October 7, 2013
THIS WEEK: The Dakota State University (5-17 overall record, 2-2 North Star conference record) returns back to North Star Athletic Association conference action this week. The Trojans conclude their five-match home stand Wednesday night (Neon Night is the theme for DSU volleyball home match) as they host Valley City State (N.D.) (10-17, 1-3 NSAA). First serve from the DSU Fieldhouse is set for 7 p.m. Dakota State heads to North Dakota this weekend to face the top two teams in the NSAA conference, visiting Mayville State (N.D.) (11-13, 3-1 NSAA) on Friday night at Lewy Lee Fieldhouse and Jamestown (N.D.) (17-6, 4-0 NSAA—receiving votes in the latest NAIA Volleyball national poll) on Saturday night at Hansen Center. There will be a junior varsity match at 5 p.m. with the varsity match to follow at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
NSAA VOLLEYBALL CONFERENCE KICKS OFF SECOND HALF: The second-half of the inaugural North Star Athletic Conference volleyball schedule kicks off on Tuesday night as Presentation (S.D.) heads to Mayville State. VCSU and DSU will begin their NSAA second-half schedule on Wednesday night at the DSU Fieldhouse. The Trojans stay busy with two NSAA conference matches this weekend in North Dakota. Dakota State concludes their NSAA conference regular-season schedule with a home match versus Presentation (S.D.) on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at DSU Fieldhouse. The first-ever NSAA volleyball postseason conference tournament takes place when No. 4 seed hosts No. 5 seed on Nov. 2, with the winner advancing to semifinals against No. 1 seed on Nov. 6. No. 3 seed will play at No. 2 seed in the other NSAA's volleyball semifinals. Semifinals winners advance to the first-ever NSAA Volleyball Postseason Conference Tournament's Championship match at the highest remaining seed on Nov. 9.
LAST MEETING: Dakota State snapped their losing drought playing at Valley City State in both teams' last meeting. The Trojans swept the Vikings on Sept. 18 in three straight sets (25-17, 27-25 and 25-18), ending their losing drought with the last victory at VCSU on Oct. 8, 2005. Mayville State handed DSU their first NSAA conference loss on Sept. 20 at DSU Fieldhouse by the scores of 25-16, 25-13 and 25-18. Jamestown won the last meeting on DSU's home court on Sept. 21. The Jimmies defeated the Trojans by the scores of 25-14, 25-19 and 25-17.
LAST TIME OUT: Mount Marty rallied back from 2-1 deficit to defeat Dakota State in Trojans' lone match of the week on Oct. 3. The Trojans dominated by winning the first set by the score of 25-13. The Lancers tied the match at 1-1 after winning the second set 25-20. DSU won the third set 25-23, but fell short in the fourth set by going to the distance 30-28. MMC won the fifth set 15-9 to earn a 3-2 victory over the Trojans. Valley City State lost three straight matches last week, including two matches in five sets. The Vikings dropped a five-set thriller at Bismarck State College (N.D.) on Oct. 1, 3-0 home loss to Briar Cliff (Iowa) on Oct. 4 and 3-2 neutral loss to Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) on Oct. 5 in Mayville, N.D. Mayville State went 1-1 for the week at their own home court. The Comets dropped a 3-1 contest (26-24, 27-29, 25-15 and 25-18) to future NSAA member Dickinson State (N.D.) on Oct. 1. MaSU bounced back in the winning column by sweeping Dakota Wesleyan in three straight sets on Oct. 5. Jamestown played three straight days at the Hansen Center last week. The Jimmies dropped a 3-2 thriller to NCAA Division II University of Sioux Falls on Oct. 3, but bounced back to defeat Presentation 3-0 on Oct. 4 and Briar Cliff (Iowa) 3-1 on Oct. 5.
SCHULLER EARNS NSAA SETTER OF THE WEEK: The North Star Athletic Association conference has selected Stacey Schuller of Dakota State as its volleyball's setter-of-the-week, announced on Oct. 7. She posted match– and season-high 50 set assists in DSU's five-set thriller home loss to in-state rival Mount Marty on Oct. 3. Schuller also added a double-double as she recorded 15 digs. She had a service ace and two block assists. Schuller averaged 10.0 set assists and 3.0 digs per set. She leads the team with 419 set assists (5.7 assists per set) this season for the Trojans. Schuller accumulated a total of 2,859 set assists in her two-and-half-years career at Dakota State. She ranks third in the DSU Volleyball school record book for most career assists, which Jill Weisser currently holds the DSU school record of 3,150 assists followed by Katalin Varga second with 2,904 assists.
PLAY DEFENSE: Katherine Gonzalez leads the North Star Athletic Association conference with 333 digs this season (4.9 digs per set). According to the NAIA-DakStats statistical website, Gonzalez ranks 38th in the nation in digs per set with an average of 4.9 digs. She posted her sixth straight double digits in digs after recording 24 digs in a five-set thriller loss on Oct. 3. Gonzalez had a season-high of 30 digs versus Saint Mary (Neb.) on Aug. 31 at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D.
TEAM LEADERS: Stacey Schuller leads the Trojans with 16 service aces (0.2 service aces per set) and 419 assists (5.7 assists per set) this season. Caitlin Pick records 168 kills this season and averages 2.3 kills per set. She accumulates 31 blocks (0.4 blocks per set) for the Trojans. Katherine Gonzalez leads the Trojans' defense with 333 digs (4.9 digs per set).
DOUBLE DIGITS ATTACKS: Caitlin Pick and Brittney Anderson produced double digits in kills in the last two home matches at the DSU Fieldhouse. Pick hit better than .300 in the last two matches as she smashed 17 kills (hitting percentage of .326) in 3-2 home loss to Mount Marty on Oct. 3 and 12 kills (hitting efficiency of .385) in 3-1 home loss to Saint Mary (Neb.) on Sept. 26. Pick had five double digits kills this season (10 versus Saint Mary, Neb. on Aug. 31; 11 at Dakota Wesleyan on Aug. 31 and 18 kills versus Grace, Neb. on Sept. 13). Anderson tallied 14 kills on Oct. 3 and 12 kills on Sept. 26. She recorded double digits kills in three matches this season (10 kills at Valley City State on Sept. 18). Kylie Martin recorded double digits kills six times this season for the Trojans.
DIG PINK NIGHT: Dakota State will have their annual 'Dig Pink' night on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at DSU Fieldhouse. 'Dig Pink' night raise breast cancer awareness during the month of October in the sport of volleyball. The Trojans welcome Presentation with the first serve at 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to wear pink clothing to help raise cancer awareness during the match.
NSAA CONFERENCE STANDINGS: Jamestown closed the first-half portion of the North Star Athletic Association conference schedule with a 3-0 home sweep over Presentation on Oct. 4. The Jimmies are undefeated with a 4-0 NSAA conference record, followed by Mayville State second with a 3-1 conference record. Dakota State is third in the NSAA conference standings with a 2-2 record after posing two straight road 3-0 victories at Presentation on Sept. 10 and at Valley City State on Sept. 18. Valley City State is fourth with a 1-3 NSAA conference record. The Saints are winless in four NSAA conference matches for a fifth-place NSAA volleyball standings.
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 Valley City State on Wednesday night. 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. On Friday night, Mayville State will provide the live video, which is available on http://playfullscreen.com/play_list.php?custid=1905. Jamestown hosts Dakota State on Saturday night. The Jimmies will have a live paid video available on http://www.americaonesports.com/partner_members.asp?id=68. 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 on Wednesday night. Jamestown will have a live play-by-play/statistics on Saturday night. 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 play another three-match during the same week next week. The Trojans host Presentation in the annual 'Dig Pink' night on Wednesday night. First serve from the DSU Fieldhouse is set for 7 p.m. DSU is slated to head to Nebraska on next weekend. The Trojans visit Concordia (Neb.) on Friday, Oct. 18 with a junior varsity match at 6 p.m. and varsity match to follow at 7:30 p.m. in Seward, Neb. On Saturday, Oct. 19, Dakota State travels to Omaha, Neb. to play Saint Mary (Neb.). The both teams' third meeting this season is schedule to kick off at 1 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director