The University of Central Arkansas volleyball stepped out of conference play to defeat North Dakota State in three games at the Prince Center on Monday night. The Sugar Bears (12-6) swept the Bison (8-6), the defending champions of the Summit League, 25-22, 25-23, 25-12.
Tied at 21-21 in the first game, UCA went on a 4-1 run with help from a kill by freshman setter Marissa Collins and a pair of NDSU service errors, giving the Sugar Bears the frame 25-22. Game 2 was tied at 22, but UCA pulled away with kills from senior Chloe Smith and freshman Karlie Giesler, winning 25-23.
The Bison recorded five blocks in each of the first two games, but the Sugar Bears adjusted for the third. UCA dodged the NDSU block and hit .444 with 14 kills in the final game, en route to a 25-12 victory.
For the match UCA outhit NDSU .243 to .116 and had a 45-26 kills advantage. The Bison ended the match with 10 blocks, while the Sugar Bears had four.
Collins propelled UCA’s offense with 34 assists and five kills to go with an ace and six digs. Freshman middle blocker Jessica Nagy hit .583 and had seven kills with no attack errors. Jessica Hays recorded her eight double-double of the season with 11 kills and 10 digs. Smith added 10 kills and junior libero Cristn Curl came up with 13 digs.
Megan Lamberston led NDSU with 10 kills and a .588 hitting percentage. Lauren McLaughlin had 15 digs.
UCA will return to conference play on Thursday night when they host Southeastern Louisiana at the Prince Center. The match will start at 7 p.m.