November 6, 2013
MADISON, S.D. – Dakota State (S.D.), which had won four volleyball matches in the last six matches, faced the top-seed team Jamestown (N.D.) in the semifinals of the inaugural North Star Athletic Association Volleyball Postseason Conference Tournament Wednesday evening at Hansen Center. The Jimmies hit .487 in the match to sweep DSU in three straight sets by the scores of 25-12, 25-12 and 25-19.
Dakota State ended their 2013 season with an overall record of 9-25. Jamestown earned a spot in the inaugural NSAA Postseason Conference Tournament's championship match and raised their overall record to 25-8.
The Trojans jumped to a 2-1 lead to open the match. The Jimmies went on a 6-1 scoring run to earn a 7-3 lead. At 11-7, Jamestown closed the first set with a 14-5 scoring spurt to earn a 1-0 match lead over DSU.
UJ hit .583 (17 kills with 3 errors in 24 attempts) in the first set compared to the Trojans' .316 (7 kills with 1 error in 19 attempts).
Dakota State and Jamestown tied the early second set four times. At 4-4, the Jimmies raced to an 8-4 lead by scoring four consecutive points. Jamestown finished the second set with a 17-8 scoring run for a 25-12 victory and extend their match lead to 2-0.
The Jimmies hit .448 in the second set (15 kills with 2 errors in 29 attempts) compared to the Trojans' .071 (7 kills with 5 errors in 28 attempts).
UJ started the third set with a 9-2 lead. The Trojans were able to trim Jamestown's lead to two points at 15-13 with a 11-4 scoring spurt. DSU could not get any closer as the Jimmies secured the match by scoring the final three points of the third set (25-19).
The Trojans hit .214 (13 kills with 7 errors in 28 attempts) in the third set while UJ hit .440 (14 kills with 3 errors in 25 attempts).
Chelsey Davis recorded six digs for DSU. Katherine Gonzalez added five digs.
Vander Wal and Kelci Viesselman each had a service ace for the Trojans. Pick and Viesselman each had a block assist.
Janna Johnson had 14 kills and hit .737 for the Jimmies. Sarah Becker added 10 kills and hit .700. Kaitlin Anderson had eight kills.
Kelsey Deragisch recorded 23 assists and 3 service aces for UJ. Kaia Buck added 17 assists.
Alaina Brown recorded seven digs for Jamestown. Anderson and Sarah Didychuk each had three block assists.
The Jimmies outhit the Trojans 46-27 in the match. UJ hit .487 (46 kills with 8 errors in 78 attempts) while DSU hit .187 (27 kills with 13 errors in 75 attempts).
Jamestown hosts No. 2 seed Mayville State (N.D.), who swept No. 3 seed Valley City State (N.D.) in three straight sets in the other NSAA's semifinals, on Saturday in the NSAA Postseason Conference Volleyball Tournament at 7 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director