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College volleyball: Bison's Summit League title chances take a hit

Second-place North Dakota State couldn't get its game untracked and fell in four sets to sub-.500 South Dakota State on Thursday.

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North Dakota State's Syra Tanchin hammers down a shot against South Dakota State's Ella Thompson at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022.
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FARGO — North Dakota State couldn't find its stride and South Dakota State handed the Bison just their second Summit League home loss 25-23, 21-25, 25-17, 25-23 on Tuesday at Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse.

The Bison's loss and South Dakota's five-set win at North Dakota on Thursday left the Bison 1-1/2 games behind the league-leading Coyotes (11-1 Summit League, 22-2 overall) with four regular-season Summit matches remaining.

NDSU, 17-8 overall, is tied with Omaha for second at 10-3. The Jackrabbits improved to 5-7 in the league and 11-13 overall.

While the Bison have ground to make up they will have their chances. They have home matches against Omaha on Thursday and 9-4 Denver on Saturday. Next week the Bison travel to play at South Dakota on Thursday, Nov. 17, and get a rematch with the Jackrabbits on Saturday, Nov. 19, in Brookings to end the regular season.

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North Dakota State's Ali Hinze goes low for a dig against South Dakota State at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022.
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The Bison led early in the first set but the Jackrabbits rebounded to take a 20-17 lead. NDSU clawed back into the set but SDSU won two of the next three points after a Bison timeout to earn a set point. NDSU fended off two set points but an attack error gave SDSU the game and a 1-0 lead.

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The Jacks got out to a 9-4 lead in the second set but the Bison won 11 of the next 15 points — including five on SDSU errors — and the Bison took a 15-13 lead. The Jackrabbits didn't let the set get away but NDSU extended the lead to four points five times and to five points once before closing it out 25-21 to knot the match 1-1.

The Jacks shook off the setback and jumped out to a 10-4 lead in the third set, thanks in part to four Bison errors. NDSU couldn't fully recover, pulling within three points five times but the Bison could not sustain momentum to swing the set. SDSU put the Bison on the brink with a 25-17 win and a 2-1 lead.

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North Dakota State's Logan O'Brien dives for a dig against South Dakota State at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022.
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The fourth was a back-and-forth battle from the first serve, with the Bison holding the biggest lead of the set at 13-10. The teams were tied 21-21 but two Crystal Burk kills and Ella Thompson's ace serve gave the Jackrabbits match point at 24-22. A kill from the Bison's Ali Hinze kept their chances alive but another Burk kill on the second match point ended it.

Burk led the Jacks with 22 kills and she had 14 digs. Raegen Reilly had 37 set assists.

Hinze led the Bison with 14 kills and she had 24 digs. Ally Barth had 13 kills and five blocks, Michelle Glover had 11 kills and Syra Tanchin had 10 kills, six blocks and 12 digs. NDSU setter had 46 set assists, two blocks and 14 digs.

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North Dakota State's bench reacts to a point against South Dakota State at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022.
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North Dakota State's Kelley Johnson punches a shot during play against South Dakota State at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022.
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North Dakota State's Syra Tanchin watches her dig against South Dakota State at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022.
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North Dakota State's Michelle Glover reaches for the ball against South Dakota State at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022.
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North Dakota State's Alexis Boling is swarmed by her teammates after a big kill shot against South Dakota State at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022.
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North Dakota State's Kelley Johnson signals her teammates during play against South Dakota State at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022.
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North Dakota State's Syra Tanchin slides for a dig against South Dakota State at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022.
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