This Week: The North Dakota State volleyball team will open the 2020-21 season by hosting a pair of non-conference matches against the University of North Dakota on Friday, Jan. 22, and Saturday, Jan. 23, inside the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse on campus. Both matches are scheduled to start at 1 p.m.
Restricted Capacity: For this weekend’s matches against North Dakota, no single-game tickets will be sold to the public. Attendance will be limited to NDSU volleyball season ticket holders, the team pass list, and limited NDSU students. Single-game ticket sales will be re-evaluated as the season progresses.
Parking: For Friday’s 1 p.m. match, those attending should be aware of weekday NDSU parking regulations. Parking off-campus is encouraged. Any on-campus parking will be limited to Visitor Lot E – the pay lot one block west of the BBF.
The Series vs. North Dakota: Friday’s match will be the 100th all-time between NDSU and UND in volleyball, with the Bison leading the series 80-19. NDSU won both meetings last season by 3-1 scores.
The BBF: The Bison finished 7-4 in the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse last season, averaging 780 fans per match. NDSU is 390-94 at home since 1978 — good for an .805 winning percentage.
Bella Blocks: Senior Bella Lien enters the 2020-21 season with exactly 300 career blocks to her name, ranking 21st in NDSU history. Her average of 0.97 blocks per set ranks 9th all-time at NDSU.
Senior Leader: Senior outside hitter Alexis Bachmeier ranks 22nd on the NDSU all-time list with 2.47 digs per set for her career.
Top Duo: Alexis Bachmeier averaged 13.5 kills in NDSU’s two victories over North Dakota last season, and Syra Tanchin added 13.0 kills per match.
Scheiwiller Joins Bison: NDSU announced on Dec. 1 the addition of transfer Allison Scheiwiller. Scheiwiller is a 6-foot-2 middle blocker from High Point University, who comes to NDSU with four seasons of eligibility remaining after redshirting her freshman year in 2019. She is eligible to compete immediately for the Bison this spring after the 2020 fall season was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Scheiwiller is a Bourbonnais, Ill., native, where she was a three-time all-conference and three-time all-area honoree at Bradley Bourbonnais HS. She registered 307 blocks in her high school career and posted a .437 hitting percentage as a senior. Scheiwiller also helped lead UNO Volleyball Club (17 Elite) to the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championship in 2018.
Signing Day Haul: NDSU head coach Jennifer Lopez announced the addition of five student-athletes for the 2021-22 school year on Nov. 11.
Alexis Boling, a middle blocker from Waukesha, Wis.; Morgan Middleton, an outside hitter from Clarion, Iowa; Raegen Reilly, a setter from Sioux Falls, S.D.; Abby Moe, a middle blocker from Eagan, Minn.; and Abby Stark, a defensive specialist/libero from Willmar, Minn., will continue their academic careers at NDSU and join the Bison in the fall of 2021.
Boling and Reilly were both named to the 2020 AVCA High School All-Region Teams in their respective regions, and are believed to be the first incoming NDSU Volleyball signees to earn the distinction. Boling was named to Region 6 (Iowa, Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin), while Reilly was named to Region 7 (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska).
The Coach: Jennifer Lopez (NDSU, 2014) enters her fourth season as the Bison head coach with an overall record of 41-45 and an even 23-23 mark in Summit League play. She has led NDSU to the Summit League Tournament in each of her first three seasons, making two Summit League semifinals appearances.
After joining the Bison as an assistant coach in 2015, she was named interim head coach in May 2017 and officially named head coach on Oct. 23, 2017. Lopez was the Summit League Setter of the Year, Player of the Year, and Tournament MVP in 2011 as a senior for North Dakota State.