Coyotes fall in five games against Mavs

Coyotes fall in five games against Mavs The University of South Dakota volleyball team (10-15, 2-6) had a two-match winning streak snapped when the Coyotes lost a hard-fought and emotionally-charged match to Minnesota State, Mankato (7-14, 2-7) in North Central Conference action Saturday night in the DakotaDome.

The Coyotes fell behind early in the first game by a 9-1 score before they rallied back to win 15-13. After taking a 13-11 lead, the Mavericks tied it at 13-13 before South Dakota sophomore Amber Abrams recorded consecutive kills as the Coyotes won game one. Abrams, who had 15 kills on the night, had six in the first game.

Minnesota State dominated the second game, winning 15-5 as they used strong net play and solid serving to even the match. The Coyotes turned things around in game three by using solid serving and net play to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

Then in a hard-fought game four, the Mavericks jumped to an early 4-2 lead and fought back numerous charges by the Coyotes to win 15-12. The rally point game was all Minnesota State as won going away 15-5.

For the night, Abrams converted 15 kills on 30 attacks for a .400 hitting percentage. Freshman Sarah Vollertsen also had 15 kills on her 37 attacks for a .324 hitting percentage. Freshman Becky Olson had 12 kills on 24 attacks for a .417 hitting percentage. Junior Stacy Gonnerman had 16 defensive digs. Sophomore Katie Wancho had 46 set assists to lead South Dakota.

Overall, the Coyotes had 56 kills on 147 attacks for a .279 hitting percentage. South Dakota had 70 defensive digs and 10 total team blocks. Minnesota State had 52 kills on 149 attacks for a .262 hitting percentage. They had 86 defensive digs and 10 total team blocks.

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