WATCH: NDSU volleyball heads to Summit League Tournament, opens with rival UND
As the number three seed, the Bison get their third meeting with in-state rival UND in the opening round of the Summit League Tournament.
FARGO — After putting together a 20-win season, NDSU volleyball is set to play in the Summit League tournament for the first time since 2019. The last time the Bison made a postseason appearance, star outside hitter Syra Tanchin was just a freshman.
"It's been a long time since we had this experience and had the team capable of going there and doing some damage," Tanchin said.
In 2019, the Bison lost to Omaha in the opening round. Tanchin led NDSU with 17 kills. Now, she’s hoping to pass that experience on to this year’s team.
"The excitedness of going to play at the Summit League tournament for the first time for a lot of these girls is going to help," Tanchin said.
"Only three people on our whole team have ever been to the Summit League tournament, so there's going to be a lot of nerves, a lot of emotion," said junior Ali Hinze. "Just going out there and playing for our seniors."
Head coach Jennifer Lopez also brings a wealth of tournament experience. As a player, she helped the Bison to three-straight NCAA tournaments, and was named Summit League Tournament MVP in 2011.
"For them to be where they are and to have accomplished some of their goals that they set for themselves is pretty special," Lopez said. "I'm so happy for them."
This year, the Bison open the tournament in Omaha against in-state rival UND. The Bison and Hawks split their regular-season series with both matches going to five sets.
"They have nothing to lose, so bringing it to them right away and not taking time for us to get going," Hinze said. "First point, just starting off strong."
That opening-round match starts at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday.