SMSU VOLLEYBALL: SMSU travels to Northern State and MSU Moorhead in final road series of the regular season

Independent file photo SMSU’s Sarina Smith goes up for a kill during their Oct. 20, 2018 match against Northern State University. The Mustangs will face the Wolves on Friday before taking on MSU Moorhead on Saturday.

MARSHALL — The No. 18 Southwest Minnesota State volleyball team (14-10, 8-8 NSIC) travels for the final road series of the season at Northern State at 7 p.m. on Friday and MSU Moorhead at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

•SMSU went 1-2 after dropping a match to No. 13 Wayne State on Tuesday night in three sets.

•SMSU notched the No. 18 spot in the latest AVCA poll released on Monday, Nov, 4. This marks the 185th poll that SMSU has been featured in the Top-25.

•SMSU is one of eight NSIC schools ranked in this week’s Top 25 with Minnesota Duluth leading the way at No. 3. Followed by Concordia-St. Paul at No. 6, Northern State at No. 7, St. Cloud State at No. 8, Wayne State at No. 13, Winona State at No. 16, SMSU at No. 18, and Upper Iowa at No. 22.

Mustang leaders

•Junior Angela Young leads the team offensively with 369 kills and a 4.19 kills per set average.

•Emma Thomssen leads in assists with 633 and Alisa Bengen is right behind with 434.

•Payton Hjerleid leads the team defensively with 357 digs and 4.06 digs per set.

•Hjerleid also leads in service aces with 27.

•Zoe Lier leads in blocks with 73 including 55 block assist and 18 block solos.

•SMSU has a 14.91 kills per set average and a .248 hitting percentage.

Northern State

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2019 Record: 21-3, 14-2 NSIC

Head coach: Brent Aldridge, ninth season

Mascot: Wolves

Series History

•SMSU holds a 59-10 advantage in the all-time series.

•SMSU has one 26 of the last 27 matches, with the only loss, a four-set defeat on Oct. 7, 2017.

•The Mustangs won the last meeting with a five-set victory in Marshall on Sept. 27.

•SMSU swept the Wolves at home a season ago on Oct. 10, 2018, when the Wolves were ranked No. 1.

Northern State notes

•Head coach Brent Aldridge in his ninth season holds a 184-74 overall record and 103-56 in the conference.

•Laura Snyder leads the Wolves with 350 kills this season.

•Leading the Wolves defense is Jaiden Langlie with 383 digs and service aces with 33.

•Ashley Rozell runs NSU’s offense with 1,018 assists.

•The Wolves hold a 14.76 kills per set average and a team .305 hitting percentage.

•NSU has dropped only two conference matches this season with a five-set loss to SMSU on Sept. 27 and suffered a sweep by Concordia-St. Paul on Oct. 26.

•NSU is one of the eight NSIC schools to be ranked with a No. 7 spot in the latest poll.

MSU Moorhead

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2019 Record: 9-15, 4-12 NSIC

Head coach: Tammy Blake, 24th season

Mascot: Dragons

Series History

•SMSU holds a 64-46 advantage over MSUM in the all-time series, dating back to 1975.

•The Mustangs have a 198-match winning streak in the series, dating back to Oct. 6, 2006.

•SMSU swept the last meeting on Sept. 28, in Marshall.

MSU Moorhead notes

•Head coach Tammy Blake is in her 24th season and has a 376-376 overall record.

•MSUM snapped a six-match losing streak on Tuesday with a four-set victory over UMary.

•Sarah Petrbok leads the offensive with 161 kills and 1.92 kills per set. Petrbok also leads in digs with 245 on the season.

•Amber Bretwisch paces MSUM with 440 assists.

•Teeya Doppler leads the Dragons at the net with 49 blocks, 48 block assists and one block solo.

Up next

The Mustangs host UMary and Minot State in the final weekend series of the regular season on Friday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. veruss the Marauders and Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. versus the Beavers.

— Content courtesy

of SMSU Athletic



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