South Dakota volleyball falls to first-place Bison

Freshman Kendall Kritenbrink had a double-double with 10 kills and 17 digs,, but the South Dakota volleyball team was unable to slow down North Dakota State hitting attack in a 25-16, 25-13, 25-21 loss to the Bison in Summit League action Friday night in Fargo, ND.  The Coyotes fell to 13-18 overall and 6-1 in the conference, while the first-place Bison improved to 23-8 overall and 15-2 in the Summit League.

Kritenbrink (Gretna, NE) now has nine double-doubles on the season.  Freshman Riley Haug (Gretna, NE) added 21 digs, while senior Carol Logato (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) had six kills, 12 digs and two service aces. Sophomore Tori Kroll (Germantown, WI) had 23 set assists and four kills.

The Bison, who have won seven in a row and clinched the Summit League regular-season title with the win, hit .258 for the match, compared to .042 for the Coyotes.

After struggling to see their hitting attack rolling in the first two sets, the Coyotes got their attack going in the third set. They took a 10-7 lead, going on a 5-2 spurt, which was keyed by two kills from Kritenbrink and one each from Kroll and sophomore Natalie Walseth (Inver Grove Heights, MN). South Dakota led 12-11 after a kill by sophomore Amber Aschoff (Ankeny, IA), but the Bison went on a 6-2 run to build a 17-14 lead.

The Coyotes cut the lead to 17-16 with two straight points , thanks to a kill and a block from Reed. NDSU pushed the lead back to 19-16, but kills from Kroll and Reed brought the Coyotes within one again at 19-18. But the Bison increased their lead, scoring four straight points to build a 23-18 lead.

South Dakota cut the gap to 23-20 after a Kritenbrink kill but got no closer as the Bison won 25-21.

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