October 29, 2009

The Yellow Jacket volleyball team competed in their final two regular season home games this past weekend at the Donald E. Young Center gymnasium. Black Hills State was able to put on an impressive show and pick up a decisive win over foe Valley City State in three sets. Saturday, the Yellow Jackets came back to battle the Jamestown College Jimmies. The Yellow Jackets were unable to hand Jamestown their first loss of the season as they fell in four sets.

The Black Hills State volleyball team started their weekend of contests against the Vikings from Valley City State. Kristin Engle led the Yellow Jacket surge in the first set as she played a role in nine of the 25 points. The Yellow Jackets dominated set one convincingly 25-7. The Yellow Jackets found themselves down early in the second set, but showed their confidence and continuity as they came together and battled back. Set two ended as Maggie O’Neill smashed one crosscourt to take the set 25-20. The third set looked to be the Yellow Jackets’ throughout as they played solid on both the offensive and defensive side of the net. Black Hills State took the set and match with a 25-20 victory over VCSU.

Saturday evenings match was against a tough side from Jamestown College. Coming into the match, Jamestown had not lost a single set in DAC conference play. However, the Yellow Jackets were content on changing that. The battle against the Jimmies was intense from the first whistle to the last. A few late runs by Jamestown in the first set gave them the edge with a narrow 25-23 win. Set two also went to Jamestown, as they limited their errors and forced the Yellow Jackets to defend nearly every ball. They took the second set 25-20. Set three appeared to be headed in a similar direction as the first two sets until the Yellow Jackets called a timeout to regroup. Despite being down six big points early, Black Hills State battled back to tie the set at 18-18. The offensive power of middle hitter Kristin Engle was too much for the Jimmies as the Yellow Jackets took back the third set 26-24. Black Hills State was not able to bring the same fire to set number four as Jamestown gained an early lead and never looked back. The Yellow Jackets fell to lose the fourth set and the match 18-25.

“This weekend was good for us in the sense that it shows us where we need to be by the conference tournament. We had a few players step up big for us. Senior middle Kristin Engle and senior libero Carina Sweet both elevated their play and showed positive signs of leadership that we need going into the end of the season.  Now we need to develop that same consistency and confidence in other areas in order to reach our full potential,” said Assistant Coach Albers.

Next, the Yellow Jacket volleyball team will travel to Dakota State and Mayville State as the look to pick up two more conference victories over the Halloween weekend.

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