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Volleyball - Sun, Sep. 3, 2017

September 2, 2017

MITCHELL, S.D. – College of Saint Mary (Neb.) saved two match points by Dakota State (S.D.) in the fifth set Saturday evening in the Corn Palace Classic.  The Flames held on to defeat the Trojans in a five-set thriller by the scores of 22-25, 25-18, 25-23, 16-25 and 18-16.

Dakota State fell to 1-6 overall record.  CSM improved to 3-3 overall record.

The Trojans erased a three-point deficit late in the first set.  Trailing 22-19, DSU scored six consecutive points to secure the first set by the score of 25-22 to earn a 1-0 match lead.  The Flames were held to minus .028 hitting percentage (9 kills with 10 errors in 36 attempts) while the Trojans hit .139 (11 kills with 6 errors in 36 attempts).

Knotted at 7-7 in the second set, College of Saint Mary used an 8-0 scoring spurt for a 15-7 lead.  The Flames never looked back as they tied the match at 1-1 after a 25-18 set two victory.

Dakota State used a fast start in the third set by opening up with a 4-0 lead.  With DSU leading at 19-14, CSM closed the third set by with an 11-4 scoring run for a 25-23 victory and 2-1 match lead.

At 11-8 in the fourth set, the Trojans expanded their lead to 18-8 after using a 7-0 run.  Dakota State forced the fifth set after winning the fourth set by the score of 25-16.  DSU hit .222 in the set (14 kills with 6 errors in 36 attempts) while holding the Flames to .056 hitting efficiency (9 kills with 7 errors in 36 attempts).

Down 13-9 in the fifth and deciding set, Dakota State answered back by scoring five straight points to earn a match point at 14-13.  The Flames saved DSU's match point by scoring the next two points to earn a 15-14 lead.

After a timeout called by DSU, College of Saint Mary committed a service error to tie at 15-15.  Jaz Williams smashed a kill on the next rally to give Trojans another match point at 16-15.

The Flames tied it up at 16-16 after a kill by Alle Majerus.  CSM secured the match victory after DSU committed a pair of attacking errors.  The Flames outhit the Trojans 11-3 in the final set.

Two DSU players recorded double figures in kills, led by Carly Rozell with 15 kills.  Samantha Zell tallied 10 kills.  Maddie Polzin had nine kills.  Jaz Williams recorded six kills. 

Rachel Johnson posted a double-double of 19 set assists and 14 digs for DSU.  Kendra Steffen produced 15 assists.

Mallory Testerman registered 18 digs for the Trojans' defense.  Bailee Steffensen added 14 digs.  Polzin and Johnson each had three service aces.

Rozell had two solo blocks and seven block assists for Dakota State.  Zell added two solo blocks and five block assists.  Kaylee Spreier registered three solo blocks and four block assists.

Dani Carlson led the Flames with a double-double of 12 kills and 15 assists.  Majerus added 11 kills.  MacKenzie Melton tallied 10 kills.

Natalie Patten contributed a double-double of 26 assists and 11 digs for College of Saint Mary.  Emily Pongratz had a match-high 30 digs.  Payton Robley had 19 digs. 

CSM outhit DSU 57-48 in the match.  The Flames committed 36 attack errors in 175 attempts (.120 hitting percentage) compared to the Trojans 31 attack errors in 168 attempts (.101 hitting efficiency).

Dakota State had a season-high 16 blocks despite the loss.  College of Saint Mary had eight blocks.  The Trojans recorded eight service aces and nine serving errors.  The Flames registered 4 aces and 14 service errors.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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