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Volleyball - Fri, Sep. 22, 2017

September 22, 2017

PHOTO GALLERYJunior Varsity - Varsity Photo credits by Cody Welu

MADISON, S.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) smashed a season-high 70 kills Friday evening, earning a 3-2 (26-24, 20-25, 26-24, 16-25 and 15-5) thriller over Mayville State (N.D.) in a North Star Athletic Association volleyball conference contest at DSU Fieldhouse.  The Trojans also earned their first home victory of the season.

Dakota State won their second straight North Star conference match, raising their overall record to 4-13 and 2-1 record in North Star conference play.  Mayville State fell to 2-14 overall record and 0-2 NSAA conference record. 


The Comets opened up with an 11-7 lead before the Trojans rallied back to tie at 11-11.  After MSU regained their lead at 16-14, DSU went on an 8-0 scoring run to grab a 22-16 lead.  At 24-21, Mayville State saved three DSU's set point to knot at 24-24.  The Trojans secured the final two points of the first set, thanks to a kill and a solo block by Samantha Zell for 26-24 victory.  DSU grabbed its first lead of the match at 1-0.  Dakota State hit .212 in the opening set (15 kills with 4 errors in 52 attempts), while Mayville State had 16 kills and committed 10 attack errors in 48 attempts for a hitting percentage of .125.


Tied at 14-14 in the second set, the Comets used a 6-2 scoring run to earn a 4-point lead at 20-16.  The Trojans could get no closer than two points at 22-20 as MSU finished the second set by scoring three straight points for a 25-20 victory.  The Comets tied the match at 1-1.  MSU only had 8 kills with 1 error in 42 attempts (.167 hitting efficiency).  DSU smashed 18 kills in the second set, but committed 13 attack errors in 53 attempts (.094 hitting percentage).


Trailing 14-8 in the third set, Dakota State erased their deficit by rallying back with a 13-6 scoring run to regain their lead at 21-20.  The Comets answered back by scoring three straight points to take a 23-21 lead, forcing the Trojans to use their final timeout of the third set.  DSU came out of the time out and scored three consecutive points – by three kills from three different DSU players (Zell, Gabby Herlyn and Jazmayne Williams) for a 24-23 lead.  MSU tied up at 24-24 before DSU scored its final two points for a 2-1 match lead.  A kill by Herlyn gave the Trojans a 25-24 lead and took advantage by MSU's attack error by Hannah Bliss for a 26-24 victory.  Dakota State outhit Mayville State 16-10 in the third set.  The Trojans hit .256 while holding the Comets to .051 hitting percentage.


Mayville State cruised to a 25-16 fourth set victory to force the fifth and deciding set with Dakota State.  The Comets hit .205 in the set (14 kills with 5 errors in 44 attempts) while the Trojans hit. 000 (9 kills with 9 errors in 46 attempts).


The Trojans took advantage of the fast start in the fifth and deciding set, racing to a 7-3 lead.  DSU secured the match by closing the match with an 8-2 scoring outburst for a 15-5 victory.  Dakota State smashed 12 kills and hit an impressive .429 hitting percentage in the final set.  Mayville State was held to negative .048 hitting efficiency, recording just 2 kills with 3 errors in 21 attempts.


Three Dakota State players hit double digits kills in the match.  Zell and Rozell each smashed 16 kills.  Spreier added 15 kills and recorded a hitting percentage of .333.  Herlyn had nine kills.  Maddie Polzin and Williams each tallied seven kills.

Kendra Steffen produced 30 set assists for the Trojans.  Rachel Johnson posted a double-double of 26 assists and 15 digs.  Williams registered 24 digs and 2 service aces.  Mallory Testerman collected 23 digs.  Bailee Steffensen had 10 digs. 

Spreier had seven block assists for DSU.  Herlyn added five block assists.  Zell had a solo block and four block assists.  Polzin, Rozell and Williams each recorded two block assists.

Hannah Bliss led the Comets with 15 kills.  Makenzie Bring added nine kills.  Cassidy Miller had eight kills and contributed 28 assists.  Jayden Warner had 2 service aces and 28 digs.

TaLise Hansen tallied 28 digs for MSU.  Mason hart and Bring each had 14 digs.  Whitney Janu and Miller each registered four block assists.

Dakota State outhit Mayville State 70-50 in the match.  The Trojans hit .167 (34 errors in 215 attempts) compared to the Comets .119 hitting percentage (27 errors in 194 attempts).  MSU had 101 digs while DSU recorded a season-high 100 digs.

The Trojans collected 12 blocks compared to the Comets 8 blocks.

DSU was 90.3 percent from the serving line, committing 10 errors in 103 serves.  MSU had a service percentage of 98.1 percent, registering just two service errors in 103 attempts.


Dakota State continues their North Star conference action Saturday afternoon with a homecoming match.  The Trojans welcome Valley City State (N.D.) with the first serve set for 1:30 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse.

Mayville State heads south to Bellevue, Neb. for a triangular.  The Comets face No. 19-ranked Bellevue (Neb.) in a North Star contest at 12 noon, followed by a non-conference match-up with Grace (Neb.) at 2 p.m.  Both of those matches will be held at Gordon Lozier Athletic Center.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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