Season-ending 4-match homestand starts against UMC

Season-ending 4-match homestand starts against UMC
The South Dakota volleyball team (4-20, 0-10 NCC) returns to the DakotaDome this weekend to begin a season-ending four-match homestand. The Coyotes will start the homestand off with a 7 p.m. start on Friday, Oct. 27, in a non-conference match-up with Minnesota-Crookston (7-24, 3-13 NSIC). USD will then host #20 Nebraska-Omaha (17-6, 5-4 NCC) at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, in a North Central Conference contest.

This will be the first time that the Coyotes have faced Minnesota-Crookston this season.

Under head coach Brian Lamppa, USD is 4-1 all-time against the Golden Eagles, with the one defeat coming last season. South Dakota is 4-3 against Nebraska-Omaha in the Lamppa Era, though the Mavericks did pick up a 3-1 (30-24, 30-16, 28-30, 30-25) victory in Omaha earlier this season.

This four match homestand will be the longest of the 2006 season for the Coyotes. In fact, it is the longest home stretch of matches for USD since also hosting four in October of 2004, in which it posted a 4-0 mark during that run of contests.

Sophomore libero Amber Kobus has an opportunity to set the South Dakota all-time

single-season digs record this week. Kobus enters the week in third-place on this list with 541, and needs 61 more digs to pass Lindsey Soukup's total of 601 set in 2004 for the record.

Lamppa is in his fourth season as the head coach of the Coyotes. The run of success South Dakota has enjoyed under Lamppa's reign is one of the best in school history as he has guided the program to a 50-62 (.446) mark and USD's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II national tournament (2004).

Lamppa's 46 victories in his first three seasons are a school record, and the 20 North Central Conference wins he has in that time are all the more impressive considering the fact USD had only 18 league victories in the previous 18 seasons combined. Assisting Lamppa this season are Kevin Marquis and Kristen Miller.

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