September 30, 2013
THIS WEEK: The Dakota State University volleyball team (5-16 overall record) looks to bounce back in the winning column Thursday night as the Trojans continue their current five-match home stand. The Trojans welcome their in-state rival Mount Marty (S.D.0 (9-10) of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC). There will be a junior varsity match at 6 p.m. with the varsity match to follow at 7:30 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse. DSU's fans are encouraged to wear farm clothing as part of Farmer's night theme.
SEEKING FIRST HOME VICTORY: Dakota State is seeking for this first home victory this season. The Trojans are currently winless in four matches this season. DSU is currently on a five-match home stand and lost the first three matches, including two to the top two teams in the North Star Athletic Association conference. Dakota State concludes their five-match home stand versus Valley City State in NSAA conference match on Wednesday, Oct. 9.
LAST MEETING: Mount Marty won the last two meetings with Dakota State this season. In the first meeting on Sept. 4, the Lancers ended Trojans' eight-match winning streak in the series meeting with a four-set victory in Yankton, S.D. After dropping the first set 25-20, Mount Marty won the next three sets by the scores of 25-13, 25-20 and 25-16. The Lancers outhit the Trojans 58-34 in the match. Mount Marty won the second straight meeting over the Trojans with a three straight sets sweep in the Claws Out Challenge, hosted by Peru State (Neb.), on Sept. 14. MMC won by the scores of 25-16, 25-21 and 25-14.
LAST TIME OUT: Dakota State dropped their homecoming volleyball match on Sept. 26 to Saint Mary (Neb.). The Trojans won the opening set at home for the first time this season with the score of 25-18, but fell short in the next three sets. The Flames won 25-19 (second set) and 25-17 (third set) before holding off DSU's rally in the fourth set by the score of 25-23. Mount Marty went 1-2 last week, losing to Briar Cliff (Iowa) and Doane (Neb.) in GPAC conference play. The Lancers lost in four sets to the Chargers 25-17, 23-25, 25-21 and 25-16 on Sept. 24, but bounced back in the winning column on Sept. 27 at York (Neb.) 3-1 (25-23, 21-25, 25-7 and 25-23). MMC dropped a five-set thriller at Doane (Neb.) on Sept. 28 (26-24, 19-25, 16-25, 25-11 and 15-10).
DSU KICKS OFF SECOND-HALF NSAA CONFERENCE: The Trojans kick off their second-half of the North Star Athletic Association's conference schedule on Oct. 9. Dakota State finished the first-half with a 2-2 NSAA conference record and is currently third in the standings. DSU continues their conference schedule with a weekend trip to North Dakota, traveling to Mayville on Oct. 11 and Jamestown on Oct. 12. The Trojans conclude their NSAA second-half schedule with a home conference match versus Presentation (S.D.) on Oct. 16. There will be a conference postseason tournament, which is slated to kick off on Nov. 2 and continues with the championship match on Nov. 9 at the highest remaining seed.
DSU VS. GPAC OPPONENTS: Dakota State had played eight matches against members of the Great Plains Athletic Conference in the first 21 matches this season. The Trojans are 1-8 versus the GPAC, including a victory at long-time rival Dakota Wesleyan in four sets at the Corn Palace Classic on Oct. 31 in Mitchell, S.D. The Trojans defeated the Tigers by the scores of 25-15, 26-24, 11-25 and 25-8. The eight points in the fourth set is the lowest point allowed by DSU.
TROJANS' DEFENSE RANKS NATIONALLY: DSU accumulated a total of 1134 through 21 matches this season, which ranks 47th in the nation for total digs. The Trojans are 50th in the nation in digs per set with an average of 16.4 digs. Katherine Gonzalez is 42nd in the nation in digs per set with an average of 4.9 digs.
