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School of Mines teammates confer Saturday
Courtesy of Brad Blume
School of Mines teammates confer Saturday

Hardrockers Close Out UNK Tourney With 2 Wins


Brad Blume, School of Mines Media Relations - September 2, 2018

KEARNEY, Neb. --- The South Dakota School of Mines women's volleyball team had a very successful Day 2 during the University of Nebraska-Kearney volleyball tournament Saturday in Kearney, Neb., earning two wins to close out the tournament.

The Hardrockers looked sharp in victories over Midwestern State (Texas), 3-1, and again when they won in straight sets over Newman University (Kan.), 3-0.

"Our execution was night and day from Friday to Saturday. I was proud to see this team come together and compete against two very talented teams today and come out on top because of our ability to execute," said Hardrocker volleyball head coach Lauren Torvi. "Not only was it great to see them fight for wins, it was great to watch them let loose and play simple, consistent volleyball the way we know how. We had a lot of fun all around and I'm confident they are capable of much more if they play the way the did today."

In the first match of the day, SD Mines defeated Midwestern State, 23-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-22. The 'Rockers ended the match with 44 kills on 150 attacks and had a .140 hitting percentage. They grabbed 44 assists, 74 digs and seven total blocks. Their opponents collected 43 kills on 168 attacks and a hitting percentage of .036. They added 41 assists, 76 digs and 13 total blocks.

Freshman Dana Thomson delivered a solid performance for the Lady 'Rockers with a .288 hitting percentage while collecting 21 kills on 52 attacks and added nine digs. Fellow freshman Shyann Bastian added eight kills and sophomore Rayleigh Peterson contributed with six kills.

Junior Allie Boggs earned 34 assists for SD Mines and came up with 14 digs. Sophomore Tana Dahlberg paced the Hardrockers with 26 digs and Bastian added 13.

The Hardrockers followed that with a 3-0 blanking of Newman University. SD Mines defeated Newman, 25-22, 25-19, 25-19. The 'Rockers had a .252 hitting percentage as a team and recorded 39 kills on 107 attacks, came up with 38 assists, 47 digs and six total blocks. Newman managed 28 kills on 98 attacks, 25 assists, 49 digs and six total blocks.

Thomson, who currently leads the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in total kills and kills per set, posted 16 in the match on 42 attacks for a .310 hitting percentage. The Fruita, Colorado, native now has 145 kills on the season and is averaging five per set. She is also the leading scorer in the RMAC with 156 points and is averaging 5.38 per set.

Bastian and Peterson both notched six kills against Newman while senior Anna Breidt earned seven. Boggs tallied 19 assists while Bastian added 17 and Dahlberg led the team with 16 digs.

"Tana, Allie Boggs and Shyann performed very well for us today," Torvi added. "They really made the difference."

Next up, the Hardrockers return to Rapid City for their home and RMAC opener Friday night against Dixie State in a 7 p.m. match at the King Center.

Our execution was night and day from Friday to Saturday. I was proud to see this team come together and compete against two very talented teams today and come out on top because of our ability to execute. Not only was it great to see them fight for wins, it was great to watch them let loose and play simple, consistent volleyball the way we know how. We had a lot of fun all around and I'm confident they are capable of much more if they play the way the did today.



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