College Volleyball

Harrisburg Alum Slaughter Joins Confident Coyote Volleyball Team

USD Coming Off First NCAA Tournament Appearance & Summit League Tournament Championship

VERMILLION, S.D.  —  The Coyote volleyball team finally broke the Denver block to win a Summit League Tournament Championship and make their first ever appearance in the NCAA Division One Tournament appearance. Now expectations are even higher as a familiar new face helps them reload. It was media day for the Coyotes down in Vermillion today followed by a practice. …

USD Signs Volleyball Coach Leanne Williamson To Five Year Deal

Led Coyotes To First NCAA Division One Tournament Appearance Last Year

VERMILLION, S.D.—South Dakota Athletic Director David Herbster announced this week a new five-year contract with head volleyball coach Leanne Williamson. The announcement follows one of the most successful seasons in program history highlighted by 21 wins and the team’s first appearance in the NCAA Division I Tournament.   “Leanne has proven to be an outstanding coach and leader of young…

Mustangs’ Reiss Receives Award on National TV

Mustangs' Reiss Receives Award on National TV

LOS ANGELES – Southwest Minnesota State University senior volleyball player Taylor Reiss officially received the Division II Honda Athlete of the Year Award on Monday night at the Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) presented by Honda at Galen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California. Reiss, a native of Tauton, Minn., received the award and was interviewed in front of…

Coyotes Release 2019 Volleyball Schedule

USD To Host Iowa & Wyoming

VERMILLION, S.D. – A home match with Iowa and seven other teams that finished the 2018 season in the top 100 of the NCAA RPI rankings highlight South Dakota volleyball’s 2019 schedule released Monday by head coach Leanne Williamson.   The Coyotes will host a tournament inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center for the second-straight season. Three road tournaments and…

SMSU’s Taylor Reiss Named National Athlete Of The Year In Division Two

Will Be Honored Next Week In Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA – Taylor Reiss, a senior outside hitter from the Southwest Minnesota State University volleyball team, has been named the Division II Honda Athlete of the Year as announced by Executive Director Chris Voelz of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) presented by Honda.   Reiss will be presented with this honor on a live telecast on CBS…

NSIC Volleyball Tournament Moving To Sanford Pentagon

Eight-Team Tournament Agrees To Deal From 2019-2021

BURNSVILLE, Minn. –  The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and the Sanford Pentagon are excited to announce an agreement that will bring the NSIC Volleyball Tournament to Sioux Falls, South Dakota for the next three years.  The eight-team, single elimination tournament will be held at the Sanford Pentagon in the 2019, 2020 and 2021 seasons. The NSIC Volleyball Tournament, one of,…

Taryn Kloth Ready To Hit The Beach At LSU With Creighton Career Behind Her

O'Gorman Alum To Play Beach Volleyball In Spring

OMAHA, NE  —  Taryn Kloth left O’Gorman and arrived at Creighton with plenty of potential. “You kind of realize how fast the game is moving, how great other players are, how to defend them, what shots you can add to your arsenal in order to attack the other team. So, honestly, a lot of areas I improved I feel like.”…

Future Looks Bright For USD Volleyball After First NCAA Tournament Trip

Coyotes Graduate Four Seniors From 21-10 Team

OMAHA, NE  —  Making the NCAA Volleyball Tournament was an historic moment for South Dakota. One which they hope has set the precendent for making future trips more routine. Despite being swept in the NCAA Tournament by Creighton and saying goodbye to four seniors, USD had plenty to be proud of during their 21-10 season.  Breaking through and ending Denver’s run…

USD Crowd At NCAA Tournament Draws Coyotes Admiration

Big South Dakota Contingent Helped Make Special Atmosphere At NCAA Tournament

OMAHA, NE  —  Aside from making it to volleyball’s Big Dance, the most memorable moment of USD’s NCAA Tournament debut yesterday may have been the fan support that came to Omaha to cheer them on. Coyote fans filled more than a section and half of DJ Sokol arena and were a big part of the sellout crowd of 2,552.  Though they…

Creighton Ends USD’s Historic Season In NCAA Tournament

Coyotes Swept In First Ever Apperance In The Division One Tournament

OMAHA, NE —   South Dakota’s historic volleyball season came to an end at the hands of a Creighton team that looked more than worthy of it’s #9 national seed. USD was swept in their first ever NCAA Division One Tournament appearance 25-14, 25-14 and 25-22 by the host Creighton Blue Jays on Friday night in Omaha, Nebraska. Sioux Falls native…

