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College volleyball: Bison conference title hopes take fatal hit

Denver outlasted North Dakota State in five sets on Saturday to further bunch up the top four Summit League teams and end the Bison's league title hopes.

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FARGO — North Dakota's Summit League regular-season championship hopes took a fatal blow when Denver outlasted the Bison 25-17, 27-25, 27-29, 25-17, 15-9 on Saturday at Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse.

The Bison, who entered the day in second place and two games behind league-leader South Dakota, fell into third place with remaining regular-season matches at South Dakota (Nov. 17) and at South Dakota State (Nov. 19). The Summit League Championship is Nov. 24-Nov. 26 in Omaha, Neb.

The Bison went down two sets but rallied in the third and fourth to force a deciding set. But Denver won five of seven points early in the fifth to take a 7-4 lead and the Bison could only get within two points and Denver won four of the final five points to end the match.

NDSU's Syra Tanchin finished with 19 kills and 14 digs and Ali Hinze had 16 kills and 13 digs. But they also combined for 15 attack errors and neither hit above .200.

Michelle Glover had 13 kills and hit .478. She also both of NDSU's solo blocks and she had seven block assists. Setter Kelley Johnson had 46 assists and 10 digs, and Ally Barth had nine kills and four block assists.

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The Bison are 12-4 in the league and were surpassed for second by Omaha (13-4). South Dakota leads at 14-1 and Denver is fourth at 12-5. NDSU is 19-9 overall.

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