FARGO, N.D. | South Dakota’s volleyball team used a balanced attack while posting a 25-23, 27-25, 26-24 Summit League win over North Dakota State Sunday afternoon.
Haley Dotseth recorded a team-best eight kills for South Dakota (13-8, 7-2 Summit), which snapped a second-place tie in the Summit against NDSU. Setter Brittany Jessen supplied 29 assists and totaled seven kills along with teammates Taylor Wilson and Elizabeth Loschen.
Kristina Susak added six kills for the Coyotes, who broke three late ties in each of the three games. A North Dakota State attack error broke a 23-all tie in Game 1 followed by Loschen’s kill.
Consecutive USD kills from Susak and Wilson snapped a 25-25 Game 2 tie. South Dakota trailed 15-12 in Game 3 to go on a 7-1 run capped by Susak’s kill for an 18-15 lead. However, North Dakota State battled back from a 21-17 deficit to tie it at 21, then used an Erika Gelzinyte kill for a 24-23 lead.
Consecutive kills from Loschen and Susak gave the Coyotes a 25-24 lead. North Dakota State’s attack error concluded the match.
“Today was a great day for our team,” said South Dakota Coach Leanne Williamson. “We have battled and continued to battle through so much adversity. The team just continues to make things happen in difficult circumstances. It was great to see us so composed in the later portion of each set in a very tough environment.”
South Dakota, which avenged an earlier loss to NDSU, had six ace serves, three coming from Jessen. Susak added two aces while Anne Rasmussen’s ace serve was part of an effort that also included 17 digs.
Dotseth also recorded 13 digs. Jessen contributed 11 digs and two block assists while Wilson had four block assists.
Loschen and Kelly Law each provided two solo blocks for South Dakota, which hosts Fort Wayne at 7 p.m. Friday at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.