Dickinson, ND – The Dickinson State University Blue Hawks swept the Valley City State Vikings on Thursday, October 31, with set scores of: 25-22, 25-21, and 25-15. A varied offensive approach helped lead the Blue Hawks to their fourth victory of the season. DSU now stands at 4-22 on the year, while Valley City falls to 13-24. Not only did DSU sweep the match, but also the season series against Valley City. The Blue Hawks finished 2-0 against the Vikings.
A tight first two sets kept things interesting, as Valley City and Dickinson State battled for momentum. The first set saw a tied score six times, but only one lead change. Down 2-3, freshman Magdalyn Rauser notched a service ace that would kick start the Blue Hawk squad. After tying the set, DSU refused to fall behind again. Trailing 21-22 Valley City freshman Megan Good picked up the tying kill, but the Blue Hawks fired back with three straight points to gain a 1-0 set advantage.
Early on in the second set the Vikings had control, leading 12-16. Dickinson State would tie the score on an attack error by Viking senior Aurissa Martens. With junior libero Natasha Malanaserving the Blue Hawks picked up two more points to lead 19-17. It took 47 total rallies to end the second set in favor of the Blue Hawks.
Eight set tying points were tallied in the final set, including a Viking point with the score at 13-14, but Dickinson State would go on a nine point run behind the serving of sophomore Meghan Meyer. Meyer ended the match on a well placed service ace.
The Vikings had only player with 10 kills was Martens. She also had 10 digs. Megan Good had 13 assists and Stephanie Miller brought in 11 of her own. Emily Plowman led Valley City will 13 digs. As a team, the Vikings tallied 32 kills and 29 assists, with 46 digs and three blocks.
Dickinson State freshman Aly Schieno led with eight kills. Senior Melissa Avila was second on the team with six. Senior Kelly O'Connor racked up 23 assists. Malana led the Blue Hawks with 12 digs, while Meghan Meyer and Melissa Avila tallied 11. Part of the Blue Hawks success was due, in part, to the six service aces the team had. Dickinson State finished with 28 kills and assists, 53 digs, and nine total blocks.
The Blue Hawks will be back on the court Saturday, November 2, against Carroll College in Scott Gymnasium. The match is slated to start at 2 p.m.