South Dakota senior outside hitter Audrey Reeg and junior setter Brittany Jessen each record double-doubles as the Coyotes swept in-state rival South Dakota State 25-19, 25-19, 25-15 Sunday afternoon at Frost Arena. The match served as the first event in the South Dakota Showdown Series and gave the Coyotes one point for the win.
USD is on a four-game winning streak and is 15-2 on season. The Coyotes are one of two undefeated teams in the Summit League and have a record of 4-0. They have swept every Summit opponent. South Dakota has matched its 15 wins from last season and still has 13 games left in the regular season.
With the loss, South Dakota State is 2-13 and 1-3 in conference play.
“We always love getting this win”, said South Dakota head volleyball coach Leanne Williamson. “The rivalry game is fun to be a part of, but it also creates some different matchups. I didn’t think we played our best volleyball in sets one and two, but we did enough to pill out those wins. In set three, our offense really got going and allowed us to pull away.
“To have won all of our conference matches in three sets shows how dynamic we can be. We know that it will not always be like that though, so we will have to keep preparing for how to bounce back. We had a lot of great individual performances which reminds the team how deep we are and the success we can have across the board.”
Reeg led the Coyotes with 14 kills and added 10 digs for the double-double. This is her eighth double-double of the year. She also added three assists, one service ace and one block.
Jessen spread the wealth and totaled 39 assists. She tallied her fifth double-double of the year as she had a match-high 13 digs. She had the third-most kills on the team with eight and did so with a .538 hitting percentage.
Freshman outside hitter Elizabeth Loschen tallied 10 kills with a .444 clip and senior middle blocker Brown had seven kills with a .462 hitting percentage. Sophomore outside hitter Hayley Dotseth tallied six kills while junior middle blocker Kelly Law and redshirt-sophomore outside hitter Rachel Schmidt both recorded three. Altogether, the Coyotes had 51 kills to the Jacks 29.
Defensively, Jessen and Reeg led the Yotes in digs. Freshman Anne Rasmussen and sophomore libero Lauren Mattison helped protect the back line with nine and eight digs, respectively. Law tallied a match-high six total blocks as the Coyotes recorded seven total team blocks compared to the Jackrabbits two.
With the Coyotes down 13-9 in the first set, USD went on a 7-0 run to take a 16-13 lead. Reeg swatted down three kills during the run while Law and Loschen each recorded a kill and combined for a block. With South Dakota up 16-14, the Coyotes used a 6-0 run to increase the lead to 22-14 and went on to win the first set 25-19.
The second set was tied a total of eight times. South Dakota had an 18-17 lead before the team went on a 7-2 run to end the set. Reeg, Loschen and Dotseth each tallied a kill during the run and Law added a solo block as USD won the second set 25-19 and took a 2-0 match lead.
In the third set, USD jumped out to 15-6 lead and never let the Jacks get back in the game. Reeg closed out the match by swatting down three straight kills as the Coyotes won the set 25-15 and swept the Jackrabbits.
“We are definitely excited to be at home this coming weekend for DakotaDays and to play in front of our favorite fans,” said Williamson.
The Coyotes host IUPUI on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and look to remain undefeated in the Sanford Coyote Sports Center and in Summit League play.