SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Dakota State made their second straight trip to Sioux City to open the season Wednesday evening. The Trojans visited Morningside (Iowa), a member of Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC), at the RVSC-Allee Gym. The Mustangs defeated DSU in three straight sets by the score of 25-11, 25-21 and 25-20.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 0-2. Morningside improved their record to 3-2.
The Mustangs opened the first set by scoring four straight points to earn a 4-0 early lead and never looked back. MC won the opening set 25-11 as the Trojans struggled with a negative .114 hitting percentage. The Mustangs had a .351 hitting efficiency in the first set.
There were a total of six ties and two lead changes to start the second set. At 11-11, Morningside went on a 9-4 scoring tear to earn a 20-15 lead. The Trojans could get no closer than three points (24-21) before Kecia Verburg closed the second set with a kill (MC 25-21) to give Mustangs a 2-0 match lead.
DSU and MC went through seven ties and three lead changes in the third set. With the Mustangs leading at 21-19, MC closed the match with a 4-1 scoring run (25-21).
Morningside was held to below .200 hitting percentage in the final two sets of the match (.186 in the second set and .163 in the third set). The Trojans hit .111 in the second set and .087 in the third set.
Caitlin Pick had six attacks and Allison Thieslen added five kills for Dakota State. Stacey Schuller produced 10 assists. Kaylee Vander Wal added six assists.
Thielsen and Chelsey Davis each had 13 digs for the Trojans. Taylor Stratton had two service aces.
Pick had three block assists and a solo block for DSU.
Maggie Vondrak had 11 kills for Morningside. Kecia Verburg added 10 kills. TyAnn Buddenhagen recorded 21 set assists. Hannah Roberg added 18 assists.
Grace Chvatal led the Mustangs' defense with 22 digs. Vondrak added 14 digs. Katie Kuck had 11 digs.
MC outhit the Trojans 47-19. The Mustangs hit .225 compared to DSU .034.
DSU had five blocks, while Morningside had four blocks. MC had 75 digs compared to DSU 59 digs.
Dakota State continues their action this weekend. The Trojans head to Mitchell, S.D. to take part of the two-day Corn Palace Classic. DSU plays York (Neb.) at 2 p.m. and Clarke (Iowa) at 6 p.m. on the first day of the classic on Friday at the Corn Palace.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director