@EWUVolleyball Continues Road Swing At North Dakota, Northern Colorado

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at North Dakota at Northern Colorado
Thursday, Oct. 10 | 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 | 6 p.m.
Sioux Center | Grand Forks, N.D. Sports Pavilion | Greeley, Colo.
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After splitting a pair of Big Sky matches last week, the Eastern Washington women's volleyball continues its road swing with two more conference counters this week, taking on North Dakota and Northern Colorado. The Eagles will square off with league-leading UND on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 5 p.m. before taking on the Bears at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12.

Eastern (6-11, 3-3 BSC) defeated Southern Utah in four sets last Thursday, Oct. 3, before falling to Northern Arizona on Saturday. EWU played arguably its best match of the season against the Thunderbirds, setting season highs in kills (61), attacks (163), assists (59) and digs (74). A number of individuals established new benchmarks also, highlighted by junior Kelsey Julian's career-high-tying 13 kills. Julian recorded a season-high 29 attacks, hitting at a .345 percent clip against the Thunderbirds. She added a season-best six digs. Sophomore Ryann Ensrud tied her season high with 22 digs and recorded a career-best nine assists while classmate Allison Doerpinghaus went for a career-high five digs.

Junior Melissa Waelter paced the Eagles with a 13-kill, 13-dig performance against Southern Utah, her second double-double of the year. Freshman Chloe Watson made her first career start in last Thurday's match and nearly recorded her first-ever double-double, tallying eight kills and nine digs.

North Dakota (11-7, 6-0 BSC) are the only Big Sky team yet to suffer a loss in league play this season, currently riding a seven-match winning streak. UND rallied from 0-2 down to beat Northern Colorado last Monday, Oct. 7, dropping two sets in conference play for the first time this year. North Dakota leads the league in hitting percentage, swinging at a .267 clip. Lexi Robinson leads the squad with an average of 3.10 kills per set, but Ronni Munkeby (2.97 k/s) and Lisa Parlich (2.97 k/s) are not far behind. Munkeby and Parlich also pace the team in blocks, with each averaging more than one block per set.

Northern Colorado (5-11, 1-5 BSC) enter the week having lost its last five matches, the last three of which have required five sets to decide a victor. Kendra Cunningham leads the Bears with an average of 2.80 kills per set while Brianna Strong averages 2.72 kills per set. Strong also leads the team in blocks per set with an average of 1.15.

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