September 20, 2013
MADISON, S.D. – Mayville State (N.D.) outhit Dakota State 44-26 to earn three straight sets sweep (25-16, 25-13 and 25-18) over Dakota State (S.D.) Friday evening at DSU Fieldhouse. The Comets earned their first North Star Athletic Association conference victory, while DSU recorded their first NSAA conference loss in their first-ever NSAA conference home volleyball match.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 5-14 and 2-1 NSAA conference record. Mayville State improved their overall record to 7-12 and 1-1 in NSAA play.
The Comets jumped to a 13-7 lead in the opening set. DSU struggled by hitting negative .068 (9 kills with 12 errors in 44 attempts) as Mayville State won the first set (25-16). The Comets had 10 kills with 5 errors in 31 attempts (.161 hitting percentage) in the opening set.
With the score tied at 7-7 in the second set, MaSU went on an 18-6 scoring tear to earn the second set victory (25-13). The Comets hit .414 (15 kills with 3 errors in 29 attempts) compared to the Trojans' .071 (9 kills with 7 errors in 28 attempts).
Mayville State and Dakota State went through the third set with eight ties. At 19-18, the Comets scored the final six points of the third set to secure the match (25-18). MaSU had 19 kills with 7 errors in 39 attempts (.308 hitting efficiency), while DSU recorded 8 kills with 6 errors in 36 attempts (.056 hitting efficiency).
Katherine Gonzalez accumulated 16 digs for Dakota State. Schuller recorded two service aces.
Remington Werner smashed a match-high 11 kills for Mayville State. Kaitlyn Timian added nine kills. Josette Glatt had eight kills. Katie Wangberg amassed 29 assists.
Paige O'Connor led the Comets' defense with 17 digs. Wangberg added 15 digs.
Kyla Bunger recorded four block assists for MaSU. Glatt had three block assists.
The Comets hit .293 (44 kills with 15 errors in 99 attempts) in the match compared to the Trojans' .009 (26 kills with 25 errors in 108 attempts).
Mayville State had six blocks (12 block assists), while DSU had five blocks (1 solo block and 8 block assists).
The Trojans recorded three service aces in the match (.939 serving percentage). The Comets did not record a service ace (.973 service percentage).
DSU won the junior varsity match with two straight sets sweep over the Comets.
Dakota State continues their five-match home stand Saturday afternoon. The Trojans welcome Jamestown (N.D.) Jimmies, NSAA volleyball preseason favorite to win the conference). The junior varsity match starts at 1 p.m. with a best-of-five match format, with the varsity match to follow at 3:30 p.m. Both matches will be at the DSU Fieldhouse. The Trojan volleyball team will recognize their senior and each players' parents prior to the match.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director