September 26, 2013
MADISON, S.D. – Seeking for their first home volleyball victory Thursday evening at DSU Fieldhouse, Dakota State jumped to a 1-0 match lead (25-18) in their homecoming volleyball match versus Saint Mary (Neb.). The Flames rallied back and held on to win the last three sets by the scores of 25-19, 25-17 and 25-23 to earn a 3-1 victory over DSU.
Dakota State lost their third straight match and dropped their overall record to 5-16. Saint Mary, member of the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference, won their third straight match to raise their record to 12-8.
The Trojans and Flames opened the first set with nine ties and four lead changes. Leading 13-11, Dakota State went on a 6-1 scoring tear to earn the largest lead of the first set at 19-12 before the Flames called a timeout. The Trojans closed the first set with a 25-18 victory to earn a 1-0 match lead. CSM was held to a dismal .075 hitting percentage (11 kills with 8 errors in 40 attempts) compared DSU .211 hitting percentage (13 kills with 5 errors in 38 attempts.
Trailing 13-11 in the second set, the Flames used a 7-1 scoring spurt – including five straight points – to gain an 18-14 lead. CSM was able to close out the set by recording a 25-19 victory to even the match at 1-1. The Flames committed just two attack errors in the second set for a killing percentage of .429 (17 kills with 2 errors in 35 attempts). DSU had 15 kills with 5 errors in 45 attempts for a hitting efficiency of .222.
With a four-point CSM lead in the third set at 15-11, the Flames outscored DSU 10-6 to win by the score of 25-17 and extended their match lead to 2-1. Saint Mary outhit the Trojans 16-9 in the third set.
As the Trojans trail 12-9 in the fourth set, DSU took advantage of four errors – three by attack errors – by the Flames and a kill by Kylie Martin to give Trojans a 14-12 advantage over CSM. Both teams battled back-and-forth with 17 ties recorded in the fourth set. At 23-23, Saint Mary closed out the match with a kill by Mallory Babic and an attack error by DSU Kelci Viesselman to gain a 25-23 victory and a 3-1 match win.
Katherine Gonzalez led DSU's defense with 22 digs. She had two service aces.
Pick, Schuller, Martin, and Viesselman each had a service ace for Dakota State. Pick and Haley Hillestad each had three block assists (1.5 total blocks).
Four CSM players recorded double digits in kills. Aysha Janssen and Babic each had 16 kills. Jamie Carlson added 11 kills. Lindsay Fiegenschuh had 10 kills. Shelby Easley recorded a match-high 52 assists and recorded 11 digs..
Baylee Collins had 27 digs for the Flames. Babic added 26 digs. Paige Indra had 13 digs.
Claire Thoeming had three block assists for CSM.
The Flames outhit the Trojans 59-49 in the match. Saint Mary hit .234 (59 kills with 22 errors in 158 attempts) compared to the Trojans' .189 (49 kills with 19 errors and 159 attempts).
DSU had six service aces in the match, but committed 10 service errors for a service percentage of .882. Saint Mary recorded three service aces and four service errors with a service percentage of .957.
The Flames had 19 more digs than DSU, 89-70.
The Trojans had six blocks, while CSM had five blocks.
Both teams will meet for the third time this season on Oct. 19 in Omaha, Neb. The Flames won the previous meeting in four sets at the Corn Palace Classic in Mitchell, S.D. on Aug. 31.
Dakota State continues their current five-match home stand next Thursday (Oct. 3). The Trojans look for their first home victory as they host in-state rival Mount Marty. There will be a junior varsity match at 6 p.m., followed by the varsity match at 7:30 p.m. at the DSU Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director