The No. 16-ranked Bismarck State Mystics watched as their early-match magic faded away in a 3-1 loss to No. 18 North Dakota State College of Science on Monday, Sept. 12. The home win pushed NDSCS to 8-0 on the season, while the Mystics dropped to 12-2. NDSCS dropped set one, 25-22, before handling its business with three straight wins — 25-16, 25-22 and 25-18.
“We kinda freaked out in the beginning, but that’s pretty typical of me and my players. I get ‘em too jacked up,” NDSCS Head Coach Jane Passa joked. “They made adjustments. I think they’re really happy and (the win) helped with their confidence.We knew that Bismarck had played a lot of great teams. I was nervous, I’ll be honest, because what are you walking into when you haven’t really played anybody?”