By Brad Blume
Sports Information Director
South Dakota School of Mines
RAPID CITY ‐‐‐ The South Dakota School of Mines women’s volleyball team accomplished something Friday night that the Lady Hardrockers haven’t done in more than a decade ‐‐‐ defeat the Dickinson State Lady Blue Hawks.
Never has Mines won a match over the empowered Hawks since the inception of the DAC eight years and running. DSU has had a strangle hold over the league winning every DAC regular season crown.
“It’s nice to be the coach that did, however I am happier for the girls and the seniors especially,” said Hardrocker head coach Beth Honaker. “It’s nice to have the monkey off our back because now we know we can beat them.”
The SD Mines women won the Dakota Athletic Conference match Friday night, 3‐1, at the King Center in Rapid City to improve to 11‐10 on the season and 3‐5 in the conference. The Hardrockers defeated Dickinson, 25‐20, 27‐25, 19‐25, 25‐18.
Individually, junior Katherine Hanson was on fire, recording an impressive 22 kills and was 71‐78 on the attack while conference leading killer, Ashley Kauffman followed with 8 kills and was 48‐56 on the attack. Senior Renae Keppen was a big factor at the net for the Hardrockers with five assisted blocks and one solo. Senior libero Jenny Hiykel was outstanding with 24 digs and setter Renanna Roberson had five service aces on the night.
The Hardrockers are back in action today taking on Minot State in another DAC matchup.
“The only word to describe it is finally. Katherine has been a phenomenal player the past three years and it was nice to see her live up to her potential tonight.”
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