USD volleyball splits opening day matches

Kendall Kritenbrink combined for 34 kills in two matches as the Coyote volleyball team split its opening day contests at the Tiger Invitational, topping Idaho State in four sets (25-22, 28-30, 25-14, 26-24) and falling to Missouri in three (25-21, 25-17, 25-16) at the Hearnes Center.

Kritenbrink recorded 20 kills while Sydney Dimke recorded a career-high 17 kills to lead the Coyotes (1-1) past Idaho State. Tori Kroll tallied 37 assists and Kaitlyn Hastings added 15 digs during the win.

Despite letting Idaho State take the second set after trailing 24-20, the University of South Dakota rebounded by recording a .387 hitting percentage in the third set with 15 kills and only three errors. The Coyotes also held the Bengals to a .027 hitting percentage in the set on nine kills and eight attack errors.

The Coyotes also had a presence at the net defensively the entire match, holding a 15-5 edge in total blocks with Kelsey Biltoft’s two solo blocks and eight block assists leading the way.

Kritenbrink again led the Coyotes with 14 kills against Missouri while Kroll and Hastings both tallied nine digs. The Tigers won recorded a 54-37 kills advantage behind Lisa Henning’s 15 and had a team hitting percentage of .393 while holding USD to .220.

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