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Volleyball - Fri, Sep. 29, 2017

September 29, 2017

DICKINSON, N.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) continued their six-match road stretch Friday evening, visiting Dickinson State (N.D.) in a North Star Athletic Association volleyball contest at Scott Gymnasium.  The Trojans were swept by the Blue Hawks by the scores of 25-22, 25-19 and 25-12.

Dakota State fell to 4-16 overall record.  Dickinson State (N.D.) improved to 4-9 overall record.  Both teams are 2-3 record in the North Star conference play.


With the Trojans leading 9-7 in the opening set, the Blue Hawks went on to score seven straight points to grab a 14-9 lead.  Dakota State could not get any closer than two points at 23-21 and 24-22, securing a 1-0 match lead for Dickinson State with a 25-22 victory.  DiSU had 12 kills in the first set compared to DaSU 10 kills.


Dakota State held a 5-3 lead in the second set before Dickinson State used a 7-2 scoring run to earn a 10-7 lead.  The Blue Hawks outhit the Trojans 15-7 in the second set, extending their match lead to 2-0 after a 25-19 victory.  DiSU hit .33 (15 kills with 6 errors in 27 attempts) while holding DaSU to .000 hitting efficiency (7 kills with 7 errors in 28 attempts).


Dickinson State raced to an 8-2 lead and never looked back.  The Blue Hawks finished off with a 17-10 run for a 25-12 victory, securing a 3-0 match victory over the Trojans.


Samantha Zell and Carly Rozell each smashed six kills for DaSU.  Kaylee Spreier added five kills.  Rachel Johnson produced 14 set assists.  Kendra Steffen added five assists. 

Rozell registered three service aces for the Trojans.  Bailee Steffensen and Alwaise Villa each collected five digs.  Spreier had two solo blocks and a block assist.  Zell and Rozell each recorded a solo block.

Ellie Hanser led the Blue Hawks with 10 kills and a hitting percentage of .444.  Kylie Hadley added nine kills.  Shelby Gustafson had seven kills.

Brianna Holland contributed 16 assists, while Keera Stookey added 12 assists for Dickinson State.  Shaylee Singleton and Kylie Hadley each led the Blue Hawks' defense with eight digs.

Alli Hert and Gustafson each had three service aces for DiSU.  Makenzie Digesualdo and Holland each had two service aces.  Gustafson registered three solo blocks and two block assists.

Dickinson State smashed 35 kills in the match compared to Dakota State 21 kills.  The Blue Hawks hit .257 (16 kills in 74 attempts) while the Trojans hit .000 (21 errors in 91 attempts).

DiSU was 90.4 percent from the serving line, producing 10 service aces and committed 7 errors.  DaSU struggled from the serving line, committing 8 errors in 55 attempts (85.5 percent).  The Trojans had three service aces. 

Dickinson State had seven blocks compared to Dakota State five blocks.  The Blue Hawks recorded 43 digs while the Trojans collected 20 digs.


Dakota State stays on the road Saturday afternoon.  The Trojans travel to No. 23-ranked Jamestown (N.D.) in another North Star Athletic Association conference action.  First serve is set for 4 p.m. at the Hansen Center in Jamestown, N.D.

Dickinson State (N.D.) stays home Saturday evening, hosting No. 19-ranked Bellevue (Neb.) at 6 p.m. (Mountain Time).

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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