August 23, 2014
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Dakota State (S.D.) took advantage of host-team Mount Mercy's (Iowa) 35 attack errors Saturday morning for a 3-1 victory on the second day of the Mustang Invitational at Hennessey Recreation Center. DSU won their second straight match.
The Trojans won their first road match this season, handing the Mustangs their first loss of the season. Both teams are 2-1 overall record.
It was the first time since 2006 that Dakota State had started their season with a 2-1 record.
DSU's final match in the tournament versus Ashford (Iowa) was canceled due to wet floor, creating unfavorable playing conditions.
The Trojans hit .333 to jump to a 1-0 match lead with a 25-21 victory. DSU only committed one hitting error while the Mustangs hit .214 with eight attack errors.
Dakota State cruised past MMC with a 25-15 second set win, extending their match lead to 2-0. The Trojans hit an impressive .316 compared to the Mustangs .000.
Mount Mercy held on to a two-point victory by the score of 26-24 in the third set, trimming DSU's lead to 2-1.
Dakota State secured the match by winning in a tight fourth set by the score of 28-26.
Westby recorded three service aces for the Trojans. Rozell had two aces.
Rozell and Katherine Gonzalez each had 12 digs for Dakota State's defense. Westby added nine digs.
Leslie Hoffmann had 18 kills for the Mustangs. Demi Heiss added 13 kills. Abbie Perez recorded 23 assists, while Ashley Strong added 19 assists.
Hannah Whitley had three service aces for Mount Mercy. Samantha Meyer registered 16 digs.
MMC outhit DSU 53-43 in the match. The Mustangs committed 35 attack errors compared to the Trojans' 10 attack errors.
DSU hit .277 in the match while Mount Mercy hit .129.
The Trojans amassed nine total team blocks. MMC did not have a block in the match.
Dakota State returns home on Wednesday evening at DSU Fieldhouse. The Trojans look to extend their winning streak as they host Morningside (Iowa) of the Great Plains Athletic Conference. There will be a junior varsity match at 6 p.m., followed by a varsity match at 7:30 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director