August 27, 2014
Photos Credits by Kaden Huntrods
MADISON, S.D. – The Dakota State University volleyball team returned home at DSU Fieldhouse Wednesday evening, hosting Morningside (Iowa) of the Great Plains Athletic Conference. The Trojans fell short to the Mustangs in three straight sets (25-20, 26-24 and 25-23), despite outhitting MC 42-38 in the match.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 2-2. Morningside remained undefeated in five matches, including a 3-0 record against members of the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) (defeated Valley City State and Mayville State).
Leading 14-12 in the opening set, Morningside went on to score six straight points for the biggest lead at 20-12. The Trojans trimmed their deficit to 23-20, but was unable to come back as the Mustangs scored the final two points for 1-0 match lead. MC hit .146 while DSU was .093.
Dakota State raced to a 7-2 lead in the second set, forcing the Mustangs to call timeout. MC went on a 9-1 scoring run to overtake the lead from DSU at 11-8.
Trailing 17-15, Dakota State scored four straight points (three by MC's attack errors) to grab a 19-17 lead. However, the Mustangs answered back by scoring five straight points for a 22-19 lead in the second set.
Dakota State rallied back and tied the game at 22-22. At 24-24, the Mustangs took a 2-0 match lead after a pair of kills from Kecia Verburg.
The Trojans earned a 17-13 lead in the third set before Morningside called the first timeout. With DSU leading 20-17, the Mustangs scored three straight points to tie at 20-20.
At 23-23, Morningside secured the match after the Trojans' committed an attack error and a service ace by Gabi French.
Dakota State was led by Caitlin Pick with 14 kills. She hit .414 in the match. Carly Rozell and Kylie Martin each added eight kills. Stacey Westby produced 19 set assists. Kaylee Vander Wal added 15 assists.
Katherine Gonzalez registered 19 digs for the Trojans. Allison Thieslen added 10 digs. Rozell had nine digs.
French and Verburg each recorded nine kills for the Mustangs. Amanda Woodman added eight kills. TyAnn Buddenghagen had 28 assists.
Four MC players recorded in double digits digs, led by French with 16 digs. Katie Kuck had 12 digs and Buddenghagen had 10 digs. Morgan Gourley and Amanda O'Kief each added 10 digs.
French had two service aces for the Mustangs. Jennifer Buyert earned three blocks (six block assists).
Morningside outhit the Trojans .145 to .143 in the match. The Mustangs had five service aces and a service percentage of .973 compared to DSU's two service aces and .899 service percentage.
MC had six team blocks while DSU had three blocks.
Morningside collected 65 digs compared to the Trojans' 63 digs.
MC won the junior varsity match by the scores of 19-25, 25-13 and 15-8.
Dakota State looks to bounce back in the winning column as they play four matches in the Corn Palace Friday and Saturday. The Trojans kick off the Corn Palace Classic with a pair of matches on Friday, facing NSAA foe Dickinson State (N.D.) in a non-conference match at 3 p.m. Dakota State plays the host-team Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) in the nightcap at 7 p.m. The matches will be in Mitchell, S.D.
Photo Credits by Donald Weidler
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director