MADISON, S.D. - The Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) has selected Kristen DiPaola of Dakota State University volleyball team as its female player of the week, announced Monday afternoon.
DiPaola, a 5-foot-10 senior outside hitter from Trinidad, Colo., was named to the Corn Palace Classic All-Tournament team. She led Dakota State to a 3-2 week with wins over Mount Marty (S.D.), Saint Mary (Neb.) and Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.).
DiPaola smashed 30 kills in a 3-2 victory over in-state rival Mount Marty on Sept. 4 at the Cimpl Arena. Her 30 kills placed her for the second most kills in a single match in the DSU volleyball record book. She currently holds the school record with 31 kills, which happened in the same arena (Cimpl Arena) with a 3-2 comeback victory over the Lancers on Sept. 20, 2011.
DiPaola finished the week with 105 kills (5.8 kills per set), 55 digs (3.1 digs per set), five assists, a solo block, nine block assists and three service aces.
According to the NAIA-DakStats as of Monday, DiPaola ranks second in the nation in kills per set (4.8) and sixth in total kills (193). She leads the A.I.I. conference in the kills' category.
Kristen is a daughter of Michael and Mary Beth DiPaola of Trinidad, Colo. She is majoring in Business Management at Dakota State University.
Dakota State looks to extend their winning streak to three on Tuesday night as they travel to Presentation (S.D.). First serve is set for 7 p.m. at the Strode Center.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director