#SummitVB Weekly Notebook: No. 10

The Omaha Mavericks remain in the top-three of the league standings after suffering their first two losses of league play last week. The Mavericks look to bounce back this week against Denver and North Dakota.
The Omaha Mavericks remain in the top-three of the league standings after suffering their first two losses of league play last week. The Mavericks look to bounce back this week against Denver and North Dakota.

WEEKLY NOTEBOOK (w/stats)

By: Aubrie Laufenberg
 
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –The Summit League volleyball teams saw a lot of action this past week and some movement in the league standings. The top-three still remain the same with Denver claiming the No. 1 spot, South Dakota sitting at No. 2 and Omaha at No. 3 as Purdue Fort Wayne moved from No. 6 last week to No. 4 this week. There are only a couple weeks left in regular season play to see who will Reach The Summit.

Around The League

  •  Denver earned its 11th sweep of the season Friday after its 3-0 victory over North Dakota State. The sweep extended the Pioneers' program-record win streak to 18 matches.
  • The Pioneers continue to lead the nation in aces per set (2.06) and sit third in match win-loss percentage (.952). DU looks to better its win-loss percentage this week with two home matches against Omaha (Sunday) and South Dakota (Tuesday).
  • South Dakota will be on the road for three-straight matches. The Coyotes start the week at Western Illinois Friday followed by matches at Purdue Fort Wayne Sunday and at Denver Tuesday.
  • USD currently leads the league in digs per set (18.35) and has three individuals atop the league rankings. Hayley Dotseth leads the league in kills per set (4.05), Taylor Wilson sits at the top in average hitting percentage (.363) and Anne Rasmussen remains to lead the defensive pack in digs per set (5.53).
  • Omaha suffered its first league loss last Tuesday to Denver, then dropped a tough five-set match to Purdue Fort Wayne. In the loss to the Mastodons, three-time Offensive Player of the Week, freshman Sydney Case, became the first Maverick since 2013 to notch a triple-double in a match.
  • Before the trip out to Denver Sunday for a second match against the Pioneers, Omaha will travel to Grand Forks, N.D., looking for a season-sweep against North Dakota.
  • Purdue Fort Wayne moved up in the league standings are currently sitting fourth after serving Omaha its second loss of league play. The Mastodons look to continue their three-match win streak with two matches against Oral Roberts (Friday) and South Dakota (Sunday).
  • After spending the majority of last week on the road, Oral Roberts returns to home territory for the next two matches. The Golden Eagles host Purdue Fort Wayne Friday and Western Illinois Sunday and look for season sweeps over both teams.
  • The Leathernecks put up their best offensive effort of the year this past weekend against Purdue Fort Wayne with four athletes recording double-digit kills and the group as a whole logging a .222 average hitting percentage, which is the second-best hitting percentage of 2018.
  • North Dakota looks to bounce back after dropping a match to Oral Roberts. The Fighting Hawks will host Omaha Friday and then travel down to Brookings, S.D., to match up against South Dakota State.
  • The Fighting Hawks continue to put up strong defensive efforts as they lead the league in total digs (1,669) and have three-time Defensive Player of the Week Taliyah Flores spearheading the defense. Flores leads the league in digs (482) and sits third in digs per set (4.92).
  • South Dakota State will have a three-match homestand that starts with a match against Denver inside the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. Friday's contest will serve as the Pink Match for the Jackrabbits. SDSU is 2-1 in the Pink Match inside the Sanford Pentagon with its only loss to Omaha last season.  Following the Pink Match, South Dakota State will host North Dakota State (Sunday) and North Dakota (Tuesday).
  • North Dakota State heads into this week after coming back from a two-set deficit to defeat Oral Roberts in a five-set thriller. The Bison won in five sets for the first time in four tries and broke a three-match losing streak. NDSU looks to continue the momentum this week against the Jackrabbits.

2018 Players of the Week

August 27

Offense: Madison Jaqua, Sr., S, Purdue Fort Wayne
Defense: Olivia Novotny, Sr., L/DS, Denver

September 5

Offensive: Sydney Case, Fr., S, Omaha
Defensive: Anne Rasmussen, Jr. L/DS, South Dakota

September 10

Offensive: Becca Latham, Sr., OH, Denver
Defensive: Payton Richardson, Sr., MB, South Dakota State

September 17

Offensive: Nicole Rightnowar, Sr., OH, Purdue Fort Wayne
Defensive: Taliyah Flores, Fr., L, North Dakota

September 24

Offensive: Sydney Case, Fr., S, Omaha
Defensive: Anne Rasmussen, Jr., L/DS, South Dakota 

October 1

Offensive: Jordan Vail, Sr., MH, North Dakota
Defensive: Taliyah Flores, Fr., L, North Dakota

October 8

Offensive: Becca Latham, Sr., OH, Denver
Defensive: Bri Greenlee, Jr., RS, Oral Roberts

October 15

Offensive: Sydney Case, Fr., S, Omaha
Defensive: Taliyah Flores, Fr., L, North Dakota

October 23

Offensive: Nicole Rightnowar, Sr., OH, Purdue Fort Wayne
Defensive: Sydney Boerst, So., MH, Purdue Fort Wayne

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Through 36 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 115,000 at nine institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Purdue Fort Wayne (Purdue University Fort Wayne), the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced 12 NCAA Champions along with over 100 Academic All-Americans, nearly 125 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.

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