September 24, 2013
THIS WEEK: The Dakota State University volleyball team (5-15 overall record) remains home this week with one match scheduled. The Trojans host Saint Mary (Neb.) (11-8) in a non-conference match. The homecoming volleyball match is set for 7 p.m. at the DSU Fieldhouse. School spirit is the theme for the home volleyball match on Thursday night as fans are encourage to wear DSU school colors.
DSU CURRENT FIVE-MATCH HOME STAND: Dakota State continues their current five-match home stand at the DSU Fieldhouse. The Trojans kicked off their home stand with a pair of 3-0 defeats against members of the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Mayville State (N.D.) on Sept. 20 and Jamestown (N.D.) on Sept. 21. Dakota State is searching for their first home victory this season. DSU continues their home stand with a non-conference match versus in-state rival Mount Marty (S.D.) on Oct. 3 and concludes with a NSAA conference match-up versus Valley City State (N.D.) on Oct. 9.
TROJANS COMPLETE FIRST-HALF OF NSAA CONFERENCE PLAY: The Trojans completed their first-half of the North Star Athletic Association volleyball schedule on Sept. 21. Dakota State made history when DSU won their first-ever NSAA conference victory on the road at Presentation (S.D.) on Sept. 10. The Trojans swept the Saints in three straight sets by the scores of 25-17, 25-21 and 25-22. Dakota State won their second consecutive NSAA conference match with a 3-0 sweep (25-17, 27-25 and 25-18) at Valley City State (N.D.) on Sept. 18. DSU could not get past the NSAA"s preseason top two teams—Mayville State (N.D.) and Jamestown (N.D.) with a pair of 3-0 defeats at the DSU Fieldhouse on Sept. 20 and 21. The Trojans begin their second-half of the NSAA conference schedule with a home match versus VCSU on Oct. 9 and conclude the schedule with a home match versus Presentation (S.D.) on Oct. 16.
LAST MEETING: Saint Mary (Neb.) won the first meeting with Dakota State (S.D.) this season on Aug. 31 as part of the Corn Palace Classic in Mitchell, S.D. The Flames won in four sets by the scores of 25-20, 22-25, 25-20 and 29-27. Saint Mary outhit the Trojans 53-49 in the match. The Flames hit .193 compared to the Trojans' .108. DSU recorded a team-high 103 digs in the match, while Saint Mary had 101 digs. Both teams will meet for the third time this season on Oct. 19 in Omaha. DSU and Saint Mary split their two meetings last year with the Trojans winning in three straight sets (25-22, 25-18 and 25-18) at the Corn Palace on Sept. 8, 2012. The Flames won the second meeting in Omaha on Oct. 20 in four sets. Saint Mary won by the scores of 25-18, 21-25, 25-22 and 25-20.
TROJANS END DROUGHT: Dakota State's road victory at Valley City State (N.D.) ended their losing drought on Sept. 18. The Trojans swept the Vikings in three straight sets by the scores of 25-17, 27-25 and 25-18 in NSAA volleyball conference play. The last time DSU defeated VCSU in Valley City, N.D. was on Oct. 8, 2005 in the former Dakota Athletic Conference action.
LAST TIME OUT: Dakota State went 1-2 for the week, including a three-set sweep at Valley City State (N.D.) on Sept. 18 in Valley City, N.D. The Trojans swept the Vikings by the scores 25-17, 27-25 and 25-18. DSU dropped a pair of matches against the preseason top two NSAA teams at DSU Fieldhouse last weekend. The Trojans lost to Mayville State (N.D.) on Sept. 20 by the scores of 25-16, 25-13 and 25-18. Preseason NSAA favorite to win the league title swept DSU in three straight sets on Sept. 21 by the scores of 25-14, 25-19 and 25-17. Saint Mary, member of the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference, split a pair of MCAC conference matches last week. The Flames dropped a 3-setter to the nationally-ranked Bellevue (Neb.) on the road (25-10, 25-13 and 25-12) on Sept. 17. CSM bounced back in the winning column on Sept. 20 as they defeated Haskell (Kan.) on the road in four sets (25-18, 25-17, 23-25 and 25-23). The Flames won their second straight match on Sept 23 with a home sweep over Grace (Neb.) (25-18, 25-20 and 27-25).
