August 29, 2014
MITCHELL, S.D. – Stacey Westby had surpassed Jill Weisser (who had 3,150 career set assists from 2000-04) for Dakota State University's volleyball all-time career set assists Friday at the Corn Palace, helping the Trojans go 2-0 record on the first day of the Corn Palace Classic. Dakota State swept their North Star Athletic Association foe Dickinson State (N.D.) in three straight sets and held off the host-team Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) in the night cap in four sets.
Dakota State raised their overall record to 4-2, matching their best start for the first time since 2006 through six matches. Dickinson State remained winless through three matches. The Trojans handed the Tigers their first loss of the season (2-1 record).
Dakota State (S.D.) 3, Dickinson State (N.D.) 0 – FINAL
The Trojans hit a season-high .402 in a 3-0 victory over Dickinson State in a non-conference match. Dakota State won by the scores of 25-21, 25-16 and 25-16, while the Blue Hawks only hit .098 in the match.
DaSU recorded impressive hitting percentage in each set, .417 in the first set, .407 in the second set and .375 in the third set. DiSU was held below .150 in each set (.143 first set, .121 second set and .000 third set).
Westby tallied a total of 22 set assists in the match, breaking the all-time DSU's career assists. Kaylee Vander Wal added 11 assists.
Katherine Gonzalez recorded 18 digs for Dakota State.
Maddi Johnston had eight kills for Dickinson State. Morgan Lutz collected 19 assists. Natasha Malana had 12 digs.
The Trojans registered a total of 44 kills and only committed 9 attack errors in 87 attempts. The Blue Hawks had 28 kills, but committed 19 attack errors in 92 attempts.
Dakota State had seven blocks while Dickinson State had two blocks in the match.
Dakota State (S.D.) 3, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 1 – FINAL
The Trojans raced to a 10-2 opening lead in the night cap of the Corn Palace Classic with host-team Dakota Wesleyan.
DWU was able to rally back and tie the game at 20-20 with an 18-10 scoring. The Tigers closed the first set with a 25-23 victory and a 1-0 match lead.
DSU jumped to a five-point lead to kick off the second set with an 8-3 lead. The Trojans closed with a 25-21 second set victory and tied the match at 1-1.
Dakota State stormed through the third set with a 25-15 victory, extending their match lead to 2-1. The Trojans hit .310 in the third set (13 kills – 4 errors – 29 attempts), while the Tigers recorded a hitting percentage of .059 (8 kills – 6 errors – 34 attempts).
The fourth set saw 14 ties and 8 lead changes. Trailing 20-19, the Trojans closed the match with a 6-1 scoring run for a 25-21 fourth set win. Rozell sealed the match by smashing a pair of kills for Dakota State.
Rozell registered a season-high 28 kills for the Trojans, which is tied for fourth-most kills in a match in DSU Volleyball record book. Kylie Martin added seven hills. Brittney Anderson and Pick each had six kills.
Westby earned 27 assists, racking up a total of 3,181 career assists during her career at Dakota State. Vander Wal added 15 assists.
Gonzalez led the Trojans' defense with 21 digs. Thielsen added 10 digs.
Vander Wal recorded three service aces for DSU. Rozell and Westby each added two service aces.
Lauren Tadlock earned 15 kills for Dakota Wesleyan. Sammy Fluck added 12 kills. Mallory Jark and Katie Vetch each had eight kills.
Michelle Van Epps had 46 assists for DWU.
Maggie Stehly recorded 15 digs for the Tigers. Mackenzie Stevens had 11 digs.
DWU outhit DSU 58-55 in the match. The Trojans hit .280 compared to the Tigers' .255.
Both teams had four blocks.
The Trojans had nine service aces and a service percentage of .938. The Tigers had three service aces and a service percentage of .927.
Dakota State continues their action on the second day of the Corn Palace Saturday afternoon. The Trojans look to extend their winning streak as they play another NSAA foe Valley City State (N.D.) in a non-conference match. DSU concludes the tournament with a match-up with Johnson & Wales (Colo.), who defeated Dickinson State and VCSU today, at 2 p.m. All matches will be held at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director