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BHSU Volleyball defeats Bulldogs, splits first matches of 2019; Hardrockers open with split

BHSU Sports Release & SD School of Mines Release - September 7, 2019

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Black Hills State University volleyball team opened the 2019 season splitting two matches at the Southern Invitational. In the first match of the day, and the year, the Yellow Jackets (1-1) took down Southwest Oklahoma State University (0-1), 3-1, before falling, 3-0, to Missouri Southern State University (1-0).

"It was great to get our first win this morning, but we struggled to maintain our offensive tempo in the second match. We are still working on consistency and finding who our go-to's are in the early season," said head coach Kristin Carmichael. "We are excited to play again tomorrow and get better every day."

BHSU 3, SWOSU 1 (26-28, 25-23, 27-25, 25-15)

In the first set, the Yellow Jackets got on the board first with a kill by Sierra Ward, but the Bulldogs quickly jumped out to a 14-8 lead. After a BHSU timeout, the Green and Gold battled back to tie up the set, 16-16. The rest of the set was a back-and-forth affair, with SWOSU eventually earning the 28-26 set victory.

The Bulldogs kept the momentum early in the second set, eventually leading by seven points, 19-12. Taking advantage of some SWOSU errors and a pair of kills by Ashley Uffelman, the Yellow Jackets chipped away and pulled within two, 21-19. After a timeout, the Green and Gold would go on to take the lead, 23-22, and ultimately the set, 25-23. BHSU ended the set on a 13-4 run to tie up the match, 1-1.

The third set proved to be another battle, with neither team able to grab a substantial lead. With the set tied, 16-16, the teams traded sideouts until again tying up the set at 25. Tess Thomas was back to serve and tallied an ace before assisting Laurel Lech on the set-winning kill for the Yellow Jackets.

The beginning of the fourth set stayed tight, but after a 5-5 tie, the Green and Gold gained momentum, gradually increasing their lead. Using a 7-2 run, BHSU closed out the set, 25-15, and the match, 3-1.

Ward and Madee Hoopman each finished the match with 10 kills, while Kindra Cerrone had eight. Lech recorded her first double-double of the season, tallying 24 assists and 11 digs. The senior also had six kills and three block assists. Haedyn Rhoades finished with 22 digs, and Ceronne (13) and Jessy Hibl (11) each reached double-digit digs.

MSSU 3, BHSU 0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-16)

The Lions jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the first set and never looked back. The Yellow Jackets were able to get within two points a number of times, but were unable to break through, and MSSU took the first set, 25-18.

MSSU used a series of runs to take control of the second set, beginning and ending with a 4-0 run. The third set was similar, with the Yellow Jackets trailing 6-5 before the Lions rattled off three consecutive kills en route to a 25-16 victory.

Peyton Bodemann and Lech both finished with seven kills in the match. Lech added 13 assists and eight digs.

In other area volleyball action:

The South Dakota School of Mines volleyball team had a successful first day of competition as they split their first two matches at the Best Western West Hills Inn Eagle Classic in Chadron, NE.

The Hardrockers opened their 2019 season with a win over Montana State Billings in a tight five set match, 19-25, 25-21, 27-29, 25-18, 20-18.  Despite a slow start in set one, the Hardrockers were able to spark their fire as they changed sides for set two. They were able to find their rhythm in their line up consisting of 4 returning players and 5 newcomers. Set three proved to be another tight set as there were 20 tied points and 9 lead changes throughout the set. The Hardrockers took back control of the match in set four, as there were no lead changes after the first point scored for the Hardrockers. At point 10 Caryn Hazard rattled off 8 consecutive serves that gave the Hardrockers the momentum to close out the set at 25-18.

Set 5 was an emotional set for both teams, as there were 8 lead changes and 14 tied points. It took the Hardrockers a few extra points to secure the win in the 15 point set. In the final point Shyann Bastian served a tough ball that forced the Yellow Jackets into Caryn Hazard's block to end the match.

The Rockers ended the match with 71 kills on 193 attacks and had an overall hitting percentage of .212. Offensively, the Hardrockers were paced by Dana Thomson and Caryn Hazard who collected 23 and 16 kills.  Bastian and Addie Stanley posted 33 and 29 assists. The Rockers held a one block advantage over MSUB and were led by Hannah Stevenson who led the team with 6 block assists. Freshman Anna Thomas held down the Hardrockers defensively with 25 digs, the match high.

"Billings played out of their minds against us and it was so fun to watch our team stay in control of the tempo and energy as they battled through. Our offense was extremely well rounded in the first match which is a coach's dream and our defense pursued every ball," Lauren Torvi said.

In the second match of the day, the Hardrockers squared off with RMAC foe, Chadron State in a non-conference match.  They were able to fight their way through another 5-set match, but found themselves dropping the final set 18-16.

The Hardrockers were once paced by the offensive efforts of Thomson, Hazard and Victoria Zagorski who combined for 42 of the Hardrockers 60 kills.  Bastian and Stanley posted 23 and 20 assists while coordinating the Hardrocker offense. Once again, the Hardrocker defense was upheld by Thomas who tallied 26 digs.  Stevenson and Jacey Koethe both racked up 5 block assists throughout the match.

"I was so proud of our resilience and effort against both Billings and Chadron. Chadron played with a lot of fire in their first match of the season, and it is always a tough environment to play at their house. We have a lot of things to reflect on and learn from today as we look forward to tomorrow," Torvi said.

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