SIOUX CITY, Iowa - The Dakota State University volleyball team continue their action on the road Wednesday night at RVSC-Allee Gym. The Trojans faced their first opponent from the Great Plains Athletic Conference, Morningside College. The Mustangs swept the Trojans 3-0.
Dakota State suffered their second straight loss and dropped their overall record to 1-4. Morningside remained undefeated in five matches.
There were seven ties and five lead changes in the first set. DSU could not finish the first set as the Mustangs secured a two-point victory, 25-23.
With the score tied at 8-8 in the second set, MC used a 9-1 scoring run to take a 17-9 lead. The Trojans were unable to rally back late in the second set as Mustangs scored a 25-20 win for a 2-0 match lead.
Morningside rushed to a 13-3 lead in the third set and closed the match with a 25-14 win.
Lauren LaBar recorded a match-high 15 kills for the Trojans. She had a killing efficiency of .379. Stephanie Kruggel and Kristen DiPaola each added seven kills. Stacey Schuller produced 26 set assists.
Katie Green had 13 digs for DSU. Kruggel and DiPaola each added 10 digs. Taylor Mosco had five block assists.
For Morningside, Maggie Vondrak had eight kills. Anastasia Ott and Riley Callan each added seven kills. Monica Iverson contributed 23 assists and recorded three service aces.
Darcy Christensen led the Mustangs' defense with 13 digs.
Dakota State had one more kill than Morningside in the match 35-34. The Trojans committed 22 attack errors compared to the Mustangs' 12.
DSU suffered 12 service errors in the match, while MC had six.
The Trojans look to snap their losing streak as they head to Mitchell, S.D. this weekend. DSU will begin their first day of the two-day Corn Palace Classic on Friday afternoon against Montana State-Northern at 2 p.m. The Trojans will face their former Dakota Athletic Conference foe, Valley City State, in a nightcap at 6 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director