THIS WEEK: The DSU volleyball team (10-14 overall record) will host its annual 'Dig Pink' night on Tuesday night at DSU Fieldhouse. The Trojans welcome the University of Minnesota-Morris (12-6) with a junior varsity match at 6 p.m., followed by a varsity match at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Trojans travel to Forest City, Iowa to play a pair of opponents from the Midwest Collegiate Conference. DSU plays the host-team Waldorf (6-23) at 2 p.m., followed by AIB College of Business (1-13) at 4 p.m. Matches will be played at Hanson Fieldhouse.
LAST TIME OUT: Dakota State splits a pair of matches last week. The Trojans were held to .069 hitting percentage in 3-0 loss (18-25, 17-25 and 24-26) at Briar Cliff on Oct. 4. DSU bounced back in the winning column as they defeated NCAA Division II University of Sioux Falls 3-1 (18-25, 25-22, 25-19 and 25-23) on Oct. 7 at DSU Fieldhouse. Stephanie Kruggel had 18 kills for the Trojans. Mandi Atkins added four service aces and Lauren LaBar had three blocks in DSU's win.
DIG PINK: October is the Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Wear your pink clothing to the match to help raise cancer awareness. The Trojan student-athletes will be playing in honor of those people who are affected or survived from cancer.
LAST MEETING: University of Minnesota-Morris won the last meeting with Dakota State in 2004. The Cougars swept the Trojans in three straight sets at DSU Fieldhouse. DSU defeated Waldorf in both teams' last meeting on Sept. 4, 2009 as part of the University of Sioux Falls Tournament. The Trojans won in four sets by the scores of 25-16, 23-25, 25-20 and 25-22. This Saturday afternoon will mark the first meeting between Dakota State and AIB College of Business. The Eagles (from Des Moines, Iowa) entered their first year membership of the Midwest Collegiate Conference this year.
DSU NEAR PEFECT AT HOME: After DSU's impressive win over their in-state rival University of Sioux Falls on Oct. 7, the Trojans raised their home record to 5-1. DSU suffered its only setback to NCAA Division II South Dakota Mines in four sets (19-25, 25-21, 20-25 and 23-25) on Sept. 23.
NATIONAL RANKINGS: According to DakStats-NAIA statistical website as of Oct. 10, Stacey Schuller ranks 20th in the nation in total assists (798). Kristen DiPaola is 22nd in the nation in total kills with 294. Stephanie Kruggel records 287 kills this season, which is 28th in the nation.
COACHES' CORNER: Amy Veenhof enters her third season as head coach at Dakota State. She has coached one all-conference player and five NAIA Academic All-American scholar-athletes. Jessica VanLoy is in her first season as an assistant coach. She will guide the Trojans' junior varsity volleyball program this fall. Becky Smith is in her first year as a student assistant coach.
LIVE STATS: Live stats and play-by-play will be available in all Dakota State's home games. The live stats are available on game day on www.dsuathletics.com under 'Live Games' above the 'Upcoming Events.'
WATCH IT: All Dakota State home volleyball matches will be webcast live and free of charge. Fans wanting to follow the action can go to the following link: www.streaming.dsu.edu/Athletics-Live.
UP NEXT: Dakota State returns home next week to play their final four home matches of the season. The Trojans host their in-state rival Dakota Wesleyan on Oct. 19 with a junior varsity match at 6 p.m. and varsity match at 7:30 p.m. DSU welcomes Midland on Oct. 21 and hosts a triangular with Oklahoma Wesleyan and Mayville State on Oct. 22.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director