SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - University of Sioux Falls, member of NCAA Division II and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC), hosted Dakota State in the battle of in-state rival Tuesday night at the Stewart Center. The Cougars swept the Trojans in three straight sets by the scores of 25-18, 25-19 and 27-25.
Dakota State dipped their overall record to 12-17. USF improved their record to 13-11.
The Cougars produced a hitting percentage of .393 (15 kills with four attack errors in 28 attempts) in the opening set to earn a 1-0 match lead (25-18). DSU was held to .036 hitting efficiency (7 kills with six attack errors in 28 attempts).
A total of eight ties were featured in the early second set. At 9-9, USF used a 10-4 scoring run to earn a 19-13 lead. The Cougars secured the second set to extend their match lead to 2-0.
In a back-and-forth battle in the third set, USF jumped to an 8-5 lead. The Trojans answered back and overtook the lead from the Cougars at 17-15. USF regained their lead at 22-19, but DSU rallied back to tie the third set at 22-22. The Trojans saved two match points to extend the third set. At 25-25, the Cougars sealed the match by scoring the final two points for a 27-25 victory.
Kristen DiPaola smashed a match-high 15 kills for Dakota State. Caitlin Pick added six kills. Taylor Mosco had four kills. Stacey Schuller produced 23 set assists.
Mandi Atkins led DSU's defense with 10 digs. Allison Thielsen added nine digs. DiPaola, Schuller and Katie Green each had two service aces.
Emily Johnson had 13 kills for USF. Kellee Griese and Sarah Kohler each added 11 kills. Alexa Reed recorded 33 assists.
Andrea Odbert had 12 digs for the Cougars. Samantha Lovell had 5.5 blocks (three solo blocks and three block assists). Chanda Goedken recorded three solo blocks.
USF outhit the Trojans 50-29 in kills. The Cougars had a .340 hitting percentage compared to DSU's .117 hitting efficiency in the match.
DSU had six service aces while USF had five service aces.
The Cougars recorded nine blocks compared to the Trojans' five blocks.
Dakota State looks to snap their losing streak as they head into their final weekend of regular-season play. The Trojans travel to the Hansen Center to play in a triangular in Jamestown, N.D. against a pair of former Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) foes. DSU will play Valley City State (N.D.) at 6 p.m., followed by DSU-Jamestown match at 8 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director