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NSU volleyball drops final two matches
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TULSA, Okla. – Stacey DiFrancesco and Keelie Arneson led the Northwestern State volleyball team once again on Friday afternoon but their efforts fell short as the Lady Demons dropped their final two matches of the season against No. 54 Tulsa and North Dakota State.

The Lady Demons end their record-breaking season 20-13 overall and 12-7 against Southland Conference opponents while Tulsa improves to 25-9 and NDSU moves to 13-17.

The first set against TU started out competitive with three ties early on. A kill by Tyler Henderson sparked a 4-0 run for the Golden Hurricanes to put the score at 7-3.

The Lady Demons fought back, putting up three unanswered points of their own to come within two points at the 11-9 mark.

Tulsa pulled away after a DiFrancesco attack error led to another 3-0 run to put the score at 18-11. NSU was unable to recover, dropping the first set 25-18.

The second set was more of the same as NSU kept it close through the first 10 points. A service error by Kelly Jimenez ignited a 12-4 streak for the Golden Hurricanes to give TU a 22-13 lead.

Tulsa wasted no time in the third set, completing a 9-1 run to put the score at 18-7. NSU could not close the deficit, falling 25-14.

The Lady Demons took one set off of NDSU in their second match of the day before dropping the match 25-21, 20-25, 25-22, 25-20.

Caiti O’Connell led NSU against the Bison, landing 17 kills, while Arneson collected an astonishing 33 digs.

DiFrancesco also had an impressive match, recording her 14th double-double of the year with 15 kills and 15 digs.

The first set was the most competitive of the four, totaling nine ties and six lead changes. The Bison led early on until a 4-1 streak gave NSU the lead at the 8-7 mark.

The Lady Demons held onto their lead until an O’Connell attack error allowed NDSU to take over as the scoreboard read 18-17.

NSU could not hold on as the Bison closed the set out on a 4-0 run, winning 25-21.

The Lady Demons came out hot in the second set, gaining a 10-1 advantage. NDSU slowly fought its’ way back into the game, trimming the deficit to three points at the 23-20 mark.

The third set was competitive in the beginning until the Bison completed a 6-1 streak to go up 15-9. The Lady Demons fought back, scoring five unanswered points, to bring the score to 22-21, in NDSU’s favor, but fell short as the Bison won 25-22.

The final set was more of the same as NSU led early on. A series of NDSU 3-0 runs gave the Bison the advantage and the Lady Demons were unable to answer, falling 25-20.

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