MADISON, S.D. - Stephanie Kruggel recorded her 1000th career kill at Dakota State University in the fourth set versus Oklahoma Wesleyan on Saturday morning. The Trojans overcame a slow start with double digits attack errors in the opening set and defeated Eagles and Mayville State each in four sets. It was the Trojans' seventh win in the last eight matches.
Dakota State concluded their home schedule with an impressive 9-2 record and raised their overall record to 16-15. It was the first time since 2005 that DSU is at least a match above .500 (DSU finished 16-14 overall record that year).
In the first match of the day, Oklahoma Wesleyan took advantage of Trojans' 11 attack errors for a 25-23 set win.
Dakota State recorded a .403 hitting percentage in the second set for a 25-13 win to even the match at 1-1. Oklahoma Wesleyan was held to minus .065 hitting efficiency.
DSU raced to a 20-10 lead in the third set. The Eagles scored seven straight points to trim DSU's lead to 20-17. The Trojans sealed the third set win by the score of 25-22.
OWU and DSU battled for eight ties in the fourth set. With DSU leading at 17-16, the Trojans used a 4-0 scoring run to extend their lead to 21-16. Dakota State won the fourth set by the score of 25-21 for a 3-1 match victory.
Kruggel had 22 kills and 15 digs for DSU. Kristen DiPaola added 16 kills. Caitlin Pick recorded nine kills and 4.5 blocks (a solo block and six block assists). Stacey Schuller produced 50 set assists.
Katie Green had 13 digs for Trojans' defense. Schuller added 11 digs. Brianna Tuenge and Stephanie Uher each had 10 digs.
For Oklahoma Wesleyan, Michelle Sanger and Viola Kincade each had 10 kills. Kelsey Gerrish recorded 36 assists.
Amanda Sanders had 19 digs to lead OWU's defense. Mandy Muncy added 16 digs and Emily Hiett had 12 digs.
Dakota State outhit Oklahoma Wesleyan 55-41. The Trojans had a .197 hitting percentage compared to Eagles' .076. DSU had nine blocks, while OWU had six blocks.
Mayville State swept the Eagles in three straight sets in the second match of DSU's triangular (25-15, 25-17 and 25-12).
In the final match of the DSU triangular, the Trojans struggled in the first set. DSU committed 10 attack errors to allow Mayville State grab a 1-0 match lead with a 25-15 first set win.
Dakota State bounced back in the second set as they recorded a 25-23 win to even the match at 1-1.
The Trojans opened the third set with a 7-2 scoring run. The Comets rallied back and tied the third set at 18-18. DSU closed out the third set with a 7-4 run (25-22) to give Trojans' a commanding 2-1 lead.
Dakota State scored five straight points - three kills from Kruggel and two kills from DiPaola - to open the fourth set. The Trojans extended to their largest lead of the fourth set at 17-7. Mayville State used an 8-1 run to cut DSU's lead to 18-15. The Trojans secured the match with a 25-19 fourth set victory. DSU held Mayville State to a .091 hitting percentage in the fourth set.
Kruggel recorded her career-high 25 kills for the Trojans. She led DSU's defense with 15 digs. DiPaola added 14 kills. Lauren LaBar had 12 kills. Stacey Schuller contributed 54 assists and recorded 10 digs.
Kruggel and Schuller each had three service aces for DSU. Mandi Atkins had 13 digs. Green added 12 digs.
Josette Glatt led the Comets with 16 kills. Nikki Roholt added 11 kills. Ariana Odegard recorded 21 assists. Laura Kolness added 19 assists and 16 digs.
Emily Liljestrand had 25 digs for Mayville State. Roholt had a solo block and five assists.
The Trojans had 10 more kills than the Comets (59-49). Mayville State had a .222 hitting percentage compared to DSU's .177. DSU committed 28 attack errors, while the Comets had 15 attack errors.
Dakota State had eight service aces compared to MaSU's two. The Comets had 10 team blocks while the Trojans recorded two blocks.
It was the final home career match for DSU's seniors Kruggel and LaBar.
Dakota State heads to the two-day University of Sioux Falls Halloween volleyball tournament next weekend. The Trojans face the host-team University of Sioux Falls in the first match on Friday. First serve is set for 3 p.m. at the Stewart Center. Then, DSU will take a quick trip to the Sioux Falls Christian High School for a 6 p.m. match versus Lindenwood (Mo.).
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director