September 9, 2013
THIS WEEK: The Dakota State University volleyball team (2-10 overall, 0-0 North Star Athletic Association conference record) looks to end their six-match losing streak with five matches this week. The Trojans play their first-ever NSAA conference match Tuesday evening at Presentation (S.D.) (5-3, 0-0 NSAA) in Aberdeen, S.D. There will be a junior varsity match at 6 p.m., followed by the varsity match at 7:30 p.m. at the Strode Center. DSU play their final tune-up tournament on Friday and Saturday as they compete in the 'Claws Out Challenge', hosted by Peru State (Neb.).
FIRST-EVER NSAA VOLLEYBALL MATCH: Dakota State and Presentation will play their first-ever North Star Athletic Association volleyball match on Tuesday night. It's the first match in the NSAA conference, while Jamestown (N.D.) visits Valley City State (N.D.) for a NSAA Conference match on Wednesday evening. NSAA is the newly-formed NAIA conference established last April at the NAIA National Convention. The five charter members formed the NSAA are: Dakota State, Jamestown, Mayville State (N.D.), Presentation and Valley City State. Dickinson State will be joining the NSAA conference in 2014-15 academic year.
CLAWS OUT CHALLENGE: Peru State (Neb.) will be hosting the two-day 'Claws Out Challenge' event for the first time this weekend. Nine teams from around the region will be competing including Grace (Neb.), Friends (Kan.), Mayville State (N.D.), Valley City State (N.D.), Saint Mary (Neb.), AIB (Iowa), Dakota State (S.D.) and Mount Marty (S.D.). The Trojans will play Grace at 4:30 p.m. and Peru State (7-6) at 8:30 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, DSU plays Friends (3-2) at 10:30 a.m. and Mount Marty (4-5) at 4:30 p.m.
LAST MEETING: Dakota State swept the season series with Presentation last season. The Trojans swept the Saints in three straight sets by the scores of 25-15, 25-23 and 25-16 at the Strode Center on Sept. 11, 2012. DSU defeated PC 3-1 at the DSU Fieldhouse on Oct. 16, 2012 (25-15, 22-25, 25-17 and 25-12). Dakota State will be playing Grace and Friends for the first time in volleyball meeting history. DSU won the last meeting with Peru State as part of a triangular at DSU Fieldhouse on Sept. 1, 2012. The Trojans defeated the Bobcats in a five-set thriller by the scores of 25-21, 22-25, 25-20, 20-25 and 17-15. Mount Marty ended DSU's eight-match winning streak in the series meeting on Sept. 4 in Yankton, S.D. The Lancers won in four sets—20-25, 25-13, 25-20 and 25-16.
LAST TIME OUT: The Trojans dropped a four-set contest in Yankton, S.D. against in-state rival Mount Marty. Dakota State went 0-4 in the Hastings Classic that featured four Nebraska schools. The Trojans lost to host-team Hastings (Neb.), Concordia (Neb.), Doane (Neb.) and No. 12 Bellevue (Neb.) in three straight sets. Presentation went 2-1 last week at home, defeating Mount Marty in a five-set thriller and Dickinson State (N.D.) in three straight sets.
TEAM LEADERS: Caitlin Pick leads the Trojans' offense with 74 kills (1.9 kills per set). Stacey Schuller produces 196 set assists this season (5.0 assists per set). Katherine Gonzalez records 152 digs for the Trojans (4.5 digs per set). Brittany Anders leads the team with 12 blocks (0.4 blocks per set). Kelci Viesselman records 10 service aces, averaging 0.3 aces per set.
RECORD WATCH: Stacey Schuller, a junior setter from Jackson, Minn., accumulated a total of 2638 set assists in her career at Dakota State. She is currently third in the Trojan Volleyball school record book for most career assists. Jill Weisser currently holds the school record with 3150 career assists from 2000-04. Katalin Varga is second in the record book with 2904 assists from 1994-98.
HOME SWEET HOME: Dakota State will return home next week to kick off their five-match home stand at the DSU Fieldhouse. The Trojans play their first-ever NSAA conference home match on Friday, Sept. 20 against Mayville State at 7 p.m. There will be a junior varsity action at 5 p.m. On Sept. 21, DSU welcomes the league's favorite Jamestown with the junior varsity match at 1:30 p.m. and varsity match to follow at 3:30 p.m. The Trojans' five-match home stand concludes on Oct. 9 against Valley City State in a NSAA conference match.
HOMECOMING MATCH: The Trojans will have a home match during the Trojan Homecoming week. DSU hosts Saint Mary (Neb.) on Thursday, Sept. 26. First-serve from the DSU Fieldhouse is set for 7 p.m.
MARTIN NAMED TO CORN PALACE ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) announced its Corn Palace Classic All-Tournament Team on Sept. 4. Kylie Martin was selected to the all-tournament team. Martin, 5-foot-9-inch freshman middle blocker/outside hitter, accumulated a total of 40 kills during the two-day classic. She averaged 2.7 kills pet set and recorded a hitting percentage of .287. Martin had a solo block and seven block assists in four matches at the Corn Palace Classic.
COACHES' CORNER: Amy Veenhof enters her fifth season as head coach at Dakota State. She has coached three all-conference players and seven NAIA Academic All-American scholar athletes. Her teams had been named to NAIA Scholar Team three times. Megan Kusler is in her second season as an assistant coach. Tom Mettler enters his first year as a student assistant coach.
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Dakota State volleyball and athletics all season long at www.dsuathletics.com. The Trojans are also on Twitter; just log onto www.twitter.com/GoDaSUAthletics. The Dakota State University Athletics can be found on Facebook on https://www.facebook.com/DSUTrojanAthletics.
LISTEN LIVE: Presentation will be providing a live audio of the first-ever NSAA volleyball match between DSU-PC on Tuesday evening. The match will be streamed live on 107.7 KABD FM radio. You can also go to www.dakotabroadcasting.com and click on the 107.7 live-stream link. The link also will be available on www.dsuathletics.com on the 'Live Games' tab above the 'Upcoming Events.'
UP NEXT: Dakota State kicks off their five-match home stand at the DSU Fieldhouse. The Trojans welcome Mayville State in a NSAA volleyball conference match on Friday, Sept. 20. There will be a junior varsity match at 5 p.m. with the varsity match to follow at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 21, Dakota State plays another NSAA conference foe, the preseason's league favorite Jamestown. First serve for the junior varsity match is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. with the varsity match to start at 3:30 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director