October 15, 2013
THIS WEEK: Dakota State (5-20 overall record, 2-5 North Star Athletic Association conference record) returns home Wednesday evening to play the final home NSAA conference match versus Presentation (S.D.) (7-14, 0-6 NSAA). There will be a junior varsity match (best-of-5 match) at 5 p.m. with the varsity match to follow at 7 p.m. Both matches will be at DSU Fieldhouse. The Trojans head to Nebraska this weekend for a pair of non-conference matches. DSU visits Concordia (Neb.) (13-8_ at the Walz Human Performance Center in Seward, Neb. on Friday evening. The junior varsity match kicks off at 6 p.m. with the varsity match to follow at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday afternoon, DSU travels to Lied Fitness Center in Omaha, Neb. for a match versus Saint Mary (Neb.) (14-10) at 1 p.m.
DIG PINK NIGHT: The Trojans will be hosting the annual 'Dig Pink' event on Wednesday evening. 'Dig Pink' is an event that help raise breast cancer awareness. Each DSU volleyball athletes will be playing in honor/memory on Wednesday against Presentation (S.D.). October is designated as the 'Breast Cancer Awareness' month.
LAST MEETING: Dakota State won the last meeting at Presentation on Sept. 10 in both teams' first-ever North Star Athletic Association conference match in Aberdeen, S.D. The Trojans won in three straight sets by the scores of 25-17, 25-21 and 25-22 at the Strode Center. DSU outhit the Saints 40-28 in the match. Dakota State had a hitting percentage of .203 as Presentation struggled with a hitting efficiency of .085. Concordia (Neb.) defeated DSU 3-0 (25-12, 25-21 and 25-11) at the Hastings (Neb.) Classic on Sept. 6 in both teams' last meeting. Saint Mary (Neb.) won both meetings this season with the Trojans, both by the scores of 3-1. The Flames defeated DSU 25-20, 22-25, 25-20 and 29-27 at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D. on Aug. 31 and 18-25, 25-19, 25-17 and 25-23 at the DSU Fieldhouse on Sept. 26.
SCHULLER MOVES UP IN RECORD BOOK: Stacey Schuller moved up to No. 2 in most career set assists in the Trojan Volleyball record book after the volleyball match at Jamestown (N.D.) on Oct. 19. She passed Katalin Varga , who had 2,904 career set assists from 1994-98. Schuller, a junior from Jackson, Minn., currently have 2,914 career assists during her stellar career at Dakota State. She produced 1,353 assists in her freshman season, 1,087 assists in her sophomore year and 474 assists this season. Schuller is just 237 assists away to break the DSU school record for most career assists, which is currently held by Jill Weisser with 3,150 assists from 2000-04. Schuller is a Elementary Education/Special Education major at Dakota State University.
LAST TIME OUT: Dakota State dropped all three North Star Athletic Association conference matches last week. The Trojans dropped a 3-1 decision versus Valley City State (N.D.) on Oct. 9 at DSU Fieldhouse. The Vikings outhit DSU 62-47 to gain a 25-23, 20-25, 25-21 and 25-22 victory. The Trojans traveled to North Dakota last weekend to visit the top two teams in the NSAA conference. DSU lost a 3-1 contest at Mayville State (N.D.) on Oct. 11 by the scores of 25-18, 23-25, 25-20 and 25-19. The Trojans could not stop their losing skid on Oct. 12 as they were defeated by the NSAA"s top team Jamestown (N.D.). The Jimmies defeated the Trojans by the scores of 25-14, 25-15 and 25-20.
GONZALEZ LEADS NSAA CONFERENCE DEFENSE: Katherine Gonzalez, libero/defensive specialist for the Trojans, leads the North Star Athletic Association conference with 388 digs. She averages 4.9 digs per set for DSU. According to the NAIA-DakStats statistical website as of Tuesday, Gonzalez ranks 38th in the nation in digs per set. She recorded a match-high 26 digs in 3-1 loss to Valley City State (N.D.) on Oct. 9. Gonzalez recorded double digits digs in 20 matches this season, including a season-high 30 digs versus Saint Mary (Neb.) on Aug. 31 at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D.