REGIONALLY SPEAKING: There is no change in the latest North Star Athletic Association weekly rankings, released on Sept. 30. Jamestown (N.D.) remains atop in the rankings with a 15-5 overall record. Mayville State (N.D.) is second with 10-12 record, followed by Dakota State (S.D.) third (5-16 overall record). Valley City State (N.D.) is fourth (10-14 record) and Presentation fifth (6-9 record). The weekly rankings are released on every Mondays. The weekly rankings are used to determine the NAIA Volleyball National Top 25 poll, which is announced on Tuesday afternoons.
TEAM LEADERS: Caitlin Pick leads Dakota State's offense with 151 kills and averages 2.2 kills per set. She also leads the team in total blocks with 28 (0.4 blocks per set). Kelci Viesselman records 15 service aces this season (0.2 service aces per set). Stacey Schuller produces 369 set assists and averages 5.4 assists pet set.
SCHULLER PASSES 2800 CAREER ASSISTS: Junior setter Stacey Schuller had eclipsed 2,800 career set assists after recording 33 assists in a 3-1 home loss to Saint Mary on Sept. 26. Currently, she have 2809 career assists, which is third in the Trojan Volleyball record book for most career assists. Katalin Varga is second in the DSU volleyball record book with 2904 career assists from 1994-98. Jill Weisser still holds the DSU school record for most career assists of 3150 when she played from 2000-04.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Three different Trojan volleyball players had posted double-doubles this season. Stacey Schuller recorded four double-doubles, including the most recent match with 33 assists and 11 digs on Sept. 26 versus Saint Mary (Neb.). Schuller added double-doubles versus Clarke (Iowa) on Aug. 30 (22 assists and 11 digs), versus Saint Mary on Aug. 31 (32 assists and 15 digs) and at Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) on Aug. 31 (35 assists and 12 digs). Kylie Martin posted two consecutive double-doubles in the Corn Palace on Aug. 31. She recorded 12 kills and 13 digs versus Saint Mary and 10 kills and 10 digs at Dakota Wesleyan. Kelci Viesselman had a double-double versus Grace (Neb.) in the Claws Out Challenge on Sept. 13 in Peru, Neb. She smashed 10 kills and recorded 13 digs.
TROJAN JUNIOR VARSITY UPDATE: The Dakota State junior varsity volleyball team have five remaining matches on their 2013 schedule. The Trojans host Mount Marty (S.D.) on Thursday before heading on the road for three straight matches. DSU will play at Mayville State (N.D.) on Oct. 11 and Jamestown (N.D.) on Oct. 12. Dakota State plays their last road match at Concordia (Neb.) on Oct. 18. The Trojans play their final home junior varsity match on Oct. 23 against rival Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.). DSU's junior varsity volleyball team is 5-5 overall record and 1-1 in North Star Athletic Association conference play.
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.
WATCH & LISTEN: Dakota State will be carrying a live video and audio broadcast of the volleyball varsity match versus Mount Marty (S.D.). Go to http://streaming.dsu.edu/Athletics-Live to watch the match. Jon Hunter, the Voice of the Trojans, will do the audio broadcast for DSU Athletics home events this season. The links also will be available on www.dsuathletics.com on the 'Live Games' tab above the 'Upcoming Events.'
LIVE STATS/PLAY-BY-PLAY: Dakota State will be providing the live stats/play-by-play in volleyball this week. Go to http://www.dakstats.com/WebSync/Pages/Team/TeamSchedule.aspx?association=10&sg=WVB&sea=NAIWVB_2013&team=1962 and click on the letter 'W'. The link also will be available on www.dsuathletics.com on the 'Live Games' tab above the 'Upcoming Events.'
UP NEXT: Dakota State concludes their five-match home stand next Wednesday (Oct. 9). The Trojans kick off their NSAA's conference second-half schedule versus Valley City State (N.D.) at DSU Fieldhouse. First serve is set for 7 p.m. The Trojans continues their NSAA conference play on the road on Oct. 11 at Mayville State (N.D.) at 7 p.m. and Oct. 12 at Jamestown (N.D.) at 7 p.m. There will be a junior varsity match prior to the varsity match at Mayville State and Jamestown. Both junior varsity matches are slated to start at 5 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director