“Going into the nonconference with Valpo, it was a good refresher for us … I think that’s really where we found out a lot about ourselves. Then we were able to carry that through the home stretch and knowing we had to win to qualify for the (Summit League) tournament.”
The Bison won its first Summit League tournament match since 2011, upsetting four-seeded Oral Roberts 3-1. Junior Jenni Fassbender led the way with 14 kills, and Emily Minnick and Emily Miron had 11 kills apiece. The Bison and Golden Eagles split the first two sets setting up a pivotal third set. The Bison were able to win the set by two points and finally put the Golden Eagles away in the fourth.
Junior Jennie Fassbender joined Emily Minnick, Emily Miron and Emily Milligan at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. last winter to play against and with the best college volleyball players in the country. The rise in the competition helped. Fassbender was named an All-Summit League honorable mention as an outside hitter and led the Bison with 430 kills.
The Future is Now
At six-feet, two-inches and blocking nearly one shot per set, Emily Miron is the perfect middle blocker for the Bison volleyball team. Her 352 kills and 119 blocks were good enough to earn her a spot on the All-Summit League Team.
Chew on This
The start of the Summit League season was nearly a disaster for the Bison. They won two of the first eight matches and found themselves near the bottom of the league and missing the postseason conference tournament for the second time in program history. However, the Bison prevailed and ended its season on a 6-2 run through the conference to gain the fifth seed in the Summit League tournament in Indianapolis, Ind.