September 13, 2013
PERU, Neb. – Dakota State won their second straight match Friday afternoon to kick off the Claws Out Challenge at PSC Fieldhouse. DSU defeated Grace (Neb.) in four sets, but dropped a 3-0 contest against host-team Peru State (Neb.) in the nightcap to earn a split on the first day of the classic.
Dakota State's overall record currently stands at 4-11.
Dakota State (S.D.) 3, Grace (Neb.) 1
Dakota State opened the first set with a narrow 26-24 victory to gain a 1-0 match lead.
The Royals won the second set by the score of 25-22 to tie the match at 1-1.
The Trojans answered back and won the final two sets of the match by the scores of 25-16 and 25-14.
Three DSU hitters recorded in double digits. Caitlin Pick smashed a career-high 18 kills and recorded a hitting percentage of .364. Kelci Viesselman had a double-double of 10 kills and 13 digs. Kylie Martin added 10 kills. Stacey Schuller produced 37 set assists.
Schuller had four service aces for the Trojans. Allison Thielsen added three service aces.
Katherine Gonzalez led DSU's defense with 29 digs. Thielsen had 16 digs.
Martin had 2.5 blocks – a solo block and three block assists in the match for Dakota State. Pick had three block assists (1.5 total blocks).
DSU recorded 48 kills in the match. The Trojans had 10 service aces and 81 digs.
No statistics were available for Grace.
Peru State (Neb.) 3, Dakota State (S.D.) 0
The Trojans could not make it three straight wins as they were swept by host-team Peru State. The Bobcats defeated DSU in three straight sets by the scores of 25-12, 25-20 and 25-16.
Pick had seven kills for the Trojans. Haley Hillestad added four kills. Schuller recorded 15 assists.
Gonzalez had 15 digs for DSU. Martin and Chelsey Davis each added seven digs.
Pick had a solo block and four block assists (3 total blocks) for the Trojans. Tessa Weeldreyer added two block assists.
Bre Brandt led the Bobcats with 10 kills. Madison Sutton added nine kills. Hope Harsh had 19 assists. Courtney Jurek added 17 assists.
Mallory Hull recorded 15 digs for Peru State. Jurek and Angie Bowens each had eight digs.
PSC outhit the Trojans 47-20. The Bobcats had a hitting efficiency of .312 compared to DSU .071.
DSU had seven blocks, while Peru State had six blocks. The Bobcats had seven service aces. DSU recorded two service aces.
Dakota State concludes the Claws Out Challenge with two matches on Saturday. The Trojans play Friends (Kan.) at 10:30 a.m. and finish the tournament with a match against in-state rival Mount Marty at 4:30 p.m. All matches will be at the PSC Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director