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Volleyball - Sat, Sep. 30, 2017

September 30, 2017

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) won the first set over No. 23-ranked Jamestown (N.D.) in the North Star Athletic Association volleyball conference action at Hansen Center Saturday afternoon.  The Jimmies answered back by winning the next three sets, securing a 3-1 match victory over the Trojans (20-25, 25-23, 25-12 and 25-19).

Dakota State dropped their overall record to 4-17 and 2-4 record in North Star conference play.  Jamestown raised their overall record to 11-6 and 4-1 NSAA conference record.


Dakota State opened up with a 4-1 lead, but Jamestown answered with a 9-2 scoring outburst to grab a 10-6 lead.  The Trojans outscored the Jimmies 9-3 to regain their lead at 15-13.  Leading 22-20, DSU closed out the first set by scoring three straight points – thanks to a pair of kills by Carly Rozell – for a 25-20 victory and 1-0 match lead.  UJ outhit DSU 11-8 in the first set.  The Trojans hit .167 (4 errors in 24 attempts) while holding the Jimmies to .071 hitting efficiency (9 errors in 28 attempts). 


DSU opened up the second set with an 11-5 lead.  With DSU leading 16-12, the Jimmies answered back with a 5-0 run for a 17-16 lead.  Knotted at 23-23, UJ scored the final two points to secure a 25-23 victory and tied the match at 1-1.  Dakota State outhit Jamestown 12-11 in the second set.  The Jimmies hit .188 (5 errors in 32 attempts) compared to the Trojans .029 hitting percentage (11 errors in 35 attempts).


Jamestown cruised in the third set, earning a 2-1 match lead after a 25-12 victory.  With UJ leading 14-9, the Jimmies scored nine straight points and never looked back.  The Jimmies registered a hitting percentage of .429 (12 kills with 3 errors in 21 attempts) in the third set.  The Trojans had a negative .120 hitting efficiency (6 kills with 9 errors in 25 attempts).


Tied at 7-7 in the fourth set, the Jimmies went on to score four straight points for an 11-7 lead and never looked back.  The Trojans could get no closer than three points at 11-8 as UJ pulled out for a 3-1 match victory after recording a 25-19 win.  Jamestown smashed 20 kills in the fourth set (.400 hitting percentage) while Dakota State registered 11 kills (.216 hitting efficiency).


Samantha Zell and Rozell each smashed nine kills for Dakota State.  Kaylee Spreier added seven kills.  Maddie Polzin and Jazmayne Williams each had four kills.  Kendra Steffen produced 14 assists, while Rachel Johnson added 13 assists.

Alwaise Villa led the Trojans with 11 digs.  She recorded three service aces.  Johnson and Williams each had seven digs.  Polzin, Johnson and Rozell each had a service ace.

Rozell registered a solo block and four block assists for DSU.  Zell added a solo block and three block assists. 

Jessica Velander led the Jimmies with 13 kills.  Morgan Hensch added 11 kills.  Madison Wendel had nine kills.  Haley Glasoe recorded eight kills.  Whitney King contributed 21 assists, while Josie Beckman posted a double-double of 19 assists and 12 digs.

Elise Peterson collected 23 digs for UJ's defense.  Meghan Orr added 10 digs.  Britta Knudson and King each recorded two service aces.  Glasoe had a solo block and five block assists.  Wendel registered three solo blocks and three block assists.

Jamestown outhit Dakota State 54-37 in the match.  The Jimmies hit .248 (18 errors in 145 attempts) compared to the Trojans .083 hitting percentage (27 errors in 121 attempts). 

Both teams recorded six service aces.  The Trojans had a better serving percentage, recording 96.3 percent with three errors in 80 attempts.  The Jimmies committed six service errors in 94 serves (93.6 percent).

UJ collected 65 digs while DSU had 45 digs.  The Jimmies had 13 blocks compared to the Trojans 9 blocks.


Dakota State continues their six-match road trip with a pair of North Star conference matches next weekend.  The Trojans face another nationally-ranked opponent, visiting No. 2-ranked Viterbo (Wis.) on Friday.  First serve is set for 7 p.m. at R.W. Beggs Gymnasium in La Crosse, Wis.

Next Saturday (Oct. 7), DSU travels to Hanson Fieldhouse for the North Star conference match with Waldorf (Iowa). The match is set for 4 p.m. in Forest City, Iowa.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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