Volleyball squad ends losing streak

Volleyball squad ends losing streak
The South Dakota volleyball squad ended a four-match losing streak in style by defeating Upper Iowa 3-1 (30-21, 30-23, 29-31, 30-21) in the opening contest of the Northern Extreme Crossover Tournament before taking down MSU Moorhead 3-2 (30-27, 18-30, 15-30, 30-26, 16-14) in the finale.

The Coyotes improved to 3-5 on the season with the pair of victories.

Sophomore middle blocker Heather Hult led the USD attack in the victory over Upper Iowa by posting a career-high 17 kills while committing only two errors to hit at a .455 clip. Sophomore outside hitter Gabi Jarchow also had a career-high in kills with her total of 15, and she added 11 digs as well.


Junior setter Ashley contributed 10 kills and nine assists to the South Dakota effort, while sophomore libero Amber Kobus had a team-high 26 digs. Senior setter Casey Beardsley dished out a season-high 35 assists against the Peacocks, with freshman setter Gina Baldwin adding 16 assists in her second career match.

For the match, the Coyotes hit .207, including posting a .273 percentage in the clinching fourth game. USD also held an impressive 66-48 advantage in assists.

Hult again led the way to a South Dakota win in the squad's final game in the event by going for 12 kills along with having three block solos and five block assists. Gross added 11 kills and four block assists.

Kobus led the Coyotes in digs for the fifth consecutive match with a game-high 36. Beardsley contributed 23 assists and a season-high 16 digs while Baldwin came off the bench to post 18 assists.

South Dakota was forced to rally from a 2-1 deficit against the Dragons, and forced a fifth game by winning via a 30-26. The deciding match even featured an extra point as the scored was tied at 14-14, but the Coyotes rolled off the final two points to clinch the victory. USD had 95 digs in the win compared to just 66 for MSU Moorhead.

The Coyotes will next be in action on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8 and 9, when they travel to Topeka, KS, to take part in the Lady Blues Classic. USD will have four matches over the two days, all against MIAA schools.

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