- Cal Poly def. North Dakota State 3-0, (25-22, 25-17, 25-10)
- Green Bay, Wisconsin – Kress Center
- Green Bay Country Inn and Suites Invitational
- Attendance: 96
- Match Stats
Cal Poly ended North Dakota’s nine-match win streak with a three-set sweep at the Green Bay Country Inn and Suites Invitational.
Cal Poly was extremely consistent throughout the match, putting down 17 kills in each set to end with a .458 hitting clip, as compared to North Dakota’s .190 hitting performance.
The first set saw small runs throughout, with a team going up two or three points but the other quickly fighting back to tie things up. Towards the end, Cal Poly pulled away to take a 20-15 lead over UND on kills by Taylor Nelson, Torrey Van Winden and North Dakota hitting errors. North Dakota fought back slightly to bring it within two with a kill two kills from Ashley Brueggeman and an error by Van Winden. Cal Poly finished the set on a Raeann Greisen kill and a Faith Dooley error at 25-22.
The second set saw a Cal Poly 4-1 opening lead off Van Winden and Savannah Niemen kills and two UND errors. They continued to build on the lead at 11-8 – then Van Winden went off putting down four kills in five points to extend the Cal Poly lead to 16-8. By this point, North Dakota struggled to fight back and dropped the set 25-17.
The third set was a complete blowout, as Cal Poly took charge and kept going with it to a 15-5 lead. Cal Poly finished the set with four straight points including two UND errors a service ace and a Greisen kill.
Van Winden led Cal Poly with 18 points on a .452 hitting clip while Niemen added another nine on a .692 hitting performance. From the backcourt, Adlee Van Winden picked up 11 digs along with eight kills.
For North Dakota, Dooley put down a team-best 10 kills while Alivia Griffin and Teodora Tepavac picked up 12 and 11 digs, respectively.
Courtesy of North Dakota Athletics
Coming into Friday’s Green Bay Country Inn and Suites Invitational, UND knew it would have its hands full.
Drawing Cal Poly, who was just outside the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s Top 25 poll this week, was a formidable team with a formidable team that includes a sister tandem that provided a stiff test defensively. The Mustangs proved all they were advertised, hitting .458 on the way to a 25-22, 25-17, 25-10 sweep of the Fighting Hawks Friday morning.
“We were just soundly beaten. There’s no other word for it,” UND head coach Mark Pryor said. “That team is light years ahead of us, not so much physically, but mentally. We have been very honest with our team about what needs to happen for us to be successful in certain matches. It’s pretty evident that none of those things happened. The only good news is that we have a chance to begin the process of correcting those things soon.”
There were nine tie scores and three lead changes in a tight first set. The Mustangs (8-2) broke free with a 10-3 spurt that turned a 12-10 UND advantage into a 20-15 Cal Poly lead that it would not relinquish. UND closed to 23-22, but the Mustangs held on for set one, 25-22.
In the second, a 4-1 start propelled Cal Poly in front early and later a 7-1 run provided the distance as the Mustangs grabbed the second set, 25-17. Cal Poly would hit .600 in the final frame en route to a 25-10 win.
North Dakota was paced by senior Faith Dooley, who killed 10 balls followed by Ashley Brueggeman who chipped in nine kills.
UND will get a chance to shake it off later tonight when it battles with host Green Bay at 7:00 p.m. Central. It is available on ESPN 3 here: http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3154699/north-dakota-vs-green-bay-w-volleyball
Notes: Lydia Rutten notched her first career start Friday … She finished with three kills on 11 swings and a block … Cal Poly was ranked fourth in the most recent VolleyballMag.com Mid-Major poll … UND was 11th in that poll.