VALLEY CITY, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – Dickinson State University swept Valley City State in three straight sets Tuesday night 25-22, 25-15, and 28-26.
Coming off a weekend victory over Mayville State, Dickinson State continued their momentum Tuesday night as they took and carried an early lead through set one. Their largest lead came at 23-14. After a Dickinson State service error, the Vikings went on an 8-1 rally to come as close as 24-22 in the set. A final kill from Dickinson State Baylie Dashner gave the Blue Hawks set one, 25-22.
Dickinson State never trailed in the second set as Valley City State struggled to hold onto their momentum. Dickinson State hit .207 to Valley City State’s -.081 in set two as Dickinson State earned the win 25-15.
The Vikings took the floor ready for battle in the third set as neither team led by more than four points. With the Blue Hawks trailing 21-24 Dickinson State scored with consecutive kills from Kadara Marshall and Cassie North, prompting a Valley City State timeout.
Another kill by North allowed a tie game at 24. A Viking attack error gave Dickinson State the 25-24 advantage and prompted another Valley City State timeout.
The timeout proved valuable as the Vikings came out with back-to-back kills from Bailey Nelson and Nissa Johnson to take over the lead 26-25. A Viking attack error followed by a DSU service ace and Alyssa Wisher kill secured the win for Dickinson State 28-26.
Dickinson State improves to 7-9 overall, and 2-5 in the North Star. Valley City State falls to 4-13 overall and 0-7 in the NSAA.
Dickinson State was led by Baylie Dashner who recorded 12 kills followed by by Alyssa Wisher and Cassie North who each added eight. Jenna Swope led the Blue Hawk defense with 15 digs.
Keera Stookey contributed 17 assists and Karlie Cleveland added 13 assists and two service aces for the Blue Hawks.
UP NEXT: Valley City State travels to No. 11 University of Jamestown for a non-conference match on Wednesday, Oct. 9. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.
(photos courtesy of the VCSU Athletic Department)