DICKINSON, ND- The Blue Hawk volleyball team took on the Valley City Vikings Saturday afternoon for their final game of the 2017 season. The Blue Hawks battled the Vikings earlier in the season and the Vikings were victorious in a 3-0 affair.
Saturday, the Vikings jumped out to an early lead in the first set. But, the Blue Hawks slowly chipped away at Valley's lead. The two teams battled back and forth down the stretch in the first set. Ultimately the Vikings attack was too much for DSU and Valley took the first set 25-23.
In the second set the Blue Hawks responded. The DSU team came out strong and jumped out to a 14-7 lead. The Blue Hawks held their distance from the Vikings, not allowing them within five points. The Blue Hawks pulled away towards the end of the set and won 25-14.
In the third, the Blue Hawks continued steady play. The Blue Hawks, with the help of a strong start, took the third set 25-18. To begin the fourth set the Blue Hawks gave up four straight aces to the Valley service. That hole proved too big for the Blue Hawks and the Vikings were able to ride the momentum to a 25-21 fourth set victory.
Into the winner-take-all fifth set both the Blue Hawks and Vikings were high energy looking for the win. The Blue Hawks took a strong 8-3 lead and held the five-point margin to 13-8. But, the Vikings began chipping away at the lead and cut the Blue Hawk lead to 14-13. The Vikings then rallied taking the lead for the first time in the set, 15-14. The Blue Hawks knotted things back up at 15, but gave up two quick points to the Vikings, ending the set 17-15 and the match 3-2.
The Blue Hawk Volleyball team recognized their five seniors for the 2017 season:
Shaylee Singleton- Shaylee came to DSU in the fall of 2014 and played her freshman year as a defensive specialist. During her time as a Blue Hawk she accumulated over 1,000 career digs, and has become one of the top defensive specialists for the program. Shaylee is a two-time NSAA Academic Scholar Athlete. Shaylee is double majoring in Accounting and Business Administration. She is the daughter of Joni and Jerry Singleton.
Ali Joslyn- Ali transferred to DSU from Lake Region College in the spring of 2015. During her time as a Blue Hawk she was a two-time NSAA Academic Scholar Athlete, and one of the best teammates to come through the program. She is majoring in Mathematics and minoring in Earth Science. She is the daughter of Sherry and Duane Joslyn.
Magdalyn Rauser- Magdalyn came to DSU in the fall of 2013 from Toston, MT. During her time as a Blue Hawk she was a 3 time NSAA Academic Scholar Athlete. Magdalyn is majoring in Elementary Education and will double minor in Leadership and Psychology. She is the daughter of Michelle and John Rauser.
Shayna Uffelman- Shayna came to DSU in the fall of 2014 from Hardin, MT. During her time as a Blue hawk she became one of the top servers for the Blue Hawks, and a competitive defensive specialist. Shayna is majoring in Agriculture Business. She is the daughter of Penny and Steve Uffelman.
Shelby Gustafson- Shelby came to DSU in the fall of 2014 from Fargo, ND. During her time as a Blue Hawk she became one of the top offensive players. She accumulated over 600 kills and 100 aces. Gustafson is a three-time NSAA Academic Scholar Athlete in volleyball and track and field. Shelby is majoring in Psychology and will double minor in Biology and Leadership. She is the daughter of Carlene and Todd Gustafson.