USD Volleyball Excited For Selection Sunday

Coyotes Learn NCAA Tournament Draw Tonight

VERMILLION, S.D.  —  Tonight is the night for the South Dakota volleyball team to hear their named called for the first time ever in the NCAA Division One Tournament Selection Show. The Summit League Champion Coyotes will gather tonight at the Old Lumber Company in Vermillion to watch the selection show on ESPN U at 7:30.  The NCAA tends to…

COMEBACK COYOTES! USD Rallies Past Denver To Claim Summit League Title & NCAA Tournament Bid

USD Beats Host Denver 3-2 In Summit League Tournament Championship Match

Denver, Colo. –South Dakota captured its first Summit League Volleyball Championship on Sunday, defeating Denver (27-25, 24-26, 19-25, 25-21, 15-6) in the title match at Hamilton Gymnasium. The Coyotes will be making their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament and clinched their first automatic berth as a Summit League member.   Who Stood Out South Dakota was led by Tournament MVP Taylor…

Coyotes Beat Bison To Advance To Summit Volleyball Championship

3-1 Win Sets Up Championship Date With Denver

Denver, Colo. –No. 2 South Dakota beat No. 6 North Dakota State (25-11, 21-25, 25-11, 25-23) in the second semifinal match of Saturday’s competitions. The Coyotes secured the final spot in the championship match scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. MT. USD will match up against No. 1 Denver to see who will be crowned the champion.  …

Coyotes End Regular Season With Sweep Of NDSU

USD Will Be #2 Seed In Summit League Tournament

VERMILLION, S.D. – A balanced offensive attack ushered South Dakota to yet another Summit League volleyball sweep on Sunday afternoon inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.   The Coyotes, registering their eighth sweep in the last nine matches, had four players with eight or more kills in the regular season finale, a 25-18, 25-18, 25-17 victory over North Dakota State….

Dordt Sweeps Northwestern To Claim GPAC Title

Defenders Win 3-0

SIOUX CENTER, IA  —  The Dordt volleyball team, NAIA National Runner-Up in each of the last two years, punched their ticket for a return to the tournament, sweeping rival Northwestern in the GPAC Tournament Championship.  Click on the video viewer for highlights! Categories: College Sports, Colleges – Dordt, Colleges – Northwestern, Sports Tags: College Volleyball, Dordt Defenders, Northwestern Red Raiders

Viterbo Ends Dakota State’s Cinderella Run In The North Star Tournament Championship

Trojans Swept In Title Match

LA CROSSE, WI  —  Dakota State’s Cinderella run in the North Star Athletic Association Tournament came to a close one win shy of the NAIA National Tournament. The Trojan volleyball team fell to host Viterbo in the championship match 3-0 and finishing the season 19-13.  Click on the video viewer for highlights! Categories: College Sports, Colleges – Dakota State, Sports…

Duluth Downs SMSU In NSIC Tournament Championship

Mustangs Fall 3-1

DULUTH, Minn. – The No. 3-seeded Southwest Minnesota State volleyball team fell 3-1 (25-15, 25-23, 23-25, 25-22) to top-seeded Minnesota Duluth in the championship match of the NSIC Tournament held in the Romano Gymnasium on Saturday night. SMSU (23-8) now awaits its post-season fate on Sunday night as the 64-team NCAA tournament field will be announced at 9 p.m. CST at…

USD Moves Into 2nd Place In Summit With Sweep At Omaha

Wrap Up Regular Season Next Week

OMAHA, NE – South Dakota overcame a slow start and posted a Summit League sweep over Omaha Sunday afternoon at Baxter Arena, 25-23, 25-20, 25-16.   The victory moves the Coyotes into sole possession of second place in the Summit League at 11-3 with only home matches remaining against North Dakota on Friday and North Dakota State on Sunday (Nov….

Coyotes Sweep At Fort Wayne

USD Volleyball Improves To 10-2 In Summit League

FORT WAYNE, Indiana – South Dakota kept its momentum going on Sunday registering its fifth-straight Summit League sweep, this time over Purdue Fort Wayne inside Gates Sports Center, 26-24, 25-16, 25-22.   Taylor Wilson provided 15 kills and a .367 hitting percentage while Hayley Dotseth recorded 13 kills and 11 digs as the Coyotes moved to 16-8 overall and 10-2…