August 31, 2013
MITCHELL, S.D. - Dakota State dropped their first volleyball match to Saint Mary (Neb.) 3-1 (25-20, 22-25, 25-20 and 29-27) on the second day of the Corn Palace Classic. However, the Trojans bounced back in the nightcap to defeat host-team Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) in four sets (25-15, 26-24, 11-25 and 25-8). DSU finished the Corn Palace Classic with a 2-2 record.
Dakota State improved their overall record to 2-4. Saint Mary lifted their record to 4-3, while DWU dropped their overall record to 3-5.
Saint Mary (Neb.) 3, Dakota State (S.D.) 1 -BOX SCORE
The Flames won the first set by the score of 25-20 as DSU struggled with a hitting percentage of .040 (Flames' .154 hitting percentage).
Dakota State bounced back in the second set by recording a .214 hitting efficiency to earn a 25-22 victory and tied the match at 1-1.
Saint Mary won the third set 25-20. The Flames hit .159 compared to the Trojans' negative .068.
DSU fell short in the fourth set as the Flames sealed the match by the score of 29-27. Dakota State recorded a .240 hitting percentage with 18 kills, while CSM hit .277 with 16 kills.
Kylie Martin had a double-double of 12 kills and 13 digs for the Trojans. She had three service aces. Caitlin Pick added 10 attacks. Allison Thielsen had nine kills. Kelci Viesselman recorded eight kills. Stacey Schuller produced 32 set assists.
Katherine Gonzalez had a season-high 30 digs for DSU. Viesselman added 16 digs. Schuller had 15 digs. Thielsen recorded 14 digs.
Babic Mallory amassed 20 kills and 20 digs for Saint Mary. She had three blocks (two solo blocks and two block assists). Aysha Janssen added 15 kills and 18 digs.. Shelby Easley recorded a match-high 45 assists.
Baylee Collins recorded 23 digs for the Flames. Paige Indra added 20 digs. Claie Thoeming had four solo blocks and two block assists (5 total blocks).
CSM had four more kills than the Trojans (53-49). The Flames hit .193 compared to DSU .108.
Dakota State recorded a team-high 103 digs in the match. Saint Mary had 101 digs.
DSU had nine service aces. CSM recorded three service aces.
The Flames had nine blocks while DSU had five blocks.
Dakota State (S.D.) 3, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 1 -BOX SCORE
It was the third straight year that DSU had defeated their long-time rival DWU at the Corn Palace.
Dakota State only committed one attack error in the opening set and hit an amazing .472 hitting percentage (season-high hitting percentage in the first set) with 18 kills in 36 attempts to earn a 25-15 victory. DWU was held to .083 hitting efficiency with eight kills and five errors in 36 attempts.
DSU held on to win the second set by the score of 26-24 to earn a 2-0 match lead. Both teams could not hit over .100 as the Trojans hit .064 with 14 kills while the Tigers were .044 in hitting percentage with nine kills.
Dakota Wesleyan dominated the third set 25-11 to trim DSU's match lead to 2-1. DWU outhit the Trojans 12-5 in the third set.
Dakota State stormed in the fourth set and sealed the match with a 25-8 victory. It was the lowest score that the Trojans had allowed in a set this season. DSU had 10 kills and committed just one error in 27 attempts for a hitting efficiency of .333. DWU was held to negative .121 hitting percentage with six kills and committed 10 attack errors in 33 attempts.
Pick led the Trojans' offense with 11 kills. Martin had a double-double of 10 kills and 10 digs. Thielsen added eight kills. Tessa Weeldreyer and Viesselman each had seven kills. Schuller recorded a season-high 35 assists.
Gonzalez had 21 digs for DSU. Thielsen added 15 digs. Viesselman had 13 digs. Schuller had 12 digs.
Thielsen served a season-high four aces for the Trojans. Weeldreyer had two blocks and three block assists (3.5 total blocks).
Mallory Jark had 13 kills and four block assists for the Tigers. Elizabeth Humiston and Sarah Kruse each added six kills. Briana Jung had 17 assists, while Rebecca Garcia added 12 assists.
Taylor Spence had 14 digs for DWU. Maggie Stehly added 13 digs and three service aces. Marissa Soderberg had 10 digs.
Dakota State outhit the Tigers 47-35 in the match. The Trojans hit a season-high .208 compared to DWU .054.
Both teams had seven blocks.
DSU plays their first home match of the season on Tuesday night. The Trojans welcome Briar Cliff (Iowa) of the Great Plains Athletic Conference. There will be a junior varsity match at 6 p.m., followed by the varsity match at 7:30 p.m. The matches will be held at the DSU Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director