UND prepares for home opener

Volleyball team hosts UND Classic tournament this weekend in front of home crowd

The court is ready for action.

After setting itself up for a 3-0 sweep Tuesday evening over Drake, the UND women’s volleyball team is prepared for its home opener today at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

North Dakota will host Tulane and South Dakota as part of its fourth UND Classic tournament on Friday and Saturday.

With a 6-3 record in the fall tournament, the team is riding a successful roadtrip from Des Moines, Iowa it hopes to continue.

“It was really nice for us to go on the road and get a win,” UND coach Mark Pryor said. “Their crowd was into it, and that is great for us to get used to being in opposing gyms.

“Our middles did a much better job tonight of staying involved in the offense. We will need Chelsea Moser, Faith Dooley and Julia Kaczorowska (on the right) to really even out the load for our left side hitters. When our right and middles hit over .333 as a group, we have the potential to play well against anyone.”

North Dakota certainly played at a favorable level last week against Arkansas State when it made the lowest number of errors in a five-set match in UND’s Division I era.

After trailing Arkansas State 2-0, UND’s comeback resulted in a 3-2 victory, while it made just nine attack errors the entire match to finish two sets without a single error.

A new opponent may present new challenges, but taking the court as the defending co-regular season champs reminds the team of its capabilities.

Staff report