South Dakota junior setter Brittany Jessen and senior outside hitter Audrey Reeg recorded a triple-double and double-double, respectively, as the Coyotes knocked off North Dakota 25-23, 25-8, 23-25, 25-14 Tuesday in the Sanford Coyote Sports Center in front of a crowd of 2,401.
“Tonight was a lot of fun,” said head volleyball coach Leanne Williamson. “The atmosphere was incredible, and it definitely helped us feed off their energy. I am very proud of this team for performing in a high pressure situation with a lot of buildup and making a statement to their fans that they will be fun to watch this year.”
Jessen recorded 39 assists, 19 digs and 12 kills for her third career triple-double. She swatted down the 12 kills with a .667 hitting percentage and no errors.
Reeg tallied 13 kills and 21 digs for her third double-double of the season.
Junior middle blocker Kelly Law added 10 kills, sophomore outside hitter Hayley Dotseth had nine and freshman Elizabeth Loschen added eight more. Law also hit her 10 kills with a .667 clip and no errors. Overall the Coyotes totaled 61 kills to the Fighting Hawks 39.
On the defensive end, Dotseth and sophomore libero Lauren Mattison each had 14 digs. Freshman Anne Rasmussen and senior middle blocker Lindsey Brown added 7 and 5, respectively.
Altogether the Coyotes had seven total team blocks and seven service aces.
With the Coyotes down 14-11 in set one, USD went on a 9-3 run to take a 20 -17 lead. Jessen and Dotseth both swatted down two kills. UND bounced back and tied the set at 23. Loschen recorded a kill, which was followed by a block assist from Dotseth and senior middle blocker Lindsey Brown, and the Coyotes won 25-23.
USD ran away with set two 25-8 and UND won set three 25-23.
South Dakota opened the fourth set on a 7-0 run. Jessen recorded a service ace while Law and Reeg each had a kill. The Coyotes never looked back as they won the set 25-14 and the match 3-1.
“We would like to thank the fans for coming out in full force tonight and showing their support for us,” said Williamson. “We are excited to continue playing for them in such a great venue with an amazing atmosphere.”
USD continues its home stand with UMKC as the Coyotes host the Kangaroos on Thursday at 7 p.m.