SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –The nine Summit League members had an impressive showing during week two of the women's college volleyball season and look to continue the momentum. Week three looks to be nothing less than competitive and is highlighted by two league members meeting nationally-ranked opponents. Omaha will be visiting No. 17 Creighton and matching up against No. 12 Washington while Denver will be competing against No. 2 Nebraska.
Around The League
- South Dakota is now 6-1 on the 2019 season after hitting .319 as a team over the course of three matches at the Kangaroo Klassic this past weekend. The Coyotes had 3-0 sweeps over Tulsa, Kansas City and Louisiana Tech. USD will host the South Dakota Classic on Friday and Saturday inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center with UC Davis, Wyoming and Iowa all on the docket for the Coyotes.
- Denver was handed its first loss of the season at the Rainbow Wahine Classic over the weekend after falling 3-1 to No. 20 Hawai'i. Lydia Bartalo and Tina Boe were named to the 2019 Heineken Rainbow Wahine Invitational All-Tournament Team for the Pioneers. Bartalo totaled 28 kills, 20 digs and five blocks over the three days while Boe contributed 21 kills and five blocks.
- The Mavericks went 2-1 on the weekend at the K-State Invitational. The Mavericks put together a gritty road effort to beat Central Arkansas (3-1), Clemson (3-0) and fall short of Kansas State in a five-set thriller (2-3). Omaha's victory over Clemson was the third win over a Power Five opponent in the Division I era. Omaha will compete in the Bluejay Invitational this weekend with its opening match against No. 23 Creighton on Friday.
- The Fighting Hawks went 1-3 on the weekend after competing in the Hampton Inn-Vitational in Smithfield R.I., followed by a stop at Brown. Senior outside hitter Ashley Brueggeman continues to lead the efforts for the Fighting Hawks. She led the team in both kills and hitting percentage registering double-digit kills in three of four matches last weekend. Over the last two matches, she amasses 35 kills in nine sets and had a weekend best 18 against Brown, which UND fell 1-3.
- North Dakota State closed out the Chippewa Invitational with a 2-1 record in three 5-game matches. Sophomore setter Kalli Hegerle had a standout performance this weekend as she registered a triple-double in each of the three matches. She now has four in NDSU's first six matches. Because of her efforts this weekend she now leads the nation in triple-doubles and sits No. 13 all-time in assists (1,110) at NDSU.
- The Golden Eagles finished third at their home tournament going 1-2 and posted a 2-3 record playing five times in a five-day stretch last week. Senior outside hitter CeCe Madison paced ORU averaging 3.38 kills and 3.10 digs per set. The senior tallied four double-doubles to close the week. On the defensive end, sophomore Sarah Thiessen has helped Oral Roberts to the second-most digs in the NCAA this season and currently leads the team with 129.
- South Dakota State finished second among four teams at the Katrinka Crawford Invitational this weekend after earning its first sweep of the season over Prairie View A&M. Senior Ashlynn Smith and freshman Anna Nerad led the Jacks and were named to the all-tournament team. Smith ended the weekend with 25 kills over three matches while Nerad led the net defense and recorded 18 total blocks.
- Western Illinois completed the weekend 2-1 after defeating Evansville and Jackson State at the Redhawks Invitational. For the first time in program history, the Leathernecks defeated Evansville as senior JoJo Kruize had a career-high 22 kills against the Purple Aces while junior Mackenzie Steckler served up a seven-block performance during the match. Kruize and Steckler's efforts continued through the tournament and both were rewarded by being named to the all-tournament team.
- The Mastodons finished 1-2 after coming back from a two-set deficit to beat UC Riverside Saturday. Freshman Rachael Crucis has been a driving force for Purdue Fort Wayne as she has had at least 20 digs in two contests this season. She had 25 digs off the bench against Western Michigan in her first collegiate outing and 23 in the Mastodons' comeback against UC Riverside.