September 18, 2013
VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Dakota State returned back to North Star Athletic Association volleyball conference play Wednesday evening at the Graichen Gym. The Trojans remained undefeated in NSAA conference with a 3-0 sweep over Valley City State (N.D.) by the scores of 25-17, 27-25 and 25-18.
Dakota State snapped their three-match losing streak and raised their overall record to 5-13 and 2-0 NSAA conference record. Valley City State dropped their overall record to 6-11 and winless in two NSAA conference matches.
DSU are currently tied for first-place with Jamestown (N.D.) in the NSAA volleyball standings with a 2-0 conference record (JC defeated at Mayville State, N.D. 25-22, 23-25, 21-25, 25-15 and 15-10 Wednesday).
The victory ended DSU's drought at Valley City State. The last time Trojans defeated the Vikings at Valley City State was on Oct. 8, 2005.
Dakota State hit an impressive .545 (8 kills with 2 errors in 11 attempts) in the opening set to earn an eight-point victory (25-18) and a 1-0 match lead. VCSU struggled by hitting .036 (9 kills with 8 errors in 28 attempts).
DSU narrowly won the second set by two points (27-25) and extended their match lead to 2-0. The Trojans outhit the Vikings 12-10 in the second set.
Dakota State sealed the match with a 25-18 third set victory. The Vikings were held to a negative .034 hitting efficiency while DSU had a hitting percentage of .167 (7 kills with 4 errors in 18 attempts).
Brittney Anderson led the Trojans' offense with 11 kills. She had a match-high hitting percentage of .368. Caitlin Pick added six kills. Allison Thielsen recorded five kills. Stacey Schuller had a match-high 15 sets assists. Kaylee Vander Wal added 11 assists.
Thielsen and Katherine Gonzalez each had 13 digs for DSU. Schuller recorded two service aces.
Aurissa Martens had a match-high 11 kills for the Vikings. Kelsey Labodi added five kills. Anna Neufeld recorded 13 assists. Stephanie Miller added 12 assists.
Jen Wettstein had eight digs for VCSU. Martens had two block assists.
Dakota State outhit Valley City State 33-27 in the match. The Trojans hit .183 compared to the Vikings' .043. VCSU committed 23 attacks errors in the match, while DSU had 16 attack errors.
DSU recorded a service percentage of .921 with six service aces and six service errors. VCSU had a service percentage of .821 with two service aces and ten service errors.
The Trojans had five blocks compared to the Vikings' three blocks.
Dakota State returns home this weekend to kick off their five-match home stand. The Trojans welcome Mayville State (N.D.) in DSU's first-ever NSAA conference home volleyball match on Friday. There will be a junior varsity match at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity match at 7 p.m. Both matches will be at the DSU Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director