October 29, 2013
Photo credit by Kaden Huntrods
MADISON, S.D. – Dakota State played their final regular-season volleyball match Tuesday evening at DSU Fieldhouse versus in-state rival University of Sioux Falls. The Cougars outhit the Trojans 45-20 to earn a three straight sets victory over DSU by the scores of 25-22, 25-11 and 25-15.
Dakota State, preparing for their upcoming postseason play later this week, ended their regular-season record with an overall record of 8-24. USF, a member of NCAA Division II and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC), raised their overall record to 15-9.
The Trojans and Cougars battled through the first set with six ties. Leading 5-4, USF went on a 5-1 scoring spurt to earn a 10-4 lead. The Trojans rallied back within two points at 12-10, but the Cougars extended their lead to 24-18. DSU went on to score four straight points – including three consecutive kills by DSU's Brittney Anderson – before USF secured the first set by Samantha Lovell's kill at 25-22.
USF hit. 158 (14 kills with 8 errors in 38 attempts) compared to the Trojans' .147 (10 kills with 5 errors in 34 attempts) in the first set.
DSU jumped to a 6-5 lead in the second set. The Cougars went on to use a 7-0 scoring run to regain their lead at 12-7. USF closed the second set with a 13-4 run for a 25-11 victory and extended their match lead to 2-0.
The Cougars outhit the Trojans 14-5 in the second set. USF recorded a hitting percentage of .273 (14 kills with 5 errors in 33 attempts) compared to DSU .000 (5 kills with 5 errors in 31 attempts).
Sioux Falls raced to a 13-4 lead to kick off the third set. The Trojans could not get no closer than seven points at 13-6 as Cougars sealed the match with a 25-15 victory. USF hit .419 (17 kills with 4 errors in 31 attempts) while DSU was held to .000 (5 kills with 5 errors in 25 attempts).
Katherine Gonzalez recorded 10 digs for Dakota State. Schuller had eight digs. Allison Thielsen had seven digs.
Rogers and Hillestad each had two block assists.
Jordan Calef led the Cougars with nine kills. Emily Johnson added eight kills. Kellee Griese and Lovell each had five kills.
Alexa Reed produced 19 assists for USF. Natalie MInchow recorded 16 assists.
Greise and Andrea Odbert each led Cougars' defense with 11 digs.
Calef, Lovell and Megan Jacob each had two block assists.
Kate Hart, Reed, Becky Wessel and Minchow each had a service ace for USF.
USF recorded a .275 hitting efficiency (45 kills with 17 errors in 102 attempts) in the match compared to the Trojans' .056 (20 kills with 15 errors in 90 attempts).
DSU had a better service percentage than the Cougars. The Trojans recorded a .878 service percentage (6 errors in 49 attempts), while USF had .851 service percentage by committing 11 service errors in 74 attempts. Sioux Falls had four service aces in the match.
The Cougars recorded 50 digs compared to the Trojans' 33 digs.
USF had six blocks. DSU recorded four blocks.
Dakota State heads in the postseason play on Saturday at home. The Trojans. No. 4 seed in the North Star Athletic Association Volleyball Conference Postseason Tournament, host No. 5 seed Presentation (S.D.). First serve of the NSAA's quarterfinal match is set for 7 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director