Kroll surpasses 2,000 set assists in Coyote volleyball team’s 5-set loss at UMKC

Sophomore Tori Kroll recorded 48 set assists and surpassed 2,000 for her career, but the South Dakota volleyball team lost to Missouri-Kansas City, 25-18, 20-25, 25-27, 25-19, 15-12 in Summit League action Saturday night in Kansas City, MO. The Coyotes fall to 12-13 overall and 5-7 in the Summit League.

Kroll (Germantown, WI) is now at 2,002 set assists and is the five Coyote setter to eclipse the 2,000-set plateau for her career. She is fifth all-time on the list.

Freshman Kendall Kritenbrink (Gretna, NE) had a match-high 25 kills, while sophomore Natalie Walseth (Inver Grove Heights, MN) added 15 kills, just one away from a career-high. Sophomore Amber Aschoff (Ankeny, IA) added 12 kills, while senior Tahnee Reed (Pierce, NE) added 10. Senior Carol Logato (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) had 26 digs, while Walseth and Reed had five block assists each.

Once again, errors were costly for the Coyotes, who were playing their fourth straight five-set match.  South Dakota finished with 31 hitting errors, 11 serving errors and four block errors.  The Coyotes hit .173 for the match, compared to .182 for UMKC.

With the match tied at two sets apiece, the Coyotes looked to prevail in the decisive fifth set.  They took a 5-1 lead, with Kritenbrink and Aschoff each having kills, while Kroll and Walseth teamed up for a block.  But the Kangaroos turned the tide from there, going on a 9-4 run to take a 10-9 lead.

South Dakota came back to tie the set at 12-12 after a Walseth kill, but the Kangaroos scored the final three points of the set – two coming on Coyote errors – to earn the 15-12 win.

The Coyotes had the lead in the first set as well but were unable to hold on. They built a 7-3 lead after Kritenbrink put down a kill, but the Kangaroos outscored the Coyotes 22-11 the rest of the way to earn a 25-18 win.

South Dakota rebounded in the second set. They trailed 9-6 at one point, but used an 11-4 spurt to take a 17-13 lead.  Walseth had two kills and two block assists during that run.  UMKC cut the gap to 20-18, but the Coyotes stretched the lead back to 23-18 – with Reed and Kritenbrink having kills. A Kritenbrink kill made gave the Coyotes a 25-20 win.

The momentum from that win carried the Coyotes into the early parts of the third set, when they took a 15-8 lead.  Kritenbrink had four kills during that early stretch, while freshman Riley Haug (Gretna, NE) had two service aces.

 UMKC fought back, however, and came back to tie the set at 24-24. The Kangaroos held a 25-24 lead.

The Coyotes will look to rebound next week with two more Summit League road matches. South Dakota plays at Western Illinois on Friday, Oct. 28 and wraps up the weekend at Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis on Saturday, Oct. 29.

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