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After picking up two non-conference win last week in Yankton and Mitchell, the Lady Hardrocker netters dropped a pair of Dakota Athletic Conference matches in North Dakota this past weekend and are 0-3 in DAC play
By Brad Blume
Sports Information Director
South Dakota School of Mines
RAPID CITY --- After picking up two non-conference win last week in Yankton and
Mitchell, the Lady Hardrocker netters dropped a pair of Dakota Athletic Conference
matches in North Dakota this past weekend and are 0-3 in DAC play. SDSMT fell to
Valley City State Friday (Sept. 15) 3-2 and then just came up short on Saturday (Sept. 16)
against Mayville State, 3-2.
The Vikings defeated the Rockers, 26-30, 30-28, 30-28, 30-20 while the Lady Comets
outlasted Mines, 25-30, 30-22, 25-30, 30-22, 16-14.
“We didn’t play consistently,” said Hardrocker head coach Doug Tabbert. “We are still
pretty young and people are still learning to play new positions. They need to figure out
what it takes to win.”
In the Valley City match, Mines won the first match but then let two tight ones get away
followed by a tough loss in the final set to lose the match.
Individually, Stephanie Carpio (Yuma, Colo.) put for a good effort, going 31-40 on the
attack with six kills and made good on 18-18 serves with one ace. Rapid City native
Jennie Malone had eight kills and was 23-30 on the attack and had a solo block and four
assisted blocks as well. Aga Koperek, of Belchatow, Poland, had a great defensive game,
coming up with 17 digs and was 40-42 on serve receive and Jenny Hiykel, of Omaha,
Neb., had 38 assists in the game.
As a team, the Hardrockers tallied 76 digs, was 100-102 on the serve receive, was 92-96
on the serve with seven aces and went 108-154 on the attack and collected 25 kills.
“We had phases of good this (past) weekend and phases of bad where we had too many
mistakes,” Tabbert said. “We were competitive in spurts.”
In the Mayville match, the Hardrockers again got out to a quick start winning the first
game. The visitors dropped the second set but picked up a Game 3 win. SDM fell in the
fourth game to knot the match and then lost the final frame in a very competitive bout.
“We need to find more balance with our attack and find some consistence individually,”
Carpio had another strong showing against the Comets, going 24-25 on the serve and
made good on 13 of 27 attacks with six kills. Koperek also shined going 18-20 on the
serve with two aces and was 24-31 on the attack with seven kills and was 41-45 on serve
receive. Katherine Hanson (Sioux Falls) also had a good match converting 21-32 attacks
with five kills and came up with a 20-20 effort on serve receive. Sturgis native Amanda
Cammack was a factor at the net coming up with three solo blocks and two assisted while
Malone had two assisted and one solo. Hiykel led in assists with 49.
Team stats showed the Hardrockers going 102-111 on the serve, 86-145 on the attack
with 29 kills, tallied 71 digs and was 114 of 123 on serve receive.
South Dakota Mines are back in conference play this weekend welcoming Dakota State
Friday evening, followed by a match with Jamestown College on Saturday.
“We need to win conference matches at home,” Tabbert said.
The coach added that the Lady Trojans are struggling right now and the Jimmies don’t
play well on the road. He also felt that both games were winnable for his squad.
The Hardrockers are currently 0-3 in the DAC and 7-4 overall.
Valley City State 3, South Dakota School Mines 1
Hardrockers 30 28 28 20
Vikings 26 30 30 30
Serves: 92-96, 7 aces (Tessa Howe 19-20, 0; Katherine Hanson 16-16, 1 ace; Stephanie
Carpio 18-18, 1 ace).
Attacks: 108-154, 25 kills (Stephanie Carpio 31-40, 6 kills; Jennie Malone 23-30, 8 kills).
Assists: 43 (Tessa Howe 43).
Blocks: 5 solo 14 assisted (Katherine Hanson 1 solo, 5 assisted; Jennie Malone 1 solo, 4
Digs: 76 (Aga Koperek 17; Jenny Hiykel 15).
Serve Receive: 100-102 (Aga Koperek 40-42; Katherine Hanson 24-25).
Mayville State 3, South Dakota School Mines 2
Hardrockers 30 22 30 22 14
Comets 25 30 25 30 16
Serves: 102-111, 7 aces (Stephanie Carpio 24-25, 0 aces; Aga Koperek 18-20, 2 aces).
Attacks: 86-145, 29 kills (Stephanie Carpio 13-27, 6 kills; Aga Koperek 24-31, 7 kills;
Katherine Hanson 21-32, 5 kills).
Assists: 54 (Jenny Hiykel 49).
Blocks: 6 solo, 6 assisted (Amanda Cammack 3 solo 2 assisted; Jennie Malone 1 solo, 2
Digs: 71 (Jenny Hiykel 21).
Serve Receive: 114-123 (Aga Koperek 41-45; Katherine Hanson 20-20).
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