SIOUX FALLS, SD – The top six teams earned their tickets to next week’s Summit League Volleyball Championship in Omaha, Neb., South Dakota, their third #SummitVB regular-season title in program history and will host the championships next year. South Dakota State and North Dakota will battle for the No. 5 spot, while Omaha, Denver and North Dakota State are all vying for a bye-week to the semifinals.
The Coyotes captured their second 13-match winning streak of the season and have their 12thth longest winning streak in the nation and sits 26-2 overall with a 15-1 league mark. The Jackrabbit have been one of the hottest teams in recent weeks after winning five straight games after previously losing five straight games.
Denver has picked up a couple of clutch wins at North Dakota and North Dakota State and will play a key game with the Mavericks that can shake up the seeds.
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PIONEERS (18-10; 12-5 SL) | @DU_Volleyball
Next up: in Omaha (11/19; 12:30 PM CT)
Previous games: at North Dakota (W, 3-0); in the state of North Dakota (W, 3-2)
The Pioneers secured a berth in the Summit League Volleyball Championship with two away wins and will be making their 10th straight appearance in the postseason event since joining the league in 2013… Hailey Green had an impressive weekend as the second winger with 27 kills and .288 hits in victories over North Dakota and NDSU…Jordan Lockwood recorded her sixth straight double-double with 11 kills and 14 digs in the five-set win over the Bison, which was the Pioneers’ sixth straight win…Denver still belongs among the best in the nation in terms of total blocks and ranks second nationally with 291.5.
ROOS (8-21; 5-11 SL) | @KCRoosVB
Next up: in St. Thomas (11/17; 7pm CT); in Western Illinois (11/19; 12 PM CT)
Previous games: v South Dakota (L, 3-0); vs. South Dakota State (L, 3-2)
After being swept by South Dakota, the Roos fell to South Dakota State in a five-set thriller in which they lost the first two sets but fought back to force five… In the match, Odyssey marked Warren’s 19th Kills her 20th match of the season in double digits… After the Roos had just 16 kills combined in the first two sets, the Roos grabbed 19 kills each in the third and fourth sets… Kennedy Schritenthal tied for a 4.21 dig third in the league per set and against the Jackrabbits 20 times, for the seventh time this year and for the third time in six games.
COMBAT HOOK (12-15; 9-7 SL) | @UNDVolleyball
Next up: in the state of South Dakota (Nov. 17; 7pm CT); in South Dakota (11/19; 4:45 PM CT)
Previous games: against Denver (L, 3-0); vs. Omaha (L, 3-0)
North Dakota lost two games to Denver and Omaha last week, but with some help from other league members this past weekend, the Fighting Hawks earned a spot in next week’s championships for the first time since joining the league in 2018.. .AND’s game against Denver halted a five-game streak that went the distance…Marissa Stockman is having a solid season and is 12th in the league with a batting average of 2.59…Stockman is tied with averaging 1.00 blocks per game in seventh place in the league.
BISON (19-9; 12-4 SL) | @NDSUVolleyball
Next up: in South Dakota (11/17; 7pm CT); in the state of South Dakota (Nov. 19; 1 p.m. CT)
Previous games: vs. Omaha (W, 3-2); v Denver (L, 3-2)
Syra Tanchin helped NDSU split over the weekend, averaging 35 kills overall (3.50 kills per set) while registering a .300 hit percentage… She added 22 digs (2.20 digs per set) and tied 16 kills in one .471 hit percentage in victory over Omaha… Tanchin hit her 10th double-double of the season with 19 kills and 14 digs against Denver… Michelle Artis had a team-high 12 blocks with 13 kills against Denver, including one A career-high nine blocks the Pioneers… The Bison will be vying for a bye to the championship semifinals next week with two games against South Dakota and South Dakota State.
MAVERICKS (18-9; 13-4SL) | @OmahaVB
Next up: vs. Denver (11/19; 12:30pm CT)
Previous games: in the state of North Dakota (L, 3-2); at North Dakota (W, 3-0)
McKenna Ruch continues to lead the Mavericks as the junior middle blocker has 27 kills (3.38 kills per set) and hit a team-high .556 batting average last week… She hit over .500 in both games, including a .586 mark with 18 Kills vs. North Dakota State…In a win against North Dakota, Sami Clarkson finished the match with 21 assists and needed just eight to rank third all-time in program history (4,116)…Omaha must win the game against Denver this week if they want to try and get a bye to the semi-finals of the championship.
GOLDEN EAGLE (7-21; 4-12 SL) | @ORUVeleyball
Next up: in western Illinois (11/17; 6pm CT); in St. Thomas (11/19; 12 PM CT)
Previous games: vs. South Dakota State (L, 3-0); v South Dakota (L, 3-1)
After winning the Summit League Championships last year, the Golden Eagles are out of contention going into next week’s tournament… ORU lost both games last week and was accelerated by Trinity Freeman’s 11 kills in both games against SDSU and USD.. Breanna Rivas counted 29 ditches, including 18 match-sized ditches against the Jackrabbits… ORU won the first set against USD 25-23, with Freeman and Jeslyn Spenver recording double-digit kills.
TOMMIES (4-24; 2-14 SL) | @TommieVBall
Next up: vs. Kansas City (11/17; 7pm CT); vs. Oral Roberts (11/19; 12pm CT)
Previous games: vs. Western Illinois (W, 3-0)
St. Thomas defeated Western Illinois for the second time this season and was led by Tezra Rudztis’ fifth double-digit kill match with 10 overall…She hit .370 on offense and added an ace while hitting six digs and three blocks chipped…Emma Goerger totaled eight kills and four blocks as a team high, while Lauren Galvin finished with seven kills and 14 digs…The Tommies went 7-0 in the third set to finish the match with five of the last seven points . UST wraps up their season with home games against Kansas City and Oral Roberts.
COYOTS (26-2; 15-1 SL) | @SDCoyotesVB
Next up: v North Dakota State (11/17; 7pm CT); vs. North Dakota (11/19; 4:45 PM CT)
Previous games: at Kansas City (W, 3-0); at Oral Roberts (W, 3-1)
South Dakota notched up its 12th and 13th straight wins this past weekend, its third regular-season title, and will be number one in the Summit League tournament next week… Juhnke recorded a match-high of 21 kills and 19 In one night, she broke the program record for kills in a season and in a sweep by Kansas City…Against Oral Roberts, USD had four players with double-digit kills for the first time this season as Aimee Adams, Evelyn Diederich and Madison Harms recorded at Winning in four sets 11 kills each… Harms also scored four blocks when she reached 500 career blocks, becoming only the fifth player in league history to reach the 500 block mark.
JACKRABBITS (15-13; 9-7 SL) | @GoJacksVB
Next up: vs. North Dakota (11/17; 7pm CT); v North Dakota State (11/19; 1pm CT)
Previous games: at Oral Roberts (W, 3-0); in Kansas City (W, 3-2)
After losing its last five games, South Dakota State picked up its fifth straight win and secured a Summit League postseason berth for the second straight year and fourth time in program history… Before last season was SDSU not in the tournament since 2010… Crystal Burk led the Jackrabbits with 39 kills, including a match-high 21 kills against the Roos… Burk also had a match-high 18 kills in a Golden Eagles sweep and ranks third in the nation with 497 kills this season.
LEATHER NECK (4-24; 0-16 SL) | @WIUVeleyball
Next up: vs. Oral Roberts (11/17; 6pm CT); vs. Kansas City (11/19; 12pm CT)
Previous games: at St. Thomas (L, 3-0)
Hailey Sperling hit a double-double of 11 kills and 12 digs in a loss to St. Thomas…Brittany Wulf contributed with 11 kills and seven digs while Karli Wenzel led the Leathernecks with 15 digs…Wulf is average on the third place. Most serving aces per set of league players at .42 and fourth with 37 serving aces… Western Illinois will wrap up its season with two home games against Oral Roberts and Kansas City.