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Volleyball - Sat, Aug. 26, 2017

August 26, 2017

ORANGE CITY, Iowa – Dakota State (S.D.) continued their challenging schedule on the second day of the Northwestern (Iowa) Red Raiders Volleyball Classic Saturday at Recreation Student Center.  The Trojan fell to No. 2-ranked and 2016 NAIA Volleyball National runner-up Dordt (Iowa) in three straight sets (25-17, 25-11 and 25-20) and concluded the tournament with a four-set loss to Morningside (Iowa) (25-13, 25-14, 23-25, 25-20).

Dakota State dropped their overall record to 0-4.  Dordt raised their overall record to 6-2, while Morningside improved to 4-3.

DSU returns back to Orange City Wednesday evening, visiting No. 13-ranked Northwestern (Iowa).  The junior varsity match starts at 6 p.m. with the varsity contest to follow at 7:30 p.m.  The matches will be held at the Bultman Center.

(2) Dordt (Iowa) 3, Dakota State (S.D.) 0 – FINAL

Dakota State could not take advantage of their fast start, roaring to a 7-1 lead versus nationally-ranked No. 2 Dordt in the first match of the day.  DSU recorded a kill by Carly Rozell, Sami Zell, a pair of blocks and a pair of service aces by Mallory Testerman during their scoring run.

The Defenders answered back with a 17-5 spurt after their timeout, gaining an 18-12 lead over the Trojans.  Dordt went on to close the first set with a 25-17 victory and a 1-0 match lead.

DC outhit DSU 16-5 in the second set, extending their match lead to 2-0 after a 25-11 victory.

The Trojans held a 19-18 lead in the third set, but the Defenders secured the match by using a 7-1 scoring run for a 25-20 win.

Maddie Polzin smashed nine kills for Dakota State.  Rozell added six kills and three service aces.  Rachel Johnson contributed 10 set assists.  Kendra Steffen had eight assists.

Gabby Herlyn led the Trojans' defense with 11 digs.  She had two block assists.  Kaylee Spreier registered four block assists.

Ema Altena and Leah Kamp each had 12 kills for Dordt.  Jamie Gesink tallied 33 assists.  Summer Jansen had 14 digs, while Aubrey Drake had 10 digs.

Dordt outhit Dakota State 44-22.  Both teams had four blocks in the match.

(RV) Morningside (Iowa) 3, Dakota State (S.D.) 1 – FINAL

Leading 10-9 in the first set, Morningside (Iowa) used a strong 15-4 scoring run for a 25-11 victory and a 1-0 match lead. 

The Trojans were held to .000 hitting percentage in the second set, recording 10 kills with 10 errors in 44 attempts.  The Mustangs went on to extend their lead to 2-0 after a 25-14 victory.

Dakota State raced to a 17-9 lead in the third set and held off Morningside's late rally.  The Trojans held on to a 25-23 set three victory, extending the match into the fourth set.

The Mustangs kicked off the fourth set by scoring eight straight points and never looked back.  MC sealed the match by winning the fourth set by the score of 25-20.

Polzin led the Trojans' offense with nine kills.  Herlyn added eight kills.  Rozell and Zell each had seven kills.  Johnson produced 18 assists, while Steffen added 15 assists.  Johnson posted a double-double with 11 digs.  Testerman had 12 digs and two service aces.  Rozell registered 10 digs.

Emma Gerber led the Mustangs with 11 kills.  Krista Zenk had nine kills.  Callie Alberico had 26 assists.  Nikki Oberfoell tallied 21 digs. 

Morningside had 51 kills compared to Dakota State 38 kills.  The Mustangs had 11 blocks, while the Trojans recorded 6 blocks.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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