Balance, defense help USD
volleyball sweep Chicago State
The University of South Dakota volleyball team used a balanced hitting attack and strong defensive effort to sweep Chicago State, 25-12, 25-15, 25-16 in Great West Conference action Friday night in Vermillion.
USD (10-12, 4-3 Great West) hit .298 for the match and had four players with six kills or more. USD also had five solo blocks and 12 assisted blocks, compared to one solo block for Chicago State (0-19, 0-8 GWC).
Bailey Reshel (Fr., Hortonville, IL) and Jenna Hatfield (Sr., Norfolk, NE) each had seven kills for USD. Kim Bulaga (Fr., Crystal Lake, IL) and Kristen Kritenbrink (Jr., Gretna, NE) had six each. Gina Baldwin (Sr., Mitchell) added 28 set assists for USD.
The Coyotes set the tone in the opening set, storming out to a 13-3 lead. Hatfield had three kills during that stretch.
The Cougars got no closer than nine the rest of the way. USD finished off a 25-12 first-set win with Reshel and Tahnee Reed (So., Pierce, NE) teaming up for a block.
The second set started out much like the first, with USD jumping to a 13-3 lead. Reshel had two kills during that early run for USD, while Taylor Russell (Fr., Council Bluffs, IA) had a block and a kill.
Chicago State cut the lead to 14-10, but the Coyotes responded with a decisive 7-2 run to extend their lead to 21-12, keyed by two Hatfield kills and a kill from Russell.
Russell finished off the set with a kill as USD prevailed 25-15.
The third set was close early as the Cougars tied the score at 8-8. USD rattled off four straight points, which included kills from Kritenbrink, Reshel and Abby Winkels (Fr., Watertown), to take a 13-9 lead. Chicago State got no closer than three the rest of the way, although the Cougars were within 22-16 lead.
However, the Coyotes ended strong, thanks to kills from Ashley Dorale (Fr., Mitchell) and Winkels, along with Reshel and Winkels teaming up for a block. Winkels' kill finished the set, giving USD a 25-16 win.
Hatfield had four solo blocks and two assists for USD, while Reshel had four block assists.
Kritenbrink had 12 digs while Mallory Mork (Fr., Sac City, IA) added nine.
The Coyotes resume action at noon on Sunday against the New Jersey Institute of Technology in a crucial Great West Conference match. NJIT (14-6, 4-1 GWC), which is tied for first with North Dakota and Utah Valley, lost to the Sioux, 25-20, 25-15, 25-11 on Friday night.