ABERDEEN, SD (NSUWolves.com) – The No. 2 Northern State University volleyball team returned home on Tuesday evening, recording a 3-set sweep of MSU Moorhead from Wachs Arena. The Wolves took down the Dragons 25-12, 25-10, and 25-15, improving to 11-0 on the year and 3-0 in the NSIC.
NSU combined for a match high 40 kills, 51 digs, eight aces, and six blocks, hitting a match high .565 in the second set. They finished the contest with a .297 attack percentage, while holding MSU Moorhead to a .000 mark. The Dragons recorded just 18 kills and suffered 18 hitting errors in the loss.
Sally Gaul and Hailey Busch led the team with nine kills each, while Laura Snyder and Jenna Reiff each grabbed eight. Morgan Baufield added six kills, and hit a team high .600 in the match with zero attack errors. She was followed by Snyder hitting at a .467 clip.
Ashley Rozell dished out 35 total assists, and led the team for the seventh time this season with five service aces. The junior added six digs and one block. Bry Goar and Lexi Boesl led the Wolves defense with 13 and ten digs respectively, while Jaiden Langlie notched eight. Baufield, Reiff, and Snyder combined for nine of the team’s 12 block assists, notching three apiece.
Busch tallied two blocks of her own, followed by Rozell with one. Langlie and Boesl combined for the final three service aces, while Busch added seven digs and scored a team high 10.0 points.
Northern will remain at home this weekend with a pair of matches versus Bemidji State and Minnesota Crookston. First serve is schedule for 6 p.m. on Friday against the Beavers and 3 p.m. on Saturday versus the Golden Eagles. Fans are encouraged to wear gold on Friday for the Gold Rush contest, while Saturday is tabbed as Youth Night with all kids receiving free admission with a paid adult. A kid zone will also be open through the first two sets of the match.
Postgame thoughts of Coach Brent Aldridge…