TEAM LEADERS: Caitlin Pick leads the Trojans' offense with 207 kills and averages 2.4 kills per set. She leads the team with 37 blocks (0.4 blocks per set). Kelci Viesselman records 16 service aces for the Trojans. She averages 0.2 aces per set. Stacey Schuller produces 474 assists this season (5.6 assists per set). Katherine Gonzalez records 388 digs to lead Trojans' defense and averages 4.9 digs per set.
DWU @ DSU MATCH CHANGE TIME: There is a schedule change in Dakota Wesleyan-Dakota State volleyball match on Oct. 23 at DSU Fieldhouse. There will be no junior varsity match at 6 p.m. The varsity match will start at 7 p.m., which it was originally scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
TROJAN JUNIOR VARSITY UPDATE: The Dakota State University junior varsity volleyball team split a pair of North Star Athletic Association conference matches last weekend. The Trojans defeated Mayville State (N.D.) 2-1 on Oct. 11 and dropped a 2-0 contest at Jamestown (N.D.) on Oct. 12. The Trojans are 6-6 overall record and 2-2 North Star Athletic Association conference record. DSU's junior varsity team will play best-of-five match versus Presentation (S.D.) on Wednesday at 5 p.m. The Trojans play their final junior varsity match on Friday at Concordia (Neb.) with the first serve at 6 p.m.
OFFENSE ATTACKS: Four Dakota State University volleyball players smashed over 100 kills this season. Caitlin Pick leads the team with 207 kills and a hitting percentage of .218. She recorded four straight double digits in kills—16 versus Saint Mary (Neb.) on Sept. 26, 17 kills versus Mount Marty (S.D.) on Oct. 3, 16 kills versus Valley City State (N.D.) on Oct. 9 and 16 kills at Mayville State (N.D.) on Oct. 11. Kelci Viesselman records 134 attacks this season. Kylie Martin have 119 kills and Brittney Anderson accumulates 112 kills for the Trojans.
BLOCKS: Caitlin Pick records 37 total blocks for the Trojans this season—five solo blocks and 32 block assists. Haley Hillestad have 32 blocks (1 solo block and 31 block assists). Kylie Martin amasses 28 blocks (2 block solos and 26 block assists). Tessa Weeldreyer and Brittney Anderson each have 26 blocks. The Trojans set a season-high 10.0 blocks in 3-1 loss at Mayville State (N.D.) on Oct. 11.
NSAA CONFERENCE POSTSEASON TOURNAMENT: The inaugural North Star Athletic Association Volleyball Conference Postseason Tournament kicks off on Saturday, Nov. 2 with No.5 seed hosting No. 4 seed. The semifinals take place on Nov. 6 at the highest two seeds as No. 3 seed travels to No. 2 seed and No.1 seed hosting the winner of No. 4/No. 5 match-up. The NSAA Volleyball Conference Postseason Tournament's championship game is slated for Saturday, Nov. 9 at the highest remaining seed. The pairings will be determined after the final NSAA conference regular-season volleyball match in a few weeks.
NSAA CONFERENCE STANDINGS: Jamestown (N.D.) (6-0 conference record) and Mayville State (N.D.) (5-1) had already clinched the top two spots in the upcoming North Star Athletic Association Conference Postseason Tournament. The Jimmies will host the Comets on Wednesday evening to determine the top two seeding. Valley City State (N.D.) is third with 3-4 NSAA conference record, followed by Dakota State (S.D.) fourth with 2-5 conference record and Presentation (S.D.) fifth with 0-6 NSAA record.
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 Presentation (S.D.) 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, Concordia (Neb.) will provide the live video, which is available on http://www.cune.edu/athletics/sports-information-office/concordia-sports-network/. 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. 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 welcomes their long-time rival Dakota Wesleyan in a non-conference volleyball match at DSU Fieldhouse on Wednesday, Oct. 23. First serve is set for 7 p.m. Camouflage is the theme for the volleyball match. The Trojans head on the road on Friday, Oct. 25 as they play in the Waldorf (Iowa) Triangular. Dakota State plays Central Baptist (Ark.) in the first match at 5:30 p.m. and faces the host-team Waldorf in the night-cap at 7:30 p.m. The matches will be played in Forest City, Iowa.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director