Volleyball - Sun, Nov. 11, 2012


MAYVILLE, N.D. - The Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) had announced its volleyball All-Conference honors on Nov. 8 in the banquet at the campus of Mayville State (N.D.).  Senior outside hitter Kristen DiPaola of Dakota State (S.D.) was selected to the A.I.I. All-Conference first-team.

DiPaola had a stellar volleyball career at Dakota State after transferring from Trinidad State Junior College two years ago.  She smashed her 1000th career kill at DSU on Oct. 16 at DSU Fieldhouse in Trojans' 3-1 win over Presentation (S.D.).  DiPaola became the second DSU volleyball athlete to achieve the milestone within a span of two years (Stephanie Kruggel hit her 1000th career kill in 2011).

According to the DakState statistical website as of Sunday, DiPaola ranks second in the nation in kills per set (5.1) and third in total kills with 591.  She leads both categories in the A.I.I.

DiPaola had set numerous records in the Trojan Volleyball record book.  She currently holds the most kills in a single match with 31 at Mount Marty (S.D.) on Sept. 20, 2011.  DiPaola ranks second in the DSU record book for most kills in a single season (591).

In addition, DiPaola recorded 29 service aces (0.25 aces per set), 330 digs (2.8 digs per set) and 53 total blocks (0.53 blocks per set) this season for DSU.

Kristen is the daughter of Michael and Mary Beth DiPaola of Trinidad, Colo.  She is majoring in Business Management at Dakota State University.

Below is the list of the A.I.I. Volleyball Postseason All-Conference lists:

A.I.I. Volleyball First-Team

Name Position School Year Hometown
Sarah Becker MB Jamestown (N.D.) JR Rochester, Minn.
Taylor DeGraaf OH Cal State San Marcos SO Arcadia, Calif.
Katie Lee DS Jamestown (N.D.) SR Fargo, N.D.
Josette Glatt MH Mayville State (N.D.) SO Bismarck, N.D.
Morgan Martells  MH Ashford (Iowa)  SO  Sterling, Ill. 
Alyssa Foster  Cal State San Marcos  SO  Portland, Ore. 
Karrah Toby  Ashford (Iowa)  SO  Fox Lake, Ill. 
Aurissa Martens  MH  Valley City State (N.D.)  JR  Manitou, Manitoba Canada 
Katie Zent  MB  Jamestown (N.D.)  SR  Lefor, N.D. 
Nichole May  Cal State San Marcos  SR  Huntington Beach, Calif. 
Kristen DiPaola  OH  Dakota State (S.D.)  SR  Trinidad, Colo. 
Shelby Madigan  OH  La Sierra (Calif.)  SR  Meadow Vista, Calif. 
Lina Semaia  OH La Sierra (Calif.)  SO  Anaheim, Calif. 
Liz Gbur  Ashford (Iowa)  SR  Harwood Heights, Ill. 
Laura Kolness  Mayville State (N.D.)  SO  Ada, Minn.

A.I.I. Volleyball Honorable Mention

Name Position School Year Hometown
Kaitlyn Rogalla MH Jamestown (N.D.) SR Moorhead, Minn.
Brittany Thompson OH Cal State San Marcos SO Carlsbad, Calif.
Danielle Tombalato MH Ashford (Iowa) SO Berwyn, Ill.
Ashley Torgusson DS Mayville State (N.D.) SR Fergus Falls, Minn.
Jill Noeske OH Valley City State (N.D.) SR Valley City, N.D.
Guadalupe Garcia RS La Sierra (Calif.) JR Los Angeles, Calif.

A.I.I. Libero of the Year: Katie Lee, Jamestown (N.D.)
A.I.I. Setter of the Year: Alyssa Foster, Cal State San Marco

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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