YANKTON, S.D. - Dakota State fell to a 0-2 deficit to Mount Marty in volleyball action at Cimpl Arena Tuesday night. DSU's Kristen DiPaola took over in a record-breaking performance and helped DSU rally back for a five-set thriller win to gain a season series sweep over the Lancers.
Dakota State won their third straight match to improve their overall record to 7-10. The Trojans had won six straight meetings with Mount Marty. The Lancers suffered their fifth straight defeat and dropped their record to 4-11.
The Trojans struggled in the first two sets as Mount Marty gained control with a 2-0 match lead. The Lancers won the first set by the score of 25-17 and 25-19 in the second set.
DSU answered back by winning the next two sets to force a deciding fifth set. The Trojans prevailed in the third set (25-15) and fourth set (25-17).
Dakota State won the fifth and deciding set by the score of 15-10.
DiPaola recorded a match-high 31 kills for the Trojans, which is a new DSU school record for most kills in a match. Stephanie Kruggel added 13 kills. Stacey Schuller contributed 52 set assists.
DiPaola led DSU's defense with 17 digs and three block assists. Lauren LaBar added 15 digs. Katie Green had 12 digs.
Mandi Atkins, DiPaola and Schuller each had two service aces.
For Mount Marty, Carlie Lambert had 12 kills. Amanda Dirksen and Emily Anderson each had eight kills. Caitlyn Illg had 27 assists.
Dirksen had 18 digs for the Lancers. Illg added 13 digs. Jena Peters had three solo blocks and three block assists.
Jen Jerdee had five service aces for Mount Marty. Lambert added three aces.
DSU outhit Mount Marty 58-44 and .318-.176. The Trojans had 54 assists compared to the Lancers' 27.
MMC's serving recorded 12 service aces, while DSU had seven. The Trojans struggled at the serving line, committing 16 errors compared to the Lancers' 10.
Mount Marty had 10 blocks compared to the Trojans' four.
Dakota State returns home this weekend to start their three-match home stand. The Trojans face two former Dakota Athletic Conference foes, starting with NCAA Division II South Dakota Mines on Friday night at 7 p.m. DSU welcomes Valley City State in a homecoming match on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. All matches are held at DSU Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director