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Wolves knock off fourth-rated Duluth

Northern State University’s Taylor Buckley, right, tries to hit the ball past South Dakota School of Mines’ Victoria Zagorski, center and Dejah Behrend, far left, during a match last season in the Northern State Volleyball Classic at the Barnett Center. Buckley had a dozen kills in a victory over Minnesota-Duluth Friday night. Photo by John Davis taken 9/10/2021

NSU Press Release

The Northern State University volleyball hosted No. 4 Minnesota Duluth and upset the Bulldogs from Wachs Arena. NSU handed UMD just their third loss of the 2022 season.


Final Score: NSU 3, UMD 0

Records: NSU 16-9 (11-6 NSIC), UMD 22-3 (14-3 NSIC)

Attendance: 1438


·         The Wolves secured the win with set scores of 25-21, 25-17, and 25-17

·         Northern hit a match high .393 and held Duluth to a .125 attack percentage

·         In addition, NSU recorded a match leading 43 kills, 39 assists, and ten blocks, as well as 33 digs and four aces

·         The Wolves offense suffered just eight hitting errors in the contest and saw four players hit above .300

·         The net defense was led by Cara Cyr with five blocks, leading four total Wolves with three or more

·         The win is Northern’s second top-25 defeat of the season and first over a top-10 foe since their November 5, 2021 victory over No. 10 Concordia-St. Paul


·         Taylor Buckley: 12 kills, .417 attack%, 6 digs, 2 blocks

·         Sally Gaul: 12 kills, .333 attack%, 10 digs, 3 blocks

·         Hanna Thompson: 10 kills, .563 attack%

·         Keri Walker: 35 assists, 6 digs, 4 blocks, 2 kills

·         Madison Langlie: 9 digs, 2 aces


Northern returns to action for the final regular season home match of 2022 tomorrow. The Wolves will face St. Cloud State at 5 p.m. on Senior Night. 

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