Doug Barrett | Aug 28, 2017 AT 7:41 am
Georgia Tech, fresh off an upset of 17th-ranked Michigan State a night earlier, handed North Dakota its first loss of the season with a 25-15, 25-20, 25-23 win Sunday afternoon in nonconference play.
UND had played four matches in the past two days-- two of them going five sets-- before boarding a bus and making the five-hour trip to Atlanta last night. The Yellow Jackets were able to pounce quickly in the opening set, going on an 8-1 run midway through the first frame then later piecing together seven straight points on the way to a 25-15 win in the first set.
"This was by far the best team we've played. They were definitely on an emotional high from beating No. 17 Michigan State yesterday," UND head coach Mark Pryor said. "The first set they really jumped on us and made a good run in the middle of the set, and then it was just side out ball to finish, and we couldn't get enough stops.
North Dakota will play five more matches next week, starting with two in Las Cruces, N.M. on Thursday. UND gets the host New Mexico State Aggies at 8:00 p.m. Thursday followed by UNLV on Friday before it heads to El Paso, Texas for the Glory Road Invitational hosted by UTEP.