DENVER - Dakota State bounced back in the winning column Saturday as they recorded two wins in the Johnson & Wales (Colo.) volleyball tournament at the Wildcat Center. The Trojans defeated the host-team Johnson & Wales in the first match in four sets (25-19, 25-23, 17-25 and 25-12). DSU concluded the tournament with three straight sets sweep over Southwest (N.M.) by the scores of 25-23, 25-18 and 28-26.
Dakota State raised their overall record to 11-13 and 2-2 Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) conference record (after the win at Johnson & Wales).
Dakota State (S.D.) 3, Johnson & Wales (Colo.) 1 - BOX SCORE
Dakota State jumped to a 16-10 lead in the opening set in the battle of A.I.I. foes. The Wildcats used a 7-3 run to trim DSU's lead to 19-17. The Trojans scored five straight points to record the biggest lead of the first set at 24-17. Kristen DiPaola ended the first set with a kill as DSU gained a 1-0 match lead with a 25-19 first set win.
A total of eight ties were featured in the second set. At 23-23, Johnson & Wales suffered two straight attack errors to give the Trojans 25-23 second set victory and extend their match lead to 2-0. The Wildcats recorded 18 kills in the second set, but committed 10 attack errors. DSU had nine kills and three errors in 33 attempts in the set.
Dakota State was held to a .049 hitting percentage in the third set as the Wildcat scored a 25-17 victory to trim DSU's match lead to 2-1.
DSU exploded with a 7-1 lead in the fourth set. With DSU leading at 10-6, the Trojans scored five straight points to extend their lead to 15-6. At 17-12 in favor of the Trojans, Dakota State sealed the match by scoring the final eight points of the fourth set for a 25-12 win. The Trojans recorded a hitting efficiency of .364 in the fourth set compared to Johnson & Wales minus .143.
DiPaola smashed 21 kills in the match for Dakota State. Caitlin Pick added 10 kills. Stacey Schuller produced 36 set assists.
Katie Green led the DSU's defense with 25 digs. Allison Thielsen added 11 digs. DiPaola and Mandi Atkins each had two service aces. Taylor Mosco recorded three block assists.
Lizzie Michalski had 14 kills for the Wildcats. Morgan Riestis added 11 kills. Demi Coca had 10 kills. Brandi Geiser recorded 34 assists.
Roni Gibbs had 20 digs for JW. Riestis added 14 digs. Geiser had three service aces.
Johnson & Wales outhit the Trojans 46-42. DSU had a hitting percentage of .183 (19 attack errors) compared to the Wildcat .123 (29 attack errors).
Dakota State had five blocks while the Wildcats had three blocks in the match.
Dakota State (S.D.) 3, Southwest (N.M.) 0 - BOX SCORE
Nine ties were recorded in the early going in the opening set. With DSU leading at 12-10, Southwest (member of the Red River Athletic Conference) used a 5-0 scoring run to regain a 15-12 lead. The Mustangs extended their lead to 22-17. The Trojans mounted a late rally with an 8-1 scoring run to earn a 25-23 first set win. DiPaola and Mosco combined a total of seven kills during the scoring run to give DSU a 1-0 match lead.
Dakota State jumped to a 14-6 lead in the second set. The Trojans widen their lead to 22-8. With DSU leading at 24-11, Southwest scored seven straight points to trim DSU's lead at 24-18. DiPaola smashed a kill to end the second set at 25-18 and extended DSU's match lead to 2-0.
A total of 11 times and five lead changes were featured in the third set. With the Mustangs leading at 24-23, Dakota State saved Mustang's set point and tied the third set at 24-24. At 26-26, DiPaola recorded two consecutive kills to give Trojans a 28-26 victory and a 3-0 match win.
DiPaola led the Trojans' offensive attack with 24 kills. Mosco added 11 kills. Pick recorded eight kills. Schuller had 41 assists.
Green had 22 digs for the Trojans' defense. Thielsen added 16 digs. DiPaola recorded 12 digs. Atkins had 11 digs.
Shelby Smiley had eight kills for Southwest. Macy Olness added seven kills. Kayla Jenkins recorded 20 assists.
Judith Gutierrez had 21 digs for the Mustangs. Smiley added 13 digs.
Dakota State had 20 more kills than Southwest in the match (48-28). The Trojans recorded a killing percentage of .163 compared to the Mustangs .073.
Southwest had seven blocks in the match, while DSU had three blocks.
Dakota State returns home next Saturday (October 13). The Trojans look to extend their winning streak as they host Jamestown (N.D.) in the battle of former Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) foes. First serve is set for 3 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director