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Volleyball - Wed, Sep. 27, 2017

September 26, 2017

YANKTON, S.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) kicked off their six-match road trip Tuesday evening, visiting in-state rival Mount Marty (S.D.) in a non-conference volleyball match at Cimpl Arena.  The Lancers defeated the Trojans in four sets by the scores of 27-25, 25-19, 22-25 and 25-16.

Dakota State is 4-15 overall record.  Mount Marty improved to 8-7 overall record.  The Trojans defeated the Lancers in four sets earlier this month at the Corn Palace.  Both teams will play for the third meeting on Oct. 19 at DSU Fieldhouse.


Dakota State and Mount Marty went through a see-saw battle in the opening set.  Knotted at 18-18, the Trojans used a 5-1 scoring run to open up a 23-19 lead.  With DSU leading 24-22, the Lancers saved two set points to tie at 24-24.  Carly Rozell smashed a kill to give the Trojans a 25-24 lead, but MMC closed the first set with a 3-0 run for 27-25 lead and 1-0 match lead.  Mount Marty outhit Dakota State 16-11 in the first set.


The Lancers raced to a 12-3 lead in the second set and never looked back.  Mount Marty won the second set by the score of 25-19 to extend their match lead to 2-0.  The Lancers hit .205 (13 kills with 5 errors in 39 attempts) while the Trojans recorded a hitting percentage of .103 (11 kills with 7 errors in 39 attempts).


Tied at 21-21 in the third set, Dakota State extended the match into the fourth set by using a 4-1 scoring run for 25-22 victory.  The Trojans recorded a hitting percentage of .281 (11 kills with 2 errors in 32 attempts) compared to the Lancers .242 hitting percentage (15 kills with 7 errors in 33 attempts).


Mount Marty held a slim 13-12 lead over Dakota State in the fourth set.  The Lancers secured the match by closing the fourth set with a 12-4 scoring surge for a 25-16 victory.  MMC outhit DSU 15-6 in the fourth set.


Samantha Zell led the Trojans with 12 kills and hit .214 in the match.  She also had four block assists and a solo block.  Rozell added nine kills (.242 hitting percentage) and collected 10 digs.  She tallied four block assists.  Maddie Polzin and Kaylee Spreier (.400 hitting efficiency) each had six kills.  Polzin had three service aces.  Spreier had four block assists.

Rachel Johnson posted her fifth double-double of the season, recording 18 set assists and 13 digs for DSU.  Kendra Steffen added 14 assists and 7 digs.  Polzin and Jazmayne Williams each registered 10 digs. 

Three MMC players recorded double-digit kills, led by Laura Cattle with 20 kills (.220 hitting percentage).  Elizabeth Watchorn added 15 kills (.243 hitting efficiency).  Mikaela Ahrendt had 10 hills (.429 hitting percentage). 

Lindsey Jaixen produced a match-high 51 assists for the Lancers.  Taylor Murtha had 15 digs and 3 service aces.  Watchorn and Brooke Bennett each added two service aces. 

Maura Lysne led Mount Marty's defense with 16 digs.  Morgan Hay added 14 digs.

Mount Marty outhit Dakota State 59-39.  The Lancers hit .226 (24 errors in 155 attempts) compared to the Trojans .151 hitting efficiency (18 errors in 139 attempts). 

DSU recorded nine team blocks while MMC had two blocks.  The Lancers had 75 digs compared to the Trojans 63 digs.


Dakota State continues their six-match road trip this weekend in North Dakota.  The Trojans return back to North Star Athletic Association conference action, visiting Dickinson State (N.D.) on Friday evening.  First serve from the Scott Gymnasium is set for 7 p.m. (Central Time)/6 p.m. (Mountain Time) in Dickinson, N.D.

On Saturday, DSU travels to No. 23-ranked Jamestown (N.D.) at Hansen Center.  The North Star conference match is set for 4 p.m. in Jamestown, N.D.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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