Columbia, Mo. - The Black Hills State volleyball team suffered two losses Friday in Columbