Coyotes best Minnesota-Crookston

Coyotes best Minnesota-Crookston
The South Dakota Volleyball Team (5-20) broke a 14-match losing streak with a 3-0 decision over Minnesota-Crookston (7-25) in nonconference volleyball action at the DakotaDome on Friday night.

The Coyotes defeated Minnesota-Crookston, 30-22, 30-22 and 30-16. It is USD's first win since handling Fort Hays State, 3-1, on Sept. 8.

South Dakota was led by Ashley Gross, a junior from Norfolk, NE, who had a game-high 12 kills. Gabi Jarchow, a sophomore from Lincoln, NE, had her ninth double double of the season as she finished with 10 kills and 12 digs. Gina Baldwin, a redshirt freshman from Mitchell, led USD with 19 set assists. Senior setter Casey Beardsley of Sterling, CO, had 17 set assists.

The Coyotes finished with 50 kills on 135 attacks for a .222 hitting percentage. USD had 52 digs and five total team blocks.

Erin Flynn had 10 kills to lead Minnesota-Crookston. UMC had 34 kills on 117 attacks for a .085 hitting percentage. UMC had 53 digs and six total team blocks.

South Dakota opened with a 30-22 win on the strength of a .256 hitting percentage. The Coyotes connected on 18 kills on 43 attack attempts. Both teams struggled in game two, although USD hit a little better (.140 to .059). USD had 19 kills on 57 attack attempts.

In game three, USD had its best hitting performance of the night at .314. USD had 13 kills on 35 attempts. UMC had 12 kills on 42 attack attempts for a .000 hitting percentage.

South Dakota is back in action tomorrow when Nebraska-Omaha comes to the DakotaDome at 4 p.m.

UNO is ranked third in the region.

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