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Valley City State University
Volleyball - Sat, Sep. 23, 2017

September 23, 2017


Photo credits by Cody Welu and Donald Weidler

MADISON, S.D. – After Dakota State (S.D.) took a 1-0 volleyball match lead Saturday afternoon at DSU Fieldhouse, Valley City State (N.D.) hit at least .235 or better to win the next three sets for a 3-1 North Star conference victory.  The Vikings won by the scores of 22-25, 25-23, 25-14 and 25-22.

Dakota State, who was playing their Trojan Day homecoming volleyball match Saturday, fell to 4-14 overall record and 2-2 record in North Star conference play.  Valley City State improved to 7-7 overall record and 1-2 NSAA record.


The Trojans and Vikings went through a see-saw battle to open the first set.  Trailing 12-11, Dakota State scored six straight points to take a 16-12 lead.  Valley City State answered back with a 6-0 run to regain their lead at 18-16.  Down by two points at 21-19, DSU used a monstrous 6-1 run to earn a 25-22 set one victory and 1-0 match lead.  Carly Rozell closed out the first set with a service ace for the Trojans.  DSU hit .200 (12 kills with 4 errors in 40 attempts), while VCSU recorded a .184 hitting percentage (13 kills with 6 errors in 38 attempts).


After falling behind at 14-13, Dakota State used a 4-0 scoring run to take a 17-14 lead and forced Valley City State to use one of their timeouts.  VCSU went on an 8-3 run to take a 22-20 lead after the timeout.  DSU answered back to tie the second set at 23-23.  The Vikings knotted the match at 1-1 after a kill by Paige Benson and block by Autumn Johnson/Megan Johnson for a 25-23 victory.  Both teams had 11 kills in the second set.  VCSU hit .235 after committing just 3 attack errors in 34 attempts, while DSU registered a hitting percentage of .118 with 7 errors in 34 attempts.


Valley City State dominated the third set by racking to a 14-6 lead over Dakota State.  The Vikings secured the third set by hitting .393 (14 kills with 3 errors in 28 attempts), cruising to a 25-14 victory and 2-1 match lead.  The Trojans had 7 kills and committed 7 attack errors in 27 attempts (.000 hitting percentage).


The Vikings jumped to a 10-5 lead in the fourth set.  The Trojans answered with a 10-5 run to knot at 15-15, forcing VCSU to call timeout.  The Vikings went on a 7-2 scoring tear for a 22-17 lead.  Dakota State could get no closer than two points at 24-22 as VCSU secured the match with a 25-22 victory.  The Vikings outhit the Trojans 16-9 in the fourth set.  Valley City State hit .286 (6 errors in 35 attempts) while holding Dakota State to .143 hitting percentage (5 errors in 28 attempts).


Samantha Zell led Dakota State's offense attack with 11 kills.  She hit .429 in the match.  Maddie Polzin added nine kills.  Rozell had eight kills.  Kaylee Spreier tallied seven kills. 

Rachel Johnson produced 19 assists for the Trojans.  Kendra Steffen added 15 assists.  Rozell collected 15 digs and two block assists.  Jazmayne Williams had 13 digs.  Spreier recorded three block assists and a solo block.  Steffen and Rozell each had a service ace. 

Megan Johnson smashed 15 kills and hit .583 in the match for Valley City State.  Clarissa Olson added 10 kills and registered .300 hitting percentage.  Taylor Sharp had eight kills.  Rowan Garcia contributed 39 assists.  Leah Ruter added 10 assists.

Hailie Wilds led the Vikings' defense with 20 digs.  Garcia had three service aces.  Sharp and Wilds each recorded two service aces.  Olson had five block assists and a solo block.  Megan Johnson had four block assists.

VCSU outhit DSU 54-39 in the match.  The Vikings hit .267 with 18 errors in 135 attempts compared to the Trojans .124 hitting percentage with 23 attack errors in 129 attempts. 

The Vikings produced 10 service aces, but committed 17 service errors for an 82.3 service percentage.  The Trojans were 90.6 percent from the serving line with two aces and eight service errors.

Valley City State had nine blocks compared to Dakota State five blocks.


Dakota State begins their six-match road trip with three matches next week.  The Trojans step aside their North Star conference play Tuesday evening, visiting Mount Marty (S.D.) at Cimpl Arena.  There will be a junior varsity match at 6 p.m., followed by a varsity match at 7:30 p.m. in Yankton.

Valley City State returns home next weekend as they host No. 2-ranked Viterbo (Wis.) Friday and Waldorf (Iowa) next Saturday.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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