REGIONALLY SPEAKING: Jamestown ranks first in the latest North Star Athletic Association weekly ranking with an overall record of 12-4. Mayville State is second with 8-12 overall record. Dakota State is third with 5-15 overall record, followed by Valley City State fourth (8-11 record) and Presentation fifth with 5-8 overall record. The weekly rankings are released on every Mondays. The weekly rankings are used to determine the NAIA Volleyball National Top 25 poll, which is announced on Tuesday afternoons.
KEEP DIGGIN': Dakota State ranks in the 'Top 50' in total digs defense. According to the NAIA-DakStats statistical website as of Tuesday, DSU ranks 29th in the nation in total digs with 1064 digs. Katherine Gonzalez is 39th in the nation in total digs with 287 digs. She ranks 47th in the nation in digs per set with 4.9 and leads the North Star Athletic Association in digs category.
TEAM LEADERS: Caitlin Pick leads Dakota State's offense with 139 kills and averages 2.1 kills per set. She also leads the team in total blocks with 25 (0.4 blocks per set). Kelci Viesselman records 14 service aces this season (0.2 service aces per set). Stacey Schuller produces 336 set assists and averages 5.2 assists pet set.
SCHULLER'S SET ASSISTS CAREER RECORD WATCH: Junior setter Stacey Schuller amassed a total of 2776 set assists after the completion of Sept. 21 match versus Jamestown. She is currently ranks third in the Trojan Volleyball record book for most career assists. Katalin Varga is second in the DSU volleyball record book with 2904 career assists from 1994-98. Jill Weisser still holds the DSU school record for most career assists of 3150 when she played from 2000-04.
DSU JUNIOR VARSITY VOLLEYBALL UPDATE: Dakota State junior varsity volleyball team is currently 5-5 overall record and 1-1 in NSAA conference play. The Trojans split a pair of NSAA matches last weekend at the DSU Fieldhouse. DSU swept Mayville State in two straight sets on Sept. 20 before dropping in three straight sets against Jamestown on Sept. 21. The Trojans have five remaining junior varsity matches on their 2013 schedule, including a home match versus in-state rival Mount Marty on Oct. 3. Dakota State will play three straight matches on the road, starting at Mayville State on Oct. 11. The Trojans will make stops in Jamestown on Oct. 12 and Concordia (Neb.) on Oct. 18 before returning home for the final home match against Dakota Wesleyan on Oct. 23.
COACHES' CORNER: Amy Veenhof enters her fifth season as head coach at Dakota State. She has coached three all-conference players and seven NAIA Academic All-American scholar athletes. Her teams had been named to NAIA Scholar Team three times. Megan Kusler is in her second season as an assistant coach. Tom Mettler enters his first year as a student assistant coach.
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Dakota State volleyball and athletics all season long at www.dsuathletics.com. The Trojans are also on Twitter; just log onto www.twitter.com/GoDaSUAthletics. The Dakota State University Athletics can be found on Facebook on https://www.facebook.com/DSUTrojanAthletics.
WATCH & LISTEN: Dakota State will be carrying a live video and audio broadcast of the volleyball varsity match versus Saint Mary (Neb.). Go to http://streaming.dsu.edu/Athletics-Live to watch the match. Jon Hunter, the Voice of the Trojans, will do the audio broadcast for DSU Athletics home events this season. The links also will be available on www.dsuathletics.com on the 'Live Games' tab above the 'Upcoming Events.'
LIVE STATS/PLAY-BY-PLAY: Dakota State will be providing the live stats/play-by-play in volleyball this week. Go to http://www.dakstats.com/WebSync/Pages/Team/TeamSchedule.aspx?association=10&sg=WVB&sea=NAIWVB_2013&team=1962 and click on the letter 'W'. The link also will be available on www.dsuathletics.com on the 'Live Games' tab above the 'Upcoming Events.'
UP NEXT: Dakota State remains home next week as they host in-state rival Mount Marty on Thursday, Oct. 3. Both teams will meet for the third time this season with the Lancers winning the previous two matches in Yankton and Peru, Neb. There will be a junior varsity match at 6 p.m. with the varsity match to follow at 7:30 p.m. Both matches take place at the DSU Fieldhouse in Madison, S.D. Farmer's Night is the theme.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director