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South Dakota School of Mines continues its strong play as the 2007 season gets underway as the Lady Hardrockers extended their winning streak to 7-0 after winning three matches Friday at the William Jessup University Shootout in Rocklin California
By Brad Blume
Sports Information Director
South Dakota School of Mines
ROCKLIN, CALIF. --- The South Dakota School of Mines continues its strong play as the 2007 season gets underway as the Lady Hardrockers extended their winning streak to 7-0 after winning three matches Friday at the William Jessup University Shootout in Rocklin California.
SDM made short work of Northwestern Christian College (Eugene, Ore.), Menlo College (Atherton, Calif.) and Benedictine University (Achinson, Kan.)
The Lady Hardrockers defeated NCC 30-28, 30-10, 30-19.
“They are a new program that hasn’t been established yet,” said Hardrocker head coach Beth Honaker. “And we knew that going in. We played really well as a team and everyone got a chance to compete.”
Game 1 was the closest in the match for the Hardrockers, winning by just two points. Honaker said that the time it took to travel out to California as well as the time of the first match (8 a.m.) may have played a factor.
“We just weren’t away in Game 1,” Honaker said. “After that we got on a role.”
Rapid City native Jennie Malone (senior) had a stellar day for the ‘Rockers, going 13-15 on the attack and collecting 10 kills while teammate Katherine Hanson (sophomore from Sioux Falls) had nine kills and was 13-16 on the attack.
The Hardrockers then faced a tough Menlo College team where SDM defeated the Oaks, 31-29, 30-26, 30-27. Menlo has been the California Pacific Conference champions for the last three years.
“They are like the conference champ every year out here.They are good defenders and have very good ball control,” Honaker said. “We struggled right away. This is a different atomosphere out here and after the girls adjusted, we played really well.”
Malone again stepped up in the match recording 10 kills and was 14-15 on the attack. Transfer student Ashley Kauffman (junior from Fort Morgan, Colo,) also had 10 kills in the bout.
“Jennie Malone is playing really well,���� Honaker said. She is serving really well, making smart hits and has kind of become the ‘go-to’ hitter for Tessa Howe (SDM setter).”
In their mosted tested match of the season, it took five games to crown a winner, but the Hardrockers kept their win-streak in take defeating Benedictine College, 22-30, 30-22, 30-19, 28-30, 15-13.
Kaufman showed her assertiveness with 16 kills while making good on 55-46 attacks. Malone also had a fine match with 11 kills going 17-17 on the attack. Jenny Hiykel had 25 digs in the contest and Howe collected 45 assits.
The Hardrockers will continue play today squaring off with Baker College (Kansas) and the host school William and Jessup (Rocklin).
South Dakota School of Mines def. Northwestern Christian College 3-0
Hardrockers 30 30 30
Beacons 28 10 19 SD School of Mines (5-0 ) (kills-aces-blocks) Jennifer Markoff 0-1-0; Tessa Howe 2-3-2; Jennie Malone 10-2-4; Alena Ori 3-0-1; Paige Corcoran 2-1-2; Amanda Cammack 1-0-0; Jenny Hiykel 0-1-0; Stephanie Carpio 2-0-1; Katherine Hanson 9-0-6; Renae Keppen 1-0-2; Danielle Walraven 0-0-0; Quana Higgins 0-0-0; Ashley Kauffman 8-0-4. Totals 38-8-13.0 Northwestern Christian (0-1) (kills-aces-blocks) STRIBLING, Brooke 4-1-0; JEE, Alex 0-0-0; LeCLAIRE, Mercedes 0-0-0; BLANCHFILL, Ashley 5-1-0; BISHOP, Cassie 2-0-0; BISHOP, Melissa 9-0-3; HUNTS, Meaghan 2-1-0; MARKLE, Kat 0-0-0; KRAAZ, Amber 0-0-1; GREATWOOD, Tessa 0-2-0; Van Loon, Charlie 3-0-0; HOWARD, Cotie 4-0-1. Totals 29-5-4.0
South Dakota School of Mines def. Menlo College 3-0
Hardrockers 31 30 30
Oaks 29 26 27
SD School of Mines (6-0)
(kills-aces-blocks) Jennifer Markoff 1-0-0; Tessa Howe 3-0-0; Jennie Malone 10-2-0; Alena Ori 2-0-0; Paige Corcoran 2-0-0; Amanda Cammack 0-0-0; Jenny Hiykel 3-0-0; Stephanie Carpio 3-1-2; Katherine Hanson 8-0-2; Ashley Kauffman 10-2-0. Totalss 42-5-4.
Menlo College (0-1)
(kills-aces-blocks) Mia Ortiz 0-0-0; Sarah Poole 6-0-1; Jamie Pauley 1-1-0; LaRisa Parker 5-1-0; Shaleia Auld 3-0-0; Christa Hewett 0-1-0; Chelsea Fileher 3-0-0; Pomai Ibarra 2-0-0; Amanda Sutter 4-0-1; Christi Haia 2-0-1; Deborah Bekowies 17-0-1. Totals 43-3-4.
South Dakota School of Mines def. Benedictine College 3-2
Hardrockers 22 30 30 28 15
Ravens 30 22 19 30 13
SD School of Mines (6-0)
(kills-aces-blocks) Jennifer Markoff 0-0-0; Tessa Howe 9-1-2; Jennie Malone 11-1-1; Alena Ori 3-0-0; Paige Corcoran 2-0-1; Amanda Cammack 4-1-0; Jenny Hiykel 1-2-0; Stephanie Carpio 5-0-0; Katherine Hanson 4-1-1; Renae Keppen 2-0-0; Ashley Kauffman 16-0-0. Totals 57-6-6
Benedictine Stats not available
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