NSIC roundup

Each week, The Minot Daily News features a roundup of notable performances, news and results from teams in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Here’s what happened last week:

A pair of matchups between undefeated teams highlighted this weekend’s NSIC football slate. No. 2 Minnesota State-Mankato beat No. 7 Minnesota Duluth 21-17 on the road and No. 23 St. Cloud State crushed fellow Minnesota school Concordia-St. Paul 34-3.

SCSU (3-0) and Mankato (3-0) are the only unblemished teams left in the league. Mankato remained at No. 2 in the American Football Coaches Association Poll released Monday. Duluth fell to No. 13 and SCSU moved up to No. 20.

Mankato junior defensive back Nathan Hancock earned NSIC Defensive Player of the Week honors after playing a role in all three Duluth turnovers in the Mavericks’ win. Hancock recovered a fumble, forced another and grabbed an interception in addition to making 10 tackles.

Upper Iowa junior running back Chris Smith rushed for 202 yards and two touchdowns in the Peacocks’ 24-17 victory over Northern State. With the performance – Smith’s third career 200-yard game – the 5-foot-8, 190-pound tailback earned the NSIC Offensive Player of the Week award.

– The NSIC continues to be strongly represented at the top of the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 Poll. Minnesota

Duluth (No. 1), Concordia-St. Paul (2), Wayne State (8) and Southwest Minnesota State (9) were all in the top 10 of Monday’s rankings.

Two SMSU volleyball players were honored by the league following victories over Augustana and Wayne State. Sophomore right-side hitter Abbey Thissen had 35 kills in 73 attempts and was named the NSIC Offensive Player of the Week. Mustangs sophomore outside hitter Whitney Burmeister averaged six digs per set en route to the defensive honor.

Duluth sophomore Ashley Hinsch was named the setter of the week after amassing 113 assists (12.56 per set) in three Bulldog wins.

The Augustana cross country teams were the top-ranked NSIC squads in the first national polls released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Wednesday.

The Vikings were the lone conference team in the men’s poll at No. 6. Augustana was ranked No. 3 in the women’s poll, which also included Minnesota Duluth (16) and Winona State (22).

Southwest Minnesota State goalkeeper Brienna Dehkes moved her season shutout total to three in a pair of soccer wins over Minot State and the University of Mary this weekend. The freshman from Elk River, Minn., recorded seven saves and was named the NSIC Goalie of the Week.

Duluth junior Maureen Stormont was named the offensive player of the week after scoring three goals during wins over Upper Iowa and Winona State.

– Daily News Staff