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Volleyball - Fri, Aug. 25, 2017

August 25, 2017

ORANGE CITY, Iowa – The Dakota State University (S.D.) Trojan Volleyball team opened their 2017 season with a pair of losses on the first day of the Red Raider Classic, hosted by Northwestern (Iowa) at Bultman Center.  The Trojans were swept by Briar Cliff (Iowa) (25-17, 25-11 and 25-9) and No. 15-ranked Doane (Neb.) (25-23, 25-15 and 25-17).

Dakota State fell to 0-2 overall record.  Briar Cliff won their season opener, while Doane improved to 5-1 overall record.

The Trojans conclude their two-day tournament with a pair of matches Saturday morning, facing No. 2-ranked Dordt (Iowa) at 9 a.m. and Morningside (Iowa) at 11 a.m.

Briar Cliff (Iowa) 3, Dakota State (S.D.) 0 – FINAL

The Chargers and Trojans went through 8 ties in the early set.  Knotted at 12-12, BCU took a 1-0 match lead after closing the first set with a 13-4 scoring run. 

Briar Cliff raced to a 15-4 lead in the second set and never looked back, cruising to a 25-11 set two win and a 2-0 match lead.  The Chargers hit .522 in the second set (14 kills with 2 errors in 23 attempts) while holding the Trojans to negative .034 hitting percentage (9 kills with 10 errors in 29 attempts).

BCU used a strong closing run in the final set, outscoring DSU 17-3 after taking an 8-6 lead and secured the match. 

Carly Rozell led the Trojans' offense with 11 kills.  Samantha Zell and Maddie Polzin each added three kills.  Rachel Johnson and Kendra Steffen each produced nine set assists.

Alwaise Villa collected nine digs for DSU.  Rozell had seven digs.

Keely Woods smashed .421 hitting percentage with 10 kills and 1 errors in 19 attempts for Briar Cliff.  Delany Meyer had 20 assists, while Laura Barry had 19 set assists.  Breanne Hankins recorded 12 digs.

Briar Cliff outhit Dakota State 42-22 in the match.  The Chargers hit .337 (9 errors in 98 attempts), while the Trojans hit a minus .020 hitting percentage (24 errors in 98 attempts).

BCU had 13 blocks compared to DSU 4 blocks.

(15) Doane (Neb.) 3, Dakota State (S.D.) 0 – FINAL

Doane scored five straight points to open the second match of the day over Dakota State at the Recreation Student Center gym area.  The Trojans answered back by using a 7-1 run to grab a 7-6 lead.  From there, both Tigers and Trojans battled back-and-forth with the lead no more than three points.

Trailing 22-19, DSU scored four consecutive points thanks to Tigers' miscues.  The Trojans held a 23-22 lead, forcing Doane to burn their final timeout of the first set.  The Tigers scored the final two points to earn a 25-23 victory and a 1-0 match lead.

Doane took set two 25-15 and set three 25-17 to complete a three-set sweep over Dakota State.

Rozell hit .249 in the match with 10 kills with 3 errors in 29 attempts for the Trojans.  She moved in third all-time career kills at Dakota State with 1,127 kills, surpassing Caitlin Pick (1,112 career kills) and Stephanie Kruggel (1,122 kills). 

Polzin added seven kills for DSU.  Johnson contributed 21 assists.  Mallory Testerman had 11 digs.

Maci Coffey led the Tigers' offense with 16 kills.  Madison VanHousen hit .667 with 12 kills in 18 attempts.  Alex Neff had a double-double of 31 set assists and 10 digs. 

Erin Warren had 15 digs for DU.  Allison Kuenle had 10 digs.

Doane outhit Dakota State 51-32 in the match.  The Tigers hit .357 while the Trojans hit .190.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Informatino Director

 
 
 
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