October 16, 2013
MADISON, S.D. – Despite hitting an impressive .354 hitting percentage through the first two sets Wednesday evening at DSU Fieldhouse, Dakota State (S.D.) fell short to Presentation (S.D.) in a five-set North Star Athletic Association volleyball conference match thriller. The Saints rallied back from 0-2 deficit (21-25 and 15-25) and earned victories in the final three sets of the match (25-15, 25-23 and 15-13) in the annual 'Dig Pink' night to help raise cancer awareness.
Dakota State lost their eighth straight match and dipped their overall record to 5-21. The Trojans finished their inaugural North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) with a 2-6 conference record. Presentation, first-year member in the NSAA conference, raised their overall record to 8-14 and recorded their first NSAA conference victory this season (1-6 NSAA conference record).
DSU and PC battled through the opening set with 14 ties. At 19-18, the Trojans closed the first set with a 6-3 run for a 25-21 victory and a 1-0 match lead. Dakota State hit an amazing .394 (16 kills with 3 errors in 33 attempts) compared to the Saints' .206 hitting percentage (13 kills with 6 errors in 34 attempts).
With the Trojans leading 14-12 in the second set, DSU roared with an 11-3 scoring spurt for a 25-15 victory and extended DSU's match lead to 2-0. The Trojans continued their impressive hitting with a .313 hitting efficiency (13 kills with 3 errors in 32 attempts). The Saints were held to dismal .026 hitting percentage (9 kills with 8 errors in 38 attempts).
Presentation jumped to a 13-6 lead in the third set. The Trojans could not get no closer than five points at 13-8 as PC extended the match with a 25-15 third set win. DSU committed 10 attack errors in the third set and recorded a hitting percentage of .027, despite outhitting the Saints 11-9. PC had a hitting percentage of .333 and committed just two attack errors.
Both teams battled through 15 ties and 5 lead changes in the fourth set. The Trojans led 23-20, but the Saints scored five unanswered points – including the final four points by DSU's attack errors – for a 25-23 victory and extend the match to fifth and deciding set.
The fifth set saw a back-and-forth battle between DSU and PC with 18 ties recorded. At 13-13, the Saints secured the match by a kill by Amy Trujillo and a service ace by Hayley Hornick for a 3-2 match victory.
Katherine Gonzalez recorded 22 digs for Dakota State. Chelsey Davis had eight digs.
Stratton, Anderson and Vander Wal each had two service aces for the Trojans.
Hillestad had four block assists (2 total blocks) for DSU. Michele Rogers added three block assists (1.5 total blocks).
Megan Goedert had a match-high 16 kills for the Saints. Kayla Greene added 10 kills. Karly Fuhrman had eight kills.
Mo Bunney led PC with 22 set assists and recorded seven kills. Carly Peterson added 21 assists.
Haley Boisjolie recorded 26 digs for Saints. Bunney added 13 digs. Alyssa Jung had 10 digs.
Trujillo and Greene each had 2.5 total blocks for Presentation.
The Trojans outhit the Saints 61-52 in the match. DSU hit .186 in the match, but committed 28 attack errors in 177 attempts. PC recorded a .174 hitting efficiency with 23 attack errors in 167 attempts.
Both teams had six service aces. The Saints recorded a service percentage of .910 (9 service errors) while DSU's service percentage was .882 (12 service errors).
The Trojans had eight blocks (1 solo block and 14 block assists) compared to the Saints' six blocks (3 solo blocks and 6 block assists).
DSU's junior varsity team dominated the Saints in three straight sets by the scores of 25-10, 25-10 and 25-9. The Trojans' junior varsity record currently stands at 7-6 overall record and 3-2 NSAA conference record.
Dakota State looks to halt their losing skid with a pair of non-conference matches in Nebraska. The Trojans' first stop is on Friday night in Seward, Neb. as they visit Concordia (Neb.). The junior varsity team will play their final regular-season match at 6 p.m., with the varsity match to follow at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, DSU travels to Omaha to take on Saint Mary (Neb.) at 1 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director