After opening with two losses to both Carroll College and Lewis-Clark State, the Blue Hawks answer with victories over Multnomah and Montana Western to kick off the 2017 season.
The Carroll College Fighting Saints used a balanced offensive attack to take down Dickinson State 3-1 (25-21, 25-12, 21-25, 25-14) in the first game of the Big Sky Volleyball Challenge in Butte, MT. Casey McInerney led the team with 10 kills, while 4 other players chipped in at least 6. The Blue Hawks dropped the first two sets before rallying for a set 3 win, but the Carroll attack proved too strong as CC ended the match with a strong 25-14 win in set 4. Kylie Hadley led DSU with 8 kills and Shelby Gustafson added 6. Keera Stookey directed the Hawks offense with a team-high 13 assists, while Makenzie Digesualdo was close behind with 12.
Lewis-Clark State College (ID) rode the impressive play of Rachel Gregg to a 3-0 (25-16,25-19, 25-22) win over Dickinson State in Butte, MT. Gregg pounded out 16 kills at a .455 attack percentage to overpower the Blue Hawks. Shelby Gustafson led DSU with 6 kills on only 9 attacks, an impressive .667 attack percentage. However, LCSC proved too much taking the match in straight sets moving DSU to 0-2 on the young season.
The Blue Hawks relied on a resurgent offensive attack to cruise to a 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-18) victory over Multnomah College (OR) to open Day 2 of the Big Sky Volleyball Challenge. Kylie Hadley led DSU with 8 kills, while the offense as a whole attacked at a .235 percent clip for the match. Ellie Hanser added 6 kills and Sydney Bentz chipped in 5 to highlight the offense. Keera Stookey and Makenzie Digesualdo again directed the DSU attack registering 13 and 14 assists, respectively. Madysen Trout and Miranda Halverson led the Multnomah offense with 10 and 8 kills respectively, but a solid defensive performance by the Blue Hawks held them mostly in check.
DSU won a thrilling 3-2 (25-22, 20-25, 15-25, 25-19, 15-10) match over Montana Tech in the final game of the Big Sky Volleyball Challenge to move to 2-2 on the weekend, and the season. Kylie Hadley led the Blue Hawks with her first double-double of the year (10 kills and 13 digs), while Kennedy Hildebrand was superb for DSU registering 11 kills on only 19 attacks. Ellie Hanser also added 10 kills. Makenzie Digesualdo and Keera Stookey contributed in usual fashion with 24 and 18 assists, respectively, while Digesualdo matched Hadley with a double-double of her own adding 13 digs. Shaylee Singleton and Ali Hert solidified the Blue Hawk defense with the former registering a season high 13 digs, and the latter providing 9.