August 22, 2014
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The Dakota State University volleyball team dropped a hard-fought four-setter season-opening match versus Saint Ambrose (Iowa) Friday afternoon at the Hennessey Recreation Center in the Mustang Invitational, hosted by Mount Mercy (Iowa). The Trojans cruised to a 3-0 victory over Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) in night cap for the first victory of the season.
Dakota State is 1-1 overall record, while St. Ambrose is 1-1 record. Hannibal-LaGrange is winless in their first two matches in the Mustang Invitational.
Saint Ambrose (Iowa) 3, Dakota State (S.D.) 1 – FINAL
The Fighting Bees won the first two sets by a slim margin with an identical score of 25-23.
DSU won the third set by the score of 25-22 to extend the match into the fourth set.
The Trojans opened the fourth set with a 14-7 lead, but St. Ambrose closed the match with an 18-9 run for a 25-23 victory, earning a 3-1 win.
Rozell recorded three service aces for the Trojans. Stratton added two aces.
Rozell and Pick each had 1.5 blocks for Dakota State.
The Trojans hit .137 in the match with 42 kills, 23 attack errors in 139 attempts. DSU had six blocks in the match.
No statistics were reported for Saint Ambrose.
Dakota State (S.D.) 3, Hannibal-LaGrange 0 – FINAL
The Trojans cruised to an easy victory over Hannibal-LaGrange in three straight sets – 25-6, 25-19 and 27-25.
Westby registered 15 assists for the Trojans. She is just 58 assists away for tying the DSU school record for most career assists (3,150 assists set by Jill Weisser from 2000-04). Kaylee Vander Wal added eight assists.
Alicia Karst recorded two service aces for DSU. Gonzalez added an ace.
Gonzlaez led the Trojans with 17 digs. Chelsey Davis had 10 digs.
Rozell and Pick each had four blocks in the match for Dakota State. Karst added three solo blocks and two block assists (4 total blocks).
Dakota State his .228 in the match with 35 kills and 14 attack errors in 92 attempts. The Trojans' service percentage was .946.
DSU had 10 team blocks in the match with four solo blocks and 12 block assists.
No statistics were reported for Hannibal-LaGrange.
Dakota State continues their action on the second day of the Mustang Invitational Saturday. The Trojans face the host-team Mount Mercy (Iowa) in the first match at 9 a.m. and finish the invitational with a contest with Ashford (Iowa) at 1 p.m. Both matches will be played at the Hennessey Recreation Center.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director