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Volleyball - Thu, Sep. 14, 2017

September 14, 2017

BELLEVUE, Neb. – Dakota State (S.D.) could not take advantage on No. 21-ranked Bellevue's (Neb.) miscues – 35 attack errors and 10 serving errors – Thursday evening, falling short 3-1 in the North Star Athletic Association Volleyball conference opener at Gordon Lozier Center.  The Bruins won by the scores of 25-15, 16-25, 25-21 and 25-16.

Dakota State dropped their overall record to 2-12 and 0-1 NSAA conference record.  Bellevue, who swept Waldorf (Iowa) in three straight sets in their conference opener Wednesday, raised their overall record to 12-3 and 2-0 record in North Star conference play.

Dakota State will face another NAIA's Top 25 nationally ranked team Friday evening.  The Trojans visit No. 24-ranked Morningside (Iowa) in a non-conference action at RVSC-Allee Gym.  First serve is set for 6 p.m. in Sioux City, Iowa.


Tied at 5-5 in the first set, the Bruins used a 16-5 scoring tear to grab the biggest lead at 21-10.  The Trojans could not get no closer than eight points on three different occasions as BU earn a 1-0 match lead with a 25-15 victory.  Bellevue outhit Dakota Stat 14-5 in the first set.


After Bellevue scored its first two points of the second set, Dakota State went on a 5-0 scoring surge to take a 5-2 lead.  During the scoring run, DSU had a kill by Kaylee Spreier and Maddie Polzin as well as a pair of block assists by Spreier and Gabby Herlyn.  Holding a 13-11, the Trojans closed the second set with a 12-5 run for a 25-16 victory and tied the match at 1-1.  DSU hit an impressive .379 in the set (13 kills with 2 errors in 29 attempts), while holding BU to .029 hitting percentage (10 kills with 9 errors in 34 attempts).


The Bruins scored the first two points of the third set and never looked back as they won by the score of 25-21 for a 2-1 match lead.  Bellevue hit .194 in the third set (14 kills with 8 errors in 31 attempts) compared to Dakota State .036 hitting efficiency (6 kills with 5 errors in 28 attempts).


A total of 20 attack combined errors by BU and DSU occurred in the fourth set, with the Bruins earning a 25-16 and secured the match.  Bellevue registered a total of 14 kills, but committed 11 attack errors in 42 attempts (.071 hitting percentage).  Dakota State had 3 kills with 9 errors in 28 attempts (negative .214 hitting percentage).


Samantha Zell led the Trojans' offensive attack with six kills.  Spreier, Herlyn and Polzin each added five kills.  Carly Rozell recorded four kills.  Rachel Johnson contributed 13 assists.  Kendra Steffen added 10 assists. 

Jazmayne Williams led the Trojans' defense with 13 digs.  Rozell added 10 digs.  Mallory Testerman had nine digs.  Rozell, Polzin, Johnson and Testerman each registered a service ace.

Spreier led DSU with six block assists.  Herlyn had five block assists.  Zell recorded four block assists.

Shayla Scanlan smashed 14 kills for Bellevue.  Mikaylah Gillespie added 10 kills.  Maddie Squiers produced 38 set assists and 8 kills.  Cheyenne Mahnke had 17 digs for the Bruins.

Emma Myers recorded seven kills and four block assists for BU.

Bellevue outhit Dakota State 52-27 in the match.  The Bruins hit .118 (52 kills with 35 errors in 144 attempts) compared to the Trojans' .033 hitting efficiency (27 kills with 23 errors in 123 attempts).  DSU had 10 blocks while the Burins had 6 blocks.

Both teams will meet for the second North Star meeting on October 14 at DSU Fieldhouse.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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