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BHSU vs Westminster Friday Night.
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BHSU vs Westminster Friday Night.

BHSU and School of Mines drop conference games Friday night

BHSU and School of Mines Media Relations - September 7, 2018

SPEARFISH, S.D. – The Black Hills State University volleyball team lost, 3-1, to Westminster in its home opener to kick off conference play. The Griffins won by scores of 25-17, 25-18, 19-25, and 25-20.

"It was disappointing that for the first home game we let our inconsistencies and inexperience show," said head coach Kristin Carmichael. "But the conference is young, and we have a lot of room to improve."

After back-and-forth action in the first set, Westminster took hold of a 7-4 lead. A kill from Makayla Bell set up by Laurel Lech, and a service ace from Carisa Becerra gave the Yellow Jackets its first lead of the set with a 9-8 score. The Griffins went on a 5-0 run to take an 18-13 lead. Westminster kept the momentum going and took the first set, 25-17.

The Yellow Jackets started to find its rhythm, going on a 3-0 run to cut the Griffins lead, 12-10. A kill by Peyton Bodemann and Ellise Lech tied up the set, 15-15. The Griffins went on to take the set, 25-18, and lead the match, 2-0.

Black Hills State took charge with back-to-back kills from Lech and Bodemann to put the Green and Gold ahead with a 6-2 score in the third set. Westminster took a, 9-7, lead, but the Jackets went on a 4-0 run to lead the Griffins by two. The Yellow Jackets held on to the lead, and a service ace from Jessy Hibl finished the set with a 25-19 score, to give them the first win of the set.

With neither team setting a stable lead in the fourth set, the Griffins jumped ahead with a 5-0 run to lead, 17-11. Westminster kept that stride to take the set, 25-20, and the match, 3-1.

The Green and Gold will be back in action Saturday, Sept. 8, to face Dixie State to complete the RMAC opening weekend. First serve is set at 5:30 p.m. at the Donald E. Young Center.


RAPID CITY, S.D. --- The South Dakota School of Mines women's volleyball team opened Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play along with its 2018 home opener Friday night hosting Dixie State at the King Center in Rapid City, South Dakota.

It was a heated exchange, but the Trailblazers were able to come away with a 3-0 victory. Dixie defeated the Hardrockers 25-12, 25-21, 25-15. SD Mines finished the match with 23 kills on 121 attacks to go along with 20 assists, 56 digs and three total blocks. The Blazers closed out the bout with 40 kills on 117 attacks, 37 assists, 65 digs and 17 blocks.

Individually for the 'Rockers, freshman Dana Thomson led the way with nine kills on 44 attacks and 13 digs, while sophomore Rayleigh Peterson collected six kills and freshman Shyann Bastian, senior Anna Breidt and junior Caryn Hazard each contributed with two kills. Bastian also came up with 11 assists and eight digs and sophomore libero Tana Dahlberg posted 11 digs in the match.

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