South Dakota volleyball began its fourth year under Coach Matt Houk�s guidance Tuesday as the Coyotes opened fall camp. South Dakota has 14 athletes in in camp � including six freshmen � as it prepares for a season-opening tournament at Wyoming on Aug. 26-27.
The Coyotes, entering their first year of competition in the Summit League, return five starters and their libero from their 2010 that finished as Great West Conference tournament runners-up. They have 12 home matches as part of a 32-match regular-season slate.
Houk has also announced that Nikki Hintze has joined the Coyote coaching staff as a graduate assistant. Hintze is a former volleyball standout at Wisconsin-Green Bay who coached for the Milwaukee Sting Volleyball Club last season.
Hintze played at Wisconsin-Green Bay from 2007-09 and is fourth all-time in school history in kills per set (2.90) and sixth all-time in school history in kills (920). She also led the Phoenix with 22 service aces in 2008. Hintze, a native of Menomonee Falls, Wis., was named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer team in 2007 after transferring from Northern Michigan.
South Dakota opens the regular season on Aug. 26 against Gonzaga at the Wyoming tournament. The Coyotes� home opener is Sept. 19 against North Dakota State.