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Volleyball - Wed, Oct. 11, 2017

October 11, 2017

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) kicked off their second-half portion of the North Star conference volleyball schedule Wednesday evening, visiting Valley City State (N.D.) at Graichen Gymnasium.  The Trojans concluded their six-match road trip, falling short to the Vikings in a five-set thriller.  VCSU won by the scores of 26-24, 16-25, 25-15, 25-27 and 15-11.

Dakota State is 5-19 overall record and 3-6 record in North Star conference play.  Valley City State is 11-9 overall record and 5-4 NSAA conference record.  The Vikings swept the season series with the Trojans, winning the first meeting this season in four sets on Sept. 23 in Madison, S.D.


Trailing 7-3 in the opening set, Dakota State took advantage of Valley City State's five attack errors (including a solo block by Samantha Zell) as part of 7-0 scoring outburst for 10-7 lead.  VCSU answered back with an 8-1 run to overtake a 15-11 lead.  Down 19-15, DSU scored seven straight points (three points from Carly Rozell's service aces) to gain a 22-19 lead. 

Valley City State saved Dakota State's set point and scored the final three points of the first set for a 26-24 victory.  VCSU outhit DSU 16-6 in the opening set to earn a 1-0 match lead.


Dakota State used a strong scoring surge to earn a 1-1 match lead after the second set.  Tied at 13-13, the Trojans closed the second set with a 12-3 outburst for a 25-16 victory.  Dakota State smashed 13 kills compared to Valley City State seven kills.  The Vikings committed 10 attack errors in the second set, hitting minus .077.


Valley City State held a 13-11 lead in the third set.  The Vikings closed the third set with a 12-4 run, cruising to a 25-15 victory and a 2-1 match lead.  DSU and VCSU each registered eight kills in the set.  The Trojans committed nine attack errors in 45 attempts (negative .022 hitting percentage) compared to the Vikings three errors in 36 attempts (.139 hitting efficiency).


With DSU leading 13-12, VCSU used a 7-1 scoring run to grab a 19-14 lead.  The Trojans roared back with a 10-3 run to earn a set point at 24-22.  Valley City State answered back by scoring three straight points for a 25-24 lead.

The Trojans regained their lead at 26-25 after two consecutive attack errors by the Vikings.  DSU forced the fifth set and deciding set after a kill by Rozell (assisted by Rachel Johnson), securing a 27-25 victory.

DSU outhit VCSU 13-12 in the fourth set.  The Trojans hit .200 (6 attack errors in 35 attempts) compared to the Vikings .075 hitting efficiency (9 attack errors in 40 attempts).


DSU and VCSU were tied at 7-7 in the fifth and deciding set.  The Vikings went on a 6-0 scoring tear to gain a 13-7 lead.  The Trojans could not get no closer than three points as VCSU secured a five-set thriller by winning the fifth set 15-11.

VCSU smashed 10 kills in the fifth set, while DSU had 6 kills.  The Vikings hit .500 (2 attack errors in 16 attempts) compared to the Trojans' .357 hitting percentage (1 error in 14 attempts).


Zell smashed match-highs 13 kills and registered .360 hitting percentage for Dakota State.  She had a solo block and a block assist.  Maddie Polzin and Kaylee Spreier each added seven kills.  Rozell and Anna Schwint each tallied six kills.

Kendra Steffen produced 17 assists for the Trojans.  Johnson added 13 assists.  Rozell recorded three service aces.  Polzin, Johnson and Mallory Testerman each had a service ace.

Rozell led the Trojans' defense with 18 digs.  Alwaise Villa added 11 digs and a service ace.  Spreier, Schwint and Jazmayne Williams each had a block assist.

Taylor Sharp recorded 12 kills for Valley City State.  Autumn Johnson added 10 kills.  Clarissa Olson and Ellie Winter each had eight kills.  Leah Ruter posted a double-double of 30 assists and 12 digs.  Rowan Garcia also had a double-double of 15 assists and 11 digs.

Hailie Wilds tallied 21 digs and 4 service aces for the Vikings.  Charlotte Huschka added 13 digs.  McKinley Putman and Paige Benson each had four block assists.

VCSU outhit DSU 53-46 in the match.  The Vikings hit .133 (31 attack errors in 166 attempts) compared to the Trojans' .123 hitting percentage (26 attack errors in 162 attempts).

Dakota State was 89.3 percent from the serving line, recording 7 aces and 11 errors in 103 serves.  Valley City State was 88.7 percent at the service line with 11 aces and 12 errors in 106 attempts.

VCSU tallied nine blocks compared to DSU three blocks.  The Vikings recorded 80 digs while the Trojans had 71 digs.


Dakota State returns home for their three-match home stand at DSU Fieldhouse, starting on Friday evening versus Grace (Neb.) in a non-conference contest.  First serve is set for 6 p.m.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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