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Bulldogs Look to Defend their title as NSIC Tournament Champs

Chelsie Brown
Updated: November 18, 2019 06:37 PM

The University o Minnesota Duluth (UMD) volleyball team put the wraps on their regular season, but fell in back-to-back road matches against two ranked opponents over the weekend. It was uncharacteristic for the Bulldogs who put up 23 wins during the regular season. However, they are more than ready to press the reset button heading into this weekend where the bulldogs kickoff the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Tournament.

"Just get back into a rhythm. It just felt chopping this weekend," explained senior middle blocker Abby Thor. "If we can really just dial in offensively and defensively - make more plays essentially. If we can do that this week in practice and then translate that to this weekend, I think we'll be in good shape," she added.

The Bulldogs come in as the defending NSIC Tournament Champions and have earned the second seed. UMD will face seventh-seeded Augustana who they swept on the road in the regular season. The two teams will meet Friday. Even with the regular season win, they aren't overlooking the Vikings especially because they're traveling to their territory.

"Everyone's going to start with the same record, really everyone is 0-0," explained UMD head coach Jim Boos. "The seeding doesn't matter, what happened last weekend doesn't matter, now it's win or be done. You know we certainly have bigger goals like trying to qualify for a regional as well. The longer you can stay alive in the conference tournament, the better chance you have of a regional berth."

The Bulldogs and Vikings match is set for Friday at 12 P.M. and will take place at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


Chelsie Brown

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