October 3, 2013
MADISON, S.D. – Despite posting season team highs in kills, set assists and blocks Thursday night at DSU Fieldhouse, Dakota State dropped a five-set thriller versus in-state rival Mount Marty. The Lancers won by the scores of 13-25, 25-20, 23-25, 30-28 and 15-9 and earned a season series sweep over the Trojans.
Dakota State, which played their first five-setter match this season, slipped their overall record to 5-17. Mount Marty, member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference, raised their overall record to 10-11.
The Trojans stormed the Lancers in the opening set by hitting .481 (15 kills with 2 errors in 27 attempts). DSU held MMC to .074 hitting efficiency to earn a 25-13 first set victory. Dakota State opened the first set with a 7-1 lead and never looked back.
With DSU leading at 11-9 in the second set, the Lancers went on a 5-0 scoring run to grab a 14-12 lead. At 15-14, the Lancers scored six straight points to extend their lead to 21-14. The Trojans could get no closer than five points as MMC sealed the second set with a 25-20 victory and knotted the match at 1-1. Both teams struggling in hitting percentage as the Lancers recorded a .053 hitting percentage compared to the Trojans' negative .062.
Trailing 20-18 in the third set, DSU used a 4-0 scoring spurt to regain their lead at 22-20. The Lancers responded back and tied the third set at 23-23. The Trojans sealed the third set by scoring the final two points (25-23) – an attack error by the Lancers and a kill by Kylie Martin – to give DSU a 2-1 match lead. Both teams had 14 kills in the third set, but the Trojans hit better with a hitting percentage of .220 to Lancers' .068.
Dakota State raced to a 7-3 lead in the fourth set. The Lancers answered back with an 8-4 run to tie at 12-12. At 28-28, Mount Marty forced the fifth and deciding set by scoring the final two points of the fourth set at 30-28. The Trojans outhit MMC 21-14 in the second set, but committed 10 attack errors. DSU's 21-hit in a set is the season high in any set this season.
At 11-9 in the deciding set, the Lancers scored four straight points to secure the match victory. MMC hit .273 in the fifth set (9 kills with 3 errors in 22 attempts), while DSU struggled with a hitting efficiency of .048 (4 kills with 3 attempts in 21 attempts).
A total of 49 ties were recorded in the match – 23 ties in the fourth set.
Four DSU players posted double-digits kills in the match. Caitlin Pick recorded her fifth double-digits – her second consecutive match – in kills this season. She smashed 17 kills with a hitting percentage of .326. Brittney Anderson added 14 kills. Martin and Kelci Viesselman each added 10 kills.
Stacey Schuller produced a double-double of 50 set assists (match-high and season-high) and 15 digs for the Trojans. Martin also added a double-double as she recorded 10 digs.
Katherine Gonzalez led the Trojans' defense with 24 digs. Allison Thielsen added 11 digs. Tessa Weeldryer recorded a season-high four blocks (2 block solos and 4 block assists). Pick added three block assists.
Martin had three service aces for DSU.
Allison Cross had 19 kills for Mount Marty. Bailey Kuchta added a double-double of 10 kills and 15 digs.
Amber Dythse recorded 37 set assists and 9 kills for the Lancers.
Courtney Miller had 21 digs for MMC. Dythese added 15 digs. Kristie Tessmer had 10 digs.
Lexie Branson led the Lancers' with five block assists (2.5 total blocks). Dythse and Cross each added four block assists (2 total blocks).
Dakota State posted season highs with 61 kills, 55 set assists and 9 blocks (2 solo blocks and 14 block assists) in the match. Mount Marty had 55 kills, 39 assists and 10 blocks (20 block assists).
The Trojans outhit the Lancers .189 to .139. MMC recorded 32 attack errors compared to the Trojans' 29 attack errors.
DSU struggled from the serving line, committing 18 service errors in the match for a service percentage of .833. The Lancers had a service percentage of .914 and recorded nine service errors.
MMC had 77 digs compared to DSU 71 digs.
Mount Marty won the junior varsity match thriller by the scores of 2-1 with each set decided by two points (26-24, 25-27 and 16-14).
Dakota State concludes their five-match home stand on Wednesday night. The Trojans are seeking for their first home victory as they return back to North Star Athletic Association conference match. DSU kicks off the second-half portion of the NSAA conference schedule, hosting Valley City State (N.D.). First serve from the DSU Fieldhouse is slated for 7 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director