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BHSU Volleyball

BHSU Volleyball
College Volleyball: BHSU Splits Day 2, Earns First Win of the Season
BHSU Athletics - September 3, 2017

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Black Hills State University volleyball team split day two at the Country Inn and Suites Invitational, falling in five sets to Fort Hays State University, 3-2, and defeating the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, 3-2.

Black Hills State improves to 1-3 on the season while FHSU falls to 1-2 and UAFS falls to 2-1.

Game 1: FHSU 3, BHSU 2

A forced fifth set carried Fort Hays State University over the Yellow Jackets. BHSU won sets two and three and fell in one, four and five. The sets went as follows: 25-20, 25-19, 25-12, 25-19, and 15-13.

In set one, the Green and Gold maintained a lead until 18-14 when a kill by Tatum Bartels pushed the Tigers on an 8-0 run. FHSU took their first lead at 19-18, and kept it. The Yellow Jackets stopped the run at 22-18 and closed the gap by two at 22-20. From there, the Tigers scored three points to end the set at 25-20 and take the lead, 1-0, in the match.

Set two was a different story as the Yellow Jackets led the whole set. FHSU kept it close, pushing the Green and Gold. At 13-10, BHSU stepped it up to increase the lead by six, scoring three points on Tiger errors to lead 16-10. Fort Hays tried to close in, scoring one on a kill by Magan Alexander to trail 16-11.

From there, the Yellow Jackets scored three points to lead by eight at 19-11, and kept the momentum to win the set 25-19, and tie the match 1-1.

The Green and Gold kept the momentum heading into set three as they took off on a 7-0 run. Fort Hays stopped it with a kill by Callie Christensen to put the Tigers on the scoreboard. From there, FHSU continued to close the lead but it was not enough. The Yellow Jackets went on another 7-0 run starting at 18-12 to shut down the Tigers, win the set 25-12, and lead the match 2-1.

In set four, the Green and Gold got out to a 6-1 lead over FHSU, but at 10-7 the Tigers went on a 5-point run to take over the lead at 12-10. From there, Fort Hays pressured the Yellow Jackets and forced a set five after taking set four 25-19 and tying the match 2-2.

Forcing a set five, the two teams traded off points until 12-all. The Tigers went ahead to take the lead by two at 14-12. The Yellow Jackets tried to stop FHSU and trailed by one at 14-13, but it was not enough as Fort Hays scored the game point to win 15-13 and take the match 3-2.

"It was really nice to see the girls put a match together this morning," said head coach Kristin Carmichael. "It's always hard to lose in five, but it was great to see us reach some of our statistical goals. I was especially pleased with our communication, energy, and aggressive attitude."

Sierra Stugelmeyer and Kazmer led the way on offense, tallying 13 kills each. Cheyenne Palu was right behind with 12. Laurel Lech recorded 43 assists.

Sydney Ederhoff led the defense with 25 digs, while true freshman Reilley Baty registered 17 digs in her second day of collegiate play. Palu led the blockers, tallying seven while L. Lech was alongside her with six.

Game 2: BHSU 3 UAFS 2

Another five-set match tested the endurance of Black Hills State, as they pulled out the win against the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, 3-2. BHSU won sets two, three, and five and lost sets one and four.

In the second set, the Yellow Jackets ran away with it. At 18-15, the Green and Gold went on a 7-0 run to close out the set, 25-15. The run started on an error by the Lady Lions. From there, Sierra Stugelmeyer put three points away with assists from Laurel Lech. It was too much for the Lions, as they could not stop the Yellow Jacket attack. The Green and Gold tied the match 1-1.

In the third set, BHSU trailed by four at 16-12 to the Lions. Cheyenne Palu started the three-point run at 16-12 to come within one point at 16-15. From there, the two teams traded off points until 19-all, when the Yellow Jackets kept the lead to close out the set at 25-20 and take a 2-1 lead in the match.

The fourth set was a stinger as the two teams traded points until 11-all. From there, the Green and Gold grabbed the lead and held on to it until 21-all when the Lions really put the pressure on to force a set five. Debra Rogers, for UAFS, took the go-ahead point smashing it past the Yellow Jacket defense.

At 24-21, BHSU scored three straight points to tie it up at 24. The two teams traded off points until 27-all, but the Yellow Jackets could not regain the lead and fell, 27-25.

In the fifth set, the Green and Gold trailed for most of it, tying it up at 6-all and 10-all, but rallied back. From 10-all, BHSU scored four-points to lead 14-10 for its first lead of the set. However, it stunned the Lions as the Yellow Jackets took the set 15-12 for a 3-2 win on the match and their first win of the season.

"Getting our first win of the season was an important step for this team," said head coach Carmichael. "We showed a lot of emotional maturity and stayed aggressive when it mattered most. I'm very pleased with our total team effort on day two of the tournament and look forward to building from here."

Palu led the offense smashing down 17 kills and recording .484 hitting percentage, while Kenzie Kazmer and Ellise Lech were right behind with 14 kills and Stugelmeyer had 13. Laurel Lech registered her first career double-double tallying 57 assists and 20 digs.

On defense, Sydney Ederhoff recorded 24 digs, while Laurel Lech was right behind her. Palu tallied six block assists while the team had 10 total blocks.

Stugelmeyer was named to the All-Tournament for her consistent play all weekend and helping the team to its first victory.

Black Hills State returns to action Friday and Saturday, September 8 and 9 at the Hilltopper Classic in Austin, Texas, to face Texas-Permian Basin, Midwestern State, Southern Arkansas University, and St. Edwards University. First serve is set for 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday.



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