THIS WEEK: The Trojan Volleyball team (3-6 overall) looks to extend their winning streak this week. The Trojans play five matches this week, including DSU's home opener. The Trojans host their in-state rival Mount Marty on Wednesday night. On Friday and Saturday, DSU will play four matches in the Hastings Quality Inn Classic versus Southern Nazarene (Okla.), Hastings, McPherson (Kan.) and nationally-ranked Doane.
MATCH TIMES: DSU's home opener on Wednesday night will start with a junior varsity match at 6 p.m. with the varsity match to follow at approximately 7:30 p.m. The Trojans kick-off the Hastings Quality Inn Classic on Friday with two matches starting at 1 p.m. versus Southern Nazarene and Hastings at 5 p.m. On Saturday, DSU plays McPherson at 11 a.m. and concludes the classic at 3 p.m. against Doane. All times are central.
LAST MEETING: Dakota State had won the last four meetings with Mount Marty, including a season series sweep last season. The last time Lancers defeated the Trojans was on Sept. 5, 2008 in the University of Sioux Falls Classic. DSU and Southern Nazarene will meet for the first time in team history on Friday afternoon. The Trojans met with McPherson on Sept. 12, 2009 as part of the Hastings annual classic. DSU went on to swept the Bulldogs in three straight sets (25-17, 25-21 and 25-20). Doane won the last meeting on Sept. 12, 2009 in the Hastings Classic. The Tigers defeated Dakota State in four sets by the scores of 25-13, 25-12, 16-25 and 25-19.
NAIA NATIONAL VOLLEYBALL POLL: In the first NAIA Volleyball National Top 25 Poll released Tuesday (today), Doane moved up one spot from No. 12 to No. 11. Dakota State is not ranked.
HONORING ENGEL: In Trojans' home opener on Wednesday night, the Dakota State University volleyball team will be honoring their teammate Ashley Engel. Prior to the varsity match, the DSU volleyball team will remember Engel who was in a boating accident on July 18 and passed away. Engel transferred to DSU last spring semester and became an integral part of the Trojan volleyball team. She coached the Madison Area Junior Olympic 12-and-under volleyball team. She also assisted with DSU volleyball summer camps.
WEAR PURPLE OR PINK: Fans and supporters are encouraged to wear purple or pink clothing to the match on Wednesday night in honor of Engel's favorite colors. There will be pink and purple bracelets on sale for one dollar each to support the Engel family. Ashley's sister, Allison (12-year-old), will be doing the first serve of the varsity match.
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 season as a student assistant coach.
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Dakota State University volleyball and athletics all season long at www.dsuathletics.com.
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 'Upcoming Events.'
WATCH IT: All Dakota State home volleyball matches will be webcast live and free of charge (http://streaming.dsu.edu/Athletics-Live). Fans wanting to follow the action can go to the following link: www.dsuathletics.com.
UP NEXT: On Sept. 14, Dakota State travels to Aberdeen, S.D. to take on Presentation College. First serve is set for 7 p.m. The Trojans return home on Sept. 16. DSU welcomes Briar Cliff of the Great Plains Athletic Conference with the match starting at 7:30 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director