October 12, 2013
JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) continued their North Star Athletic Association volleyball conference match Saturday evening at the Hansen Center, visiting the top-ranked team – Jamestown (N.D.)- in the NSAA. The Jimmies swept the Trojans in three straight sets by the score of 25-14, 25-15 and 25-20.
Dakota State lost their seventh straight match and dropped their overall record to 5-20, 2-5 NSAA record. Jamestown, receiving votes in the latest NAIA Volleyball Coaches' national poll, raised their overall record to 20-6 and undefeated in six NSAA conference matches.
With the first set knotted at 4-4, Jamestown scored seven straight points to earn an 11-4 lead. The Trojans could get no closer than six points at 16-10 as the Jimmies sealed the first set victory by the score of 25-14. The Jimmies hit .310 (13 kills with 4 errors in 29 attempts) in the first set while the Trojans hit .000 (6 kills with 6 errors in 26 attempts).
UJ raced to an 11-3 lead in the second set. The Trojans went on 7-4 scoring run to cut Jimmies' lead to 15-10. Jamestown closed the second set with a 25-15 victory and extended their match lead to 2-0. The Jimmies outhit the Trojans 17-7 in the second set. UJ hit .323 in the set while DSU hit .182.
Dakota State earned a 6-1 lead in the third set, but the Jimmies rallied back to tie the third set at 15-15 with a 14-9 scoring run. At 17-16, the Jimmies closed the third set with an 8-4 run to seal the match victory (25-20 third set victory). Both teams struggled in killing efficiency as UJ hit .171 (13 kills with 7 errors in 35 attempts) compared to the Trojans' .059 (11 kills with 9 errors in 34 attempts).
Stacey Schuller had 12 set assists for DSU. She passed Katalin Varga (2,904 assists) for the second most career set assists in Trojan Volleyball record book with 2,914 career assists.
Katherine Gonzalez led the Trojans' defense with 12 digs. Weeldreyer had 2.5 blocks, including two solo blocks and a block assist.
Sarah Becker recorded a match-high 14 kills for the Jimmies. She hit .591 in the match. Kaia Buck produced 22 set assists. Kelsey Deragisch added 14 assists.
Alaina Brown and Amanda Kramer each had 11 digs for UJ. Elisa Peterson had four service aces. Deragsich added three service aces.
Kaitlin Anderson and Becker each had three blocks (6 block assists) for Jamestown.
UJ outhit DSU 43-24 in the match. The Jimmies hit .263 compared to the Trojans' .073.
Jamestown had 10 service aces compared to DSU's 3 service aces.
The Jimmies recorded 12 blocks, while the Trojans had six blocks in the match.
Dakota State looks to end their losing skid as they return home on Wednesday night. The Trojans play their final NSAA conference match as they host Presentation (S.D.) in the annual Dig Pink Night. There will be a junior varsity match at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity match at 7 p.m. Both matches will be at the DSU Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director