DENVER - Dakota State was held to minus .009 hitting percentage Friday afternoon as the Trojans dropped in three straight sets versus Sterling (Kan.) in the first day of the Johnson & Wales (Colo.) Tournament at the Wildcat Center. Sterling won by the scores of 28-26, 25-15 and 25-11.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 9-13. Sterling improved their record to 13-9.
DSU jumped to a 21-16 lead in the first set. The Warriors scored eight straight points to earn a 23-21 lead. The Trojans answered back by scoring three straight points for a 24-23 lead. Dakota State was unable to secure the first set as SC used a 5-3 closing run to record a 28-26 first set victory.
Sterling raced to a 12-4 lead in the second set. DSU was able to get no closer than 15-10 as the Warriors sealed the second set with a 10-5 closing run for a 2-0 match lead.
Dakota State was held to -.107 hitting efficiency in the third set as Sterling secured the match with a 25-11 third set win.
Allison Thielsen and Caitlin Pick each had eight kills for DSU. Stacey Schuller had 21 set assists.
Katie Green led the DSU's defense with 19 digs. Kristen DiPaola had four block assists.
Hayley Ray and Anna Simpson-Mills each had 10 attacks for the Warriors. Adriana Gonzalez recorded 32 assists.
Sara Steria and Gonzalez each had 11 digs for Sterling. Ray and Makenzie McIntyre each had four block assists.
SC outhit the Trojans 42-23 in the match. The Warriors recorded a hitting percentage of .164, while DSU committed 24 attack errors (-.009 hitting percentage).
The Trojans had six blocks compared to Sterling five blocks.
Dakota State looks to bounce back in the winning column tomorrow (Saturday) in the second day of the Johnson & Wales tournament. The Trojans face the host-team Johnson & Wales at 11 a.m. (Central Time)/10 a.m. (Mountain Time) and Southwest (N.M.) at 1 p.m. (Central Time)/12 p.m. (Mountain Time). All matches will be at the Wildcat Center.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director