North Dakota State College of Science dropped out of the NJCAA D2 Top 20 Poll for the first time this season in the Week 4 edition of the weekly ranking.
The Wildcats are the top team outside of the top 20, giving them an unofficial ranking of No. 21.
NDSCS in its first match since having a 12-game home winning streak snapped, the Wildcats were dominant in their Mon-Dak home-opener, sweeping Dakota College – Bottineau 3-0 on Tuesday night at Ed Werre Arena.
It was “Pancake Feed Night” for the fans, but the Cats were clearly hungry as well, jumping on DCB 25-14 and 25-9 in the first two sets of the night. Jane Passa’s group then rallied from a third-set deficit to steal the third set 25-19.
North Dakota State College of Science Volleyball capped its western road trip with a 3-1 victory over Dawson Community College on Wednesday night.
The Wildcats (6-3, 1-1) seemed as though they’d be in a dogfight early. After winning the first set, 25-21, DCC took the second set, 25-15. But, NDSCS was able to regroup during the intermission and take sets three and four decisively.
NDSCS Volleyball moved to 5-2 on the season with a three-set sweep of Dakota County Technical College on Wednesday in Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
The Wildcats domination started from the outset, with NDSCS claiming the first two sets 25-17 and 25-19 respectively. DCTC put up a valiant effort in the decisive third set, but the Cats were able to pull out a 27-25 win.
Sophomore outside hitter Gabby Hahn has been named the Mon-Dak Player of the Week. During a 4-2 week for the Wildcats, Hahn had 81 kills in 243 attempts with 24 errors, 10 blocks and 77 digs. That includes 18 kills in an upset of No. 4 Kirkwood (Iowa). The 5-foot-10 All-American also recorded the 500th kill of her career in Sunday’s upset of then No. 11 Northeast (Neb.).
Following a difficult Friday that saw the Wildcats go 0-2, North Dakota State College of Science Volleyball bounced back with a pair of wins over nationally-ranked opponents, upsetting No. 4 Kirkwood (Iowa) before knocking off tournament host No. 11 Northeast (Neb.).
North Dakota State College of Science enters the 2019 season ranked No. 13 nationally in the Preseason NJCAA D2 Top 20 Poll, released earlier this month.
The Wildcats are coming off a 31-4 campaign that saw them host and win the Region XIII Tournament and advance to the national tournament for the fourth time in the last five seasons.