Coyote volleyball finishes 1-1 at tourney

Coyote volleyball finishes 1-1 at tourney After winning their only match on the first day of the North Central Regional Challenge in Aberdeen, the South Dakota women's volleyball team (5-7) split their two matches on the second day of the 16-team tournament Sept. 11. The Coyotes defeated Minnesota Crookston (5-7), 3-0 (30-22, 30-25, 30-26) in their first match, but fell to undefeated Minnesota State-Moorhead (12-0), 3-1 (18-30, 25-30, 30-24, 29-31).

USD took advantage of 17 total errors by Minnesota Crookston to garner their second win of the tournament.

The Coyotes got 12 kills in 22 attempts from Angela Prochaska (Waterbury, NE) in the win. She was the lone Coyote with double digit kills.

Lindsey Soukup (Lincoln, NE) and Lacey Ross (Omaha, NE) each had 14 digs, while Liz Selzer (Papillion, NE) had 34 assists.

For the match, South Dakota hit .293, while Minnesota Crookston hit .173.

The tables were turned in the second match. After dropping the first two sets, the Coyotes battled back and won the third, 30-24, but couldn't force a fifth set as they fell 31-29.

USD committed 16 errors and was held to a .160 hitting percentage. The MSU Moorhead Dragons weren't much better at .191.

Senior Laura Marske (Spencer, IA) led the way in kills for the Coyotes with 14, while Soukup, Prochaska, and Kinsley Powers (Rapid City) each had 10.

Soukup and Powers each had double-doubles as they added 20 and 10 digs, respectively.

Ross also had 20 digs in the second match, while Selzer had 43 assists.

The Dragons finished with 17 blocks, compared to 13 for the Coyotes. Sigourney Schaffer of the Dragons led all players with 15 kills.

The Coyotes have the week to rest before they play their first conference match at Minnesota Duluth on Sept. 18, in Duluth, MN.

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