September 4, 2013
YANKTON, S.D. – Dakota State won the opening set (25-20) from in-state rival Mount Marty Wednesday evening at the Cimpl Arena. The Lancers bounced back to win the next three sets (25-13, 25-20 and 25-16) to earn a 3-1 victory over the Trojans.
Dakota State, which played their third match in a six-match stretch against members of Great Plains Athletic Conference, dropped their overall record to 2-6. Mount Marty lifted their record to 3-3 and ended DSU's eight-match winning streak versus the Lancers in series meeting.
Trailing 9-6 in the opening set, the Trojans roared back with a 13-3 scoring run to earn a 19-12 lead. DSU held on to win the first set by the score of 25-20 to gain a 1-0 match lead.
Mount Marty used a .435 hitting percentage (11 kills with 1 attack errors in 23 attempts) to earn a 25-13 second victory and tied the match at 1-1. The Trojans struggled in the second set with a hitting efficiency of negative .067.
DSU and MMC opened the third set with eight ties. At 8-8, the Lancers used a 10-3 scoring run for 18-11 lead. The Trojans could get no closer than four points (23-19) as MMC secured the third set with a 25-20 win.
The Trojans kicked off the fourth set by scoring three consecutive points to earn a 3-0 early lead. The Lancers answered back and tied the fourth set at 6-6. With DSU leading at 11-9, the Lancers scored five straight points to regain their lead at 14-11. MMC extended their lead to 18-12 and closed the set with a 7-4 scoring run to seal the match.
Katherine Gonzalez had a match-high 21 digs for DSU. Thielsen added 11 digs. Anderson and Thielsen each had two block assists.
Caitlyn Illg recorded a triple-double for the Lancers. She had 10 kills, 17 digs and produced 39 assists. Kristen Boyle added 14 kills. Bailey Kuchta had 11 kills.
Courtney Miller had 15 digs for MMC. Kristie Tessmer added 10 digs and recorded three service aces.
Mount Marty outhit the Trojans 58-34 in the match. The Lancers hit .271 compared to DSU .090.
MMC had six blocks while the Trojans had 2.5 blocks.
DSU dropped the junior varsity match in two straight sets.
Dakota State head to Hastings, Neb. to compete in the two-day Hastings Classic event. The Trojans play the host-team Hastings at 4 p.m. on Friday and Concordia (Neb.) at 8 p.m. DSU continues their action on Saturday as they play Doane (Neb.) at 12 noon and No. 12 Bellevue (Neb.) at 4 p.m. All matches will be held at the Lynn Farrell Arena.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director