UND did compete, however the Gophers stay one of many prime groups within the nation after Minnesota downed UND 25-20, 25-15, 25-21 on Friday night time within the first spherical of the NCAA Event earlier than four,526 followers at Maturi Pavilion.
Minnesota, the No. 7 seed within the sixty four-group event, improved to 27-5 and can tackle Northern Iowa as we speak in a second-spherical recreation on the Gophers’ campus. Northern Iowa swept Louisville within the first match.
UND’s season ended at 30-eight, a yr that ended with a document-variety of wins for the Preventing Hawks and a second-straight Huge Sky Convention championship.
UND performed Minnesota for the second straight season within the opening spherical of the NCAA Event. Minnesota additionally gained three-zero final yr.
However UND’s compete degree this season was greater.
“We have been again once more to play Minnesota and I feel that the vibe was totally different this time round so far as not simply joyful to be right here, however let’s compete,” stated UND coach Mark Pryor. “So we’re trending in the suitable course to have the ability to play towards these groups.
“Within the first and third units, it was very shut. We have simply received to have the ability to perform a little extra as soon as we get in that 19-20 vary, the place they have been capable of maintain on a bit of bit and we, truthfully at occasions, have been sort of considering, ‘Wow, we will truly do that.’
“That is an ideal feeling however I feel typically that emotion received away from us somewhat bit in these units.”
UND led eight-four and 9-5 within the third set earlier than the Gophers rallied for a 12-eleven lead. UND’s final lead was thirteen-12.
“We simply sort of went again to who we’re,” stated UND senior Religion Dooley. “We talked about what our normal is and who we’re about. We’re North Dakota and we now have a set normal. We speak concerning the issues that we reside by, principally, in our health club, so we sort of simply talked about a few of these little issues. A few of our power, physique language.”
Jordan Vail led UND with 9 kills whereas Ashley Brueggeman ended with eight.
Sydney Griffin paced UND with 26 assists.
Dooley, Griffin, Julia Kaczorowska, Tamara Merseli and Teodora Tepavac performed their remaining match for UND.
That group helped UND to its greatest 4-yr report in class historical past (103-forty), three Massive Sky North division titles and two Massive Sky event championships.
UND’s 30 wins have been probably the most in program historical past, breaking the season-win document by 4 victories.