MADISON, Wis. - North Dakota State defeated the Drake University volleyball team, 3-1 in the Bulldogs final match at the 2012 InnTowner Invitational. The Bison won with game scores of 25-11, 28-30, 25-19 and 25-20.
Bentley Mancini (Burnsville, Minn.), Cassie Effken (Lincoln, Neb.) and Jadranka Tramosljanin (Ruma, Serbia) led the Bulldogs with 11 kills each. Halli Meyer (Bettendorf, Iowa) had a match-high 24 assists with 12 digs and Rebecca Brown (Bentonville, Ark.) added 17 assists. Sarah Madden (Van Meter, Iowa) led Drake with 32 digs and Tramosljanin added 19 digs with two service aces.
North Dakota State posted 15 kills with no errors in set one as the Bison cruised to a 25-11 win. Tramosljanin and Mancini each had two kills in the set for Drake.
The Bulldogs battled back from a 20-12 deficit in set two. Drake used a 10-2 run, the last point on a Mancini kill to tie the set at 22-22. The two teams traded points after before back-to-back kills by Effken and Tramosljanin gave the Bulldogs the set, 30-28.
North Dakota State took set three, 25-19 with 11 kills and just one attacking error. Drake struggled to find a rhythm at the net as they posted 10 kills with 10 attack errors.
In the fourth and final set of the match, North Dakota State used another solid performance at the net with 11 kills and just two attack errors. Drake posted 14 kills but had10 attack errors.
Katie Dulek (Lenexa, Kan.) posted 10 kills and 11 total blocks (one block solo, 10 block assists) over the weekend and was named to the all-tournament team.
Drake will open MVC action at home Friday, Sept. 14 against Wichita State. First serve is set for 7 p.m.