was awarded the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award in 2021-22 for the tenth straight year. The bison has also earned a spot on the AVCA Team Academic Honor Roll with a team GPA in the top 20 percent of the NCAA Division I. NDSU achieved a spring semester GPA of 3.56 and last year a cumulative GPA of 3.63.
NEW TO THE SQUAD
The Bison added five freshmen to the roster for 2022, including three freshmen: Bailey Randall, Nora Rasch and Alli Barth.
NDSU also added transmissions Eke Denessen and Logan O’Brien. Denessen spent the last two seasons in South Florida, appearing in 24 games from 13 starts in 2021. O’Brien appeared in 49 games and totaled 201 digs over two seasons in North Florida.
MUCH DEPTH IN THE LINEUP
NDSU enters 2022 with 10 players returning from last season, including four seniors: Syra Tanchin, Michelle Artis, Ava Schmoll and KellyJohnson. The Bison also boast plenty of four-player experience, having appeared in 60 or more career games. Glover has played in most career games among active Bison players with 72, including two seasons (46 games) at Illinois-Chicago.
THE SERIES VS. SOUTH DAKOTA
This will be the 74th all-time meeting between NDSU and South Dakota, dating back to 1978, with the Coyotes leading the series 50-23. In their last meeting earlier this season, NDSU beat South Dakota 3-2 on Sept. 27. Syra Tanchin led with a career-high 26 kills and 11 digs. She also added three serve aces and a batting average of .375 to her stat line.
THE SERIES VS. State of South Dakota
This will be the 105th all-time meeting between NDSU and the state of South Dakota, dating back to 1974, with the Bison leading the streak, 81-23. In their last meeting earlier this season, NDSU dropped a 3-1 decision to South Dakota State on Nov. 1. Ali Hinz led with a career high of 24 digs and a team high of 14 kills.
NDSU travels to Omaha, Neb. on November 24-26 for the Summit League tournament.