MADISON, S.D. - The Dakota State University volleyball team returned home Friday night to conclude their regular season with three-match home stand. Dickinson State swept the Trojans 25-15, 26-24 and 25-15 at the DSU Fieldhouse.
The Trojans suffered their third straight match loss and dropped their overall record to 11-19. Dakota State dipped their DAC conference record to 4-8. Dickinson State won their 11th straight match and raised their overall record to 17-12 and 11-1 in the DAC.
Dakota State held a brief 2-0 lead to open the match. The Blue Hawks scored eight straight points to grab an 8-2 lead. The Trojans cut the deficit to 10-8, but the Blue Hawks closed the first set with a 15-7 run.
With Dickinson State leading 16-14 in the second set, the Trojans scored five straight points to grab a 19-16 lead. The Trojans had a 24-23 lead, but the Blue Hawks scored the final three points to secure a 26-24 second set win.
Dickinson State raced to a 17-6 lead in the third set. The Blue Hawks eventually went on to secure the match win with a 25-15 third set victory.
Mandy Baxa led the Trojans with 10 kills and a killing efficiency of .529. Erica Gall added six kills. Stephanie Kruggel recorded five kills. Mollie Merriam had a double-double of 23 set assists and 10 digs.
Katie Green led Dakota State with 21 digs. Ashley Schulte had three block assists.
For Dickinson State, Courtnie Trustem, Crystal Franklin and Ruth Johnson each had seven kills. Karen Almedia and Iva Cepic each added five kills. Whitley Abrahamson produced 15 assists. Kristina Eric added 14 assists.
Rebecca Johnson had 24 digs for the Blue Hawks. Brittney Keele recorded five service aces, including four straight aces in the first set. Franklin had five block assists.
Dakota State committed 21 attack errors in the match compared to the Blue Hawks' 11 attack errors. Dickinson State outhit the Trojans 37-31 and .260-.093. The Blue Hawks recorded 8.5 team blocks compared to the Trojans' 4.5 team blocks.
Dakota State looks to bounce back in the winning column as they host Minot State Saturday afternoon. First serve is slated for 3 p.m. at the DSU Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director