October 11, 2013
MADISON, S.D. – Dakota State continued their North Star Athletic Association volleyball action this weekend, facing the top two teams in the conference. The Trojans made their first stop at the Lewy Lee Fieldhouse Friday evening against Mayville State (N.D.). DSU battled hard in the match, but dropped in four sets to the Comets by the scores of 25-18, 23-25, 25-20 and 25-19.
Dakota State's overall record currently stands at 5-19 and 2-4 NSAA conference play. The Trojans are still tied with Valley City State in the NSAA conference standings (VCSU suffered a 3-0 setback at Jamestown Friday night). Mayville State returned back to .500 with a 13-13 overall record and 5-1 in NSAA conference standing (2nd place in the NSAA standings).
The Comets won the opening set by the score of 25-18. DSU had 14 kills in the set, but committed five attack errors (.273 hitting percentage) and four service errors to allow the Comets earn their first lead of the match. Mayville State recorded 13 kills in the first set with 3 errors in 28 attempts (.357 hitting efficiency) and recorded one service error.
The Trojans answered back to earn a 25-23 second set victory and even the match at 1-1. The Trojans outhit the Comets 17-16. DSU had a hitting percentage of .279, while MaSU recorded a hitting percentage of .214.
Mayville State held the Trojans to below .200 hitting percentage in the final two sets to secure the match. The Comets won the third set by the score of 25-20 and fourth set at 25-19.
MaSU hit .294 (16 kills with 6 errors in 34 attempts) in the third set compared to the Trojans' .176 (12 kills with 6 errors in 34 attempts). The Comets had a hitting efficiency of .286 (18 kills with 8 errors in 35 attempts) in the fourth set, while DSU was .156 (10 kills with 5 errors in 32 attempts).
Caitlin Pick smashed a match-high 16 kills for the Trojans. She hit .314 in the match and recorded double digits in kills for the fourth straight match. Haley Hillestad added 12 kills and recorded a hitting percentage of .300. Tessa Weeldreyer had eight kills and hit .400.
Katherine Gonzalez led the Trojans' defense with 17 digs. Chelsey Davis added seven digs.
Hillestad recorded a solo block and six block assists (4 total blocks) for Daktoa State. Michele Rogers added four block assists (2 total blocks).
Remington Werner and Cassie Ziemer each had 15 kills for the Comets. Both hit well above .400 as Ziemer recorded a hitting percentage of .462 and Werner .444. Josette Glatt added 13 kills. Katie Wangberg had a match-high 48 assists.
Paige O'Connor had 25 digs for Mayville State. Wangberg added 14 digs. Betsy Smith had 10 digs.
Wangberg, Sydney Boom, Smith and Katie Kolness each had a service ace for the Comets.
Kyla Bugner had 3.5 blocks (2 block solos and 3 block assists) for MaSU.
The Comets outhit the Trojans 63-53 in the match. MaSU hit .281 (63 kills with 24 errors in 139 attempts) compared to DSU's season-high of .227 (53 kills with 21 errors in 141 attempts).
Mayville State had four service aces in the match and recorded a service percentage of .979 (2 service errors). DSU did not record a service ace, but committed eight service errors with a service percentage of .904.
The Trojans had 10 blocks in the match compared to the Comets' 7 blocks.
MaSU had 67 digs compared to the Trojans' 52 digs.
The Trojan junior varsity volleyball team defeated the Comets in three sets. The DSU junior varsity team improved their overall record to 6-5 overall and 2-1 NSAA conference play.
Dakota State looks to halt their losing skid Saturday night. The Trojans will face the NSAA's top team in the conference standings – Jamestown (N.D.), receiving votes in the latest NAIA Volleyball Coaches' national poll. There will be a junior varsity match at 5 p.m. with the varsity match to follow at 7 p.m. Both matches will be held at the Hansen Center in Jamestown, N.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director