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Forum staff reports, Published November 18 2010

Weekend watch: College volleyball: Summit League Tournament

College volleyball: Summit League Tournament

At NDSU’s Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse

5 p.m. Friday: Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne vs. South Dakota State

7:30 p.m. Friday: North Dakota State vs. Southern Utah

7 p.m. Saturday: Championship match

North Dakota State’s volleyball team will try to reclaim the Summit League tournament it lost last year on its home floor. But before anyone starts thinking a rematch of last year’s championship match in which Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne stunned the Bison, NDSU must first beat Southern Utah and IPFW must beat South Dakota State in Friday’s semifinal matches. Southern Utah, picked to finish eighth in the league, clinched a playoff spot by posting a 3-0 home win over IPFW last weekend. The Bison have a 4-0 lead in the series with Southern Utah, including a 3-0 win at home and a 3-2 win at Southern Utah this season. Whoever wins Saturday’s championship match will receive at automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

– Forum staff

College men’s basketball: Mayville State at North Dakota State

2 p.m. Saturday at NDSU’s Bison Sports Arena

After posting a 2-1 record at the Basketball Travelers Invitational at the University of Oregon, the Bison earned a No. 24 ranking in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major poll this week. It marks the first time the Bison have been ranked in the poll since their No. 11 finish by the 2009 NCAA tournament team. The Bison, led by senior forward Michael Tveidt who averages 18.7 points per game, will face a Mayville State team that is scheduled to host Minnesota State Moorhead on Friday. The Bison have won 18 straight games against Mayville State, including a 128-64 win in the 2008-09 season opener. That set records for most points, largest margin of victory and most points in a half (74).

– Forum staff

College men’s hockey: St. Olaf at Concordia

7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday at Moorhead Sports Center

The Cobbers open their home Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schedule this weekend with two games against the Oles. Concordia has a large contingent of former local high school players on its roster, including nine former Moorhead Spuds. Sophomore forward Pat Deitz, a former Spud, leads the team with three goals through six games. Concordia (1-5, 0-2 MIAC) is looking to get back on the winning track having lost its last five games.

– Forum staff

College women’s hockey: St. Cloud State at UND

7:07 p.m. Friday, 7:07 p.m. Saturday at Ralph Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks

The Sioux have a chance to improve their 5-3-2 WCHA record this weekend with a series against winless St. Cloud State. The Sioux, who sit in third place of the WCHA standings, are led by Grand Forks sisters Jocelyn Lamoureux and Monique Lamoureux-Kolls who have combined for 14 of UND’s goals this season. Coming of a 2-1 loss and a 1-1 tie at Bemidji State last weekend, the Sioux are ranked No. 8 in the USCHO.com poll and No. 9 in the USA Today/USA Hockey magazine poll.

– Forum staff