By Brad Blume
Sports Information Director
South Dakota School of Mines
RAPID CITY --- The South Dakota School of Mines women’s volleyball team earned its first Dakota Athletic Conference victory of the season Friday night in Rapid City, sweeping the Dakota State Trojans, 3-0.
The Hardrockers defeated the Lady T’s, 30-19, 30-28, 30-23, to improve their record to 8-4 on the season and 1-3 in conference play.
“If we are going to compete in this conference we have to win these matches at home,” said Hardrocker head coach Doug Tabbert. “It was nice to get off to a quick start.”
A quick start indeed. Mines’ MO this season is a slow start and gradually easing into play, but Friday’s match was the opposite as the Hardrocker took advantage of a sluggish Trojan squad. The home team jumped out to a 16-8 edge and cruised on to the Game 1 win never trailing in the bout.
The second game was a little different. Dakota State shook off the fatigue from Game 1 and went toe-to-toe with the Hardrockers. It was a much more competitive game with the score being tied 12 different times.
“We had a hard time with Dakota State’s (Stacy) Duklau and (Sandy Smith). They did a good job offensively,” Tabbert said of his team’s opponent.
SDM finally broke the stalemate late in the game when Madison was whistled for two side-out calls to make the score, 29-26. Duklau got a point back for the visitors with a kill shot, followed by a point from teammate Vicki Kaul, but the rally stopped there. SDM’s Katherine Hanson earned the final point to put her team up, 2-0.
The final set went down in similar fashion. It was a late-game momentum swing, orchestrated by Hardrocker setter Tessa Howe that set the wheels in motion.
“We got a couple big blocks from Tessa,” Tabbert said. “Blocks are big momentum swings.���
The Hardrockers were 81-86 on the serve with six aces. Amanda Cammack (Sturgis) paced SDM, making good on 20-21 serves with one ace and Howe was a perfect 15-15.
Jenny Hiykel (Omaha, Neb.) had quite a night for the home team. She was 9-10 on the serve with three aces, came up with 30 digs of the team’s 86, had 42 assists and was 15-15 on serve receive.
The Lady Hardrockers were also productive at the net, tallying 46 kills. Agnieska Koperek (Belchow, Poland) led the team with 14, Cammack had 11 and Katherine Hanson (Sioux Falls) came up with 10.
South Dakota Mines will be back in action today, squaring off with Jamestown College.
The action is set to start at 3 p.m.
South Dakota Mines 3, Dakota State 0
Trojans 19 28 23
Hardrockers 30 30 30
Serves: 81-86, 6 aces (Amanda Cammack 20-21, 1 ace; Tessa Howe 15-15; Jenny Hiykel 9-10, 3 aces).
Attacks: 50-60 46 kills (Agnieska Koperek 15-18, 14 kills; Amanda Cammack 3-5, 11 kills; Katherine Hanson 8-12, 10 kills). Blocks: 3 solo 15 assisted.
Digs: 86 (Jenny Hiykel 30).
Serve Receive: 61-61 (Jenny Hiykel 15)/
Assists: 44 (Jenny Hiykel 42).
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