Talent. Tenacity. Training. It all adds up. After charging to victory, three Bulldog teams are advancing to postseason play. It’s been a busy season for UMD Football, Volleyball and Soccer, and starting this week, they’ll reap the rewards for their hard-earned victories as each team heads into the NCAA Division II playoffs on their own respective dates. Looking to purchase tickets to one (or all three) playoff games? Visit the Post-Season Ticket Information available on the UMD Athletics website by clicking here.
UMD BULLDOG VOLLEYBALL
BULLDOG VOLLEYBALL – 1ST ROUND NSIC
When: Wednesday, November 20
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: Romano Gym
Opponent: University of Sioux Falls
The No. 2 UMD will look to extend its nine-match winning streak into the postseason as the Bulldogs take on the University of Sioux Falls in the opening round of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament on Wednesday (November 20).
UMD boasts a pair of of NSIC Players of the Week for last weekend’s action in senior outside hitter Kate Lange and junior libero Julie Rainey. Lange led the league in kills, including an effort of 31 in a win over then-No. 1 Concordia St. Paul. Rainey set the new UMD career digs record, with 30 against CU and now 1,710 for her career.
Sophomore setter Ashley Hinsh had 94 assists on the weekend, an average of 11.75 per game. Hinsch had six kills as she set UMD to a .286 attack percentage on the weekend, including .337 against Minnesota State on Friday night. She added eight blocks and 10 digs in the pair of wins.
The Bulldogs wept USF in straight sets at Romano Gym on November 1, with UMD holding the Cougars to a .139 hitting percentage to improve to 2-0 all-time against the NSIC newcomers.
All four NSIC quarter final matches are scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm on Wednesday night with the winning teams going to the top seed remaining for the semifinals on Saturday afternoon and the NSIC Championship game on Sunday.
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UMD BULLDOG SOCCER
UMD SOCCER – NCAA SUPER REGIONALS
When: Friday, November 22
Time: 2:00 pm
When: Malosky Stadium
Opponent: Southwest State Minnesota
UMD’s good fortune has not run out yet.
A storied Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament run brought the Bulldogs the second seed and their first-ever opporunity to host the NCAA Division II Central Regional action. A storied run by NSIC foe and the regions fifth-seed Southwest Minnesota State through the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, paired with UMD’s second-ever postseason victory, a 1-0 defensive battle against Winona State University, lands hte Bulldogs back in the seat of host this Friday when the Central and Great Lakes regions come together for the next round of NCAA II postseason play.
Senior forward Dani Potter netteed her 12th goal of the season and sophomore goalkeeper Marissa Rosa earned her sixth shutout of the year to propel the Bulldogs ast Winona State and into the Central region final. The fierce winds blowing through Malosky Stadium and did not stop Potter’s high-arcing shot and carried it over the outstretched arms of WSU goalkeeper Alexandra Vial. “It wasn’t completely planned,” Potter confessed after the match – but fortune was, once again, in UMD’s favor.
Rosa made seven saves to preserve the shutout and was aggressive all afternoon, to the point a pair of balls slipped past her allowing good opportunities for the Warriors. “I always have total faith in my back four. They are always solid,” Rosa said. The defense allowed just half of WSU’s shots (14) to get on-target, clearing out several chances before they developed. “I was comfortable,” head coach Greg Cane denied being nervous. “I’m sure the players were a little edgy, or maybe [the media] was.”
The Bulldogs finished with ten shots, including four on-net. Junior forward Maureen Stormont had five herself.
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UMD BULLDOG FOOTBALL
UMD FOOTBALL NCAA CENTRAL REGION FIRST ROUND
When: Saturday, November 23
Time: 1:00 pm
Where: Malosky Stadium
Opponent: Emporia State University
For the sixth year in a row, UMD has secured a spot in the NCAA Division II playoffs, and for the fifth time in the last six seasons, the Bulldogs will start the postseason at home.
UMD drew the No. 4 seed in the Super Regional Three and a first-round date with No. 5 Emporia State University this Saturday (Nov. 23) at James S. Malosky Stadium. The Bulldogs closed out the 2013 regular season with a 10-1 overall record and finished second in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference standings while also claiming their sixth consecutive NSIC North Division title. Emporia State is 9-1 in all games and in Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletic Association play (second place). The Bulldog-Homet winner will visit No. 1 Northwest Missouri State University (11-0) of the MIAAs a week from Saturday. In the other first round Super Regional Three matchup, No. 4 Henderson State University (11-0) of the Great American Conference will host No. 6 St. Cloud State University of the NSIC with the victor moving on to play No. 2 Minnesota State University – Mankato (11-0) of the NSIC on November 30th.
The quarterfinals are scheduled for December 7th, at the site of the highest-seeded team while the other two nationally-televised semifinal-round games will be held the following week. The NCAA II championship is set for December 21 at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama.
The Bulldogs have now qualified for the NCAA II playoffs on eight occasions in their 81-year history — all coming in the past 12 seasons — and have an 11.5 record to show for it. Under direction of head coach Bob Nielson, UMD laid claim to its first NCAA II title in any sport five years ago and repeated that feat in 2010, ending both seasons with a perfect 15-0 mark. Last fall, the Bulldogs were ousted by host Missouri Western State in the opening round (57-55 in three overtimes) after advancing to the payoff quarterfinals one year earlier by posting successive triumphs over both Saginaw Valley State University (30-27 in overtime in Duluth) and then-No. 1 ranked Colorado State University-Pueblo (24-21 on the road), before succumbing to Wayne State University (Mich.) 35-21 at Malosky Stadium. The Bulldogs went 1-1 in the 2009 NCAA II postseason, upending the University Nebraska-Kearney 42-7 at home in the second round before dropping a 24-10 decision to visiting Grand Valley State University. In 2002, Nielson and UMD went a perfect 11-0 during the 2002 regular season, but then fell 45-41 at Northwest Missouri State in the first round of the playoffs. Three years later, head coach Kyle “Bubba” Schweigert and his Bulldogs were ambushed 23-12 by the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota, in another opening-round contest.
Emporia State has made only one previous NCAA II playoff appearance — in 2003, when they lost 10-3 at Winona State University — but qualified for the NAIA playoffs three years (1987, 1988, and 1989).
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