DSU netters pick up second straight win
By LARRY LEEDS, Sports Editor
The Dakota State Trojans volleyball team won the third and fourth sets against long-time rival Dakota Wesleyan University to gain a 3-1 win on Wednesday night at the Dakota State Fieldhouse.
Dakota State University’s Chelsey Davis gets this dig during the match against Dakota Wesleyan University on Wednesday night at the Dakota State University Fieldhouse.
The Trojans won the non-conference match 25-19, 18-25, 25-16 and 25-19. This was the second straight win for the Trojans and the first home victory of the season.
"We are playing a little more consistent and our hitting has been real big for us," said DSU coach Amy Veenhof.
The Trojans and Tigers battled through the opening set with 12 ties. At 19-16, DSU went on a 5-1 scoring spurt to extend its led to 24-17. After DWU scored two straight points, the Trojans secured the first by Brittney Anderson's kill to win 25-19 and gain a 1-0 match lead. The Trojans outhit DWU 18-10 in the first set. DSU hit .378 (18 kills with four errors in 37 attempts) compared to DWU's .219 (10 kills with three errors in 32 attempts).
DSU scored the first two points of the second set, but the Tigers reeled off five straight points. From there, DWU never trailed as the Tigers evened the match at 1-1 by recording a 25-18 victory. DWU hit .455 (14 kills with four errors in 22 attempts) in the second set compared to DSU's .120 (10 kills with seven errors in 25 attempts).
Trailing 6-3 in the third set, the Trojans scored six straight points to earn a 9-6 lead. The Trojans continued their scoring run by extending their lead to 16-8. DSU won the third set by the score of 25-16 to gain a 2-1 match lead. The Trojans hit .205 (16 kills with eight errors in 39 attempts), while DWU was held to .000 hitting percentage (six kills with six errors in 35 attempts).
DSU and DWU went through 13 ties to kick off the fourth set. DWU held an 11-8 lead, but Dakota State went on a 13-3 scoring run to earn a 21-14 lead. The Tigers could get no closer than five points at four occasions as DSU secured the first home match win of the season, 25-19. DSU outhit DWU 17-8 in the fourth set. The Trojans hit .175 while DWU recorded its second straight set with a hitting percentage of .000.
Due to injuries, Veenhof has had to change her lineup. "We have a couple of injuries so we have changed our lineup a little," she said. "We have a lot of players that we can put on the floor."
Caitlin Pick smashed a match-high 17 kills and hit .483 for the Trojans. It was her seventh double-digits kills in the last 10 matches. Kelci Viesselman added 14 kills and Anderson recorded 12 kills.
Stacey Schuller and Kaylee VanderWal each produced 24 set assists for DSU.
Katherine Gonzalez led the Trojans' defense with 16 digs.
Pick, Schuller, Anderson and Gonzalez each had a service ace for DSU.
Pick recorded four block assists while Tessa Weeldreyer, Michele Roger and Haley Hillestad each added three block assists.
Katie Vetch had 12 kills for DWU.
Briana Jung had 33 set assists and two service aces for the Tigers.
Taylor Spence and Maggie Stehly each had nine digs for the Tigers.
Dakota State tied a season high of 61 kills and .227 hitting percentage (61 kills with 29 errors in 141 attempts). DWU had 38 kills with 21 errors in 131 attempts for a hitting efficiency of .130.
Both teams had four service aces in the match.
The Trojans had 64 digs compared to DWU's 42 digs.
"Overall we have made improvements and playing our best right now," said. Veenhof.
Dakota State looks to extend its winning streak on Friday. The Trojans play in the Waldorf (Iowa) triangular. DSU will play Central Baptist (Ark.) at 5:30 p.m. and the host team Waldorf at 7:30 p.m. Both matches will be held at the Hansen Fieldhouse in Forest City, Iowa.
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