September 10, 2013
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) traveled to Presentation (S.D.) Tuesday evening to battle in the first-ever North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) volleyball conference match at the Strode Center. The Trojans recorded a hitting percentage of .203 and swept the Saints in three straight sets by the scores of 25-17, 25-21 and 25-22.
Dakota State snapped their six-match losing streak and improved their overall record to 3-10 after their first NSAA conference victory. Presentation, which entered their first year membership with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and NSAA conference, dropped their overall record to 5-4 and 0-1 NSAA.
The Trojans rolled in the opening set by smashing 16 kills with a killing percentage of .351 to earn a 25-17 victory. Presentation struggled by recording seven kills and hitting efficiency of .081.
DSU extended their match lead to 2-0 after gaining a 25-21 second-set win.
Dakota State secured the match by winning the third set by the score of 25-22. The Trojans outhit the Saints 14-10 in the third set. PC committed 10 attack errors, while DSU hit .195 in the third set.
Kylie Martin smashed 11 kills for the Trojans. She hit an impressive hitting percentage of .348 in the match. Caitlin Pick and Kelci Viesselman each had eight kills. Stacey Schuller produced a match-high 21 set assists. Kaylee Vander Wal added 16 assists.
Katherine Gonzalez led DSU's defense with 19 digs. She recorded three service aces in the match. Viesselman added 11 digs. Brittany Anderson had two block assists.
Megan Goedert had 11 kills for the Saints. Karly Fuhrman added eight kills. Mo Bunney recorded 14 assists, while Carly Peterson added nine assists.
Haley Boisjolie, first NSAA Libero Player of the Week, led the Saints with 15 digs. Bunney and Fuhrman each had three block assists.
Dakota State outhit Presentation 40-28 in the match. The Trojans recorded a hitting percentage of .203. The Saints struggled with a hitting efficiency of .085.
DSU had seven service aces in the match compared to PC four service aces. The Trojans had 62 digs compared to the Saints' 58 digs.
Both teams had three blocks.
Dakota State plays their final preseason tune-up this weekend. The Trojans compete in the two-day 'Claws Out Challenge' tournament, hosted by Peru State (Neb.) in Peru, Neb. DSU plays Grace (Neb.) at 4:30 p.m. and Peru State at 8:30 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, the Trojans play Friends (Kan.) at 10:30 a.m. and Mount Marty (S.D.) at 4:30 p.m.
Presentation heads on the road Saturday. The Saints play in a triangular, hosted by Concordia (Neb.) in Seward. PC plays Concordia at 10 a.m. and the University of Dallas-Irving at 12 noon.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director