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South Dakota School of Mines women’s volleyball team started the 2007 season off with a bang, collecting a 4-0 record over the weekend at the Rocky Mountain College Shootout Volleyball Tournament in Billings, Mont
By Brad Blume
Sports Information Director
South Dakota School of Mines
BILLINGS, MONT. --- The South Dakota School of Mines women’s volleyball team started the 2007 season off with a bang, collecting a 4-0 record over the weekend at the Rocky Mountain College Shootout Volleyball Tournament in Billings, Mont.
The Lady Hardrockers faced four teams from the Frontier Conference, posting 3-0 scores in three of the matches. In fact, the ‘Rockers were 8-1 in games played at the Montana tourney, making it one of the strongest starts for SDM in the past few years.
“It’s always nice to start the season off with a good record,” said Hardrocker head coach Beth Honaker. “We didn’t only win, we also made great strides in difficult game situations.”
During Friday’s matches, the Hardrockers made short work of Montana Western, 30-20, 30-12, 30-16, and then took out the host school, Rocky Mountain Collage, 30-24, 30-26, 30-17. In Saturday’s bouts, SDM defeated Montana Tech 30-19, 30-27, 28-30, 30-21 and ended the tournament with a victory over Montana State Northern, 30-28, 30-23, 30-24.
“We showed a lot of maturity going into the weekend not knowing a whole lot about the other teams,” Honaker said. “But that helped us concentrate on what we were doing on our side of the net and not be concerned with what the other teams were going to do.”
The Hardrockers tallied 163 kills over the weekend, 20 aces and a whopping 39 blocks.
After four matches, new transfer Ashley Kauffman (Fort Morgan, Colo.) leads the team in kills with 47, while Rapid City native Jennie Malone (senior) tallied 37. Setter Tessa Howe, junior from Omaha, Neb., is on pace to have another impressive season with 141 assists, averaging 10.85 a game and libero Jenny Hiykel impressed from the back row with 70 digs. She averaged 5.83 a game.
Kauffman also shined defensively at the net, collecting nine blocks while sophomore Katherine Hanson (Sioux Falls) grabbed seven and freshman Paige Corcoran came up with five blocks.
“We are really playing our game right now,” Honaker said. “I hope this will set the tone for the rest of the season.”
The Hardrockers are back on the road this weekend, traveling to California for the William Jessup University Warrior Classic Volleyball Tournament. SDM will have matches against the host school, along with Northwest Christian (Calif.), Menlo College (Calif.), Benedictine College (Kan.) and Baker College (Kan.)
SDM def. Montana Western 30-20, 30-12, 30-16
SD School of Mines (1-0 ) (kills-aces-blocks) Jennifer Markoff 0-0-0; Tessa Howe 3-1-1; Jennie Malone 8-2-0; Alena Ori 4-2-0; Paige Corcoran 1-0-1; Jenny Hiykel 0-0-0; Stephanie Carpio 2-0-0; Katherine Hanson 4-0-3; Quana Higgins 0-0-0; Ashley Kauffman 10-1-3. Totals 32-6-7.5 Montana Western (0-1) (kills-aces-blocks) Kiley Myers 0-0-0; Kirby Myers 5-0-0; Nicole Mertens 0-0-0; Lindsey Nicholls 5-0-2; Kyla Rasmussen 0-1-0; Ashlee Johnson 2-0-0; Brianna Ternes 3-0-0; Jandi Farnsworth 3-0-0; Aisha Snyder 2-0-0; Casey Rasmussen 0-0-0; Courtney Nicholls 6-0-1; Stephanie Couture 0-1-0. Totals 26-2-2.0.
SDM def. Rocky Mountain College 30-24, 30-26, 30-17
SD School of Mines (2-0 ) (kills-aces-blocks) Tessa Howe 2-1-0; Jennie Malone 10-1-2; Alena Ori 6-0-1; Paige Corcoran 3-2-3; Jenny Hiykel 1-0-0; Katherine Hanson 12-0-2; Quana Higgins 0-0-0; Ashley Kauffman 9-0-1. Totals 43-4-7.5 Rocky Mountain College (0-3 ) (kills-aces-blocks) Jessica Hespen 1-0-1; Shanda Veldhuisen 3-0-0; Kelly Fox 3-1-3; Hailey Pearce 4-0-1; Allison Corbyn 0-0-0; Anne Krise 0-1-0; Stephanie Wolensky 5-1-0; Jessica Eliasson 6-0-2; Jessica Overstreet 2-0-0; Kaela Loffler 0-0-0; Ashley Coburn 0-0-0; Sarah Madinger 5-0-0. Totals 29-3-5.0
SDM def. Montana Tech 30-19, 30-27, 28-30, 30-21
SD School of Mines (3-0 ) (kills-aces-blocks) Tessa Howe 4-2-2; Jennie Malone 13-0-3; Alena Ori 4-2-2; Paige Corcoran 1-0-2; Jenny Hiykel 0-2-0; Katherine Hanson 12-1-5; Quana Higgins 0-0-0; Ashley Kauffman 16-0-4. Totals 50-7-14.5 Montana Tech (0-3) (kills-aces-blocks) Janet Friesz 4-0-1; Megan Wichman 0-3-0; Jessie Conners 0-0-0; Kristi Witt 0-1-0; Lacie Brenton 0-1-0; Darcy Torske 0-0-0; Samantha Sheble 0-0-0; Katie Daly 14-0-5; Jodi Hogart 1-0-3; CoreyAnne Russell 11-0-0; Maria McNeil 21-0-0; Cassie Hodges 8-0-2; Savanna Lester 0-0-0. Totals 59-5-6.0.
SDM def. Montana State Northern 30-28, 30-23, 30-24
SD School of Mines (4-0) (kills-aces-blocks) Jennifer Markoff 0-0-0; Tessa Howe 7-1-2; Jennie Malone 6-0-2; Alena Ori 4-1-0; Paige Corcoran 3-0-1; Jenny Hiykel 0-0-0; Stephanie Carpio 3-0-0; Katherine Hanson 3-1-1; Ashley Kauffman 12-0-3. Totals 38-3-7.5 Montana State Northern (0-4 ) (kills-aces-blocks) Brittni Sesler 1-0-2; Jessica Ryan 5-0-1; Lonnie Hoff 0-0-0; Jenna Frankino 1-0-0; Sheena McInnes 8-2-5; Jody Berglund 3-0-0; Amy Maurer 1-0-0; Jordan Merrill 0-0-0; Kylie Griffeth 6-0-3; Kaylee Bossert 7-1-5; Brittany Baker 2-0-0. Totals 34-3-10.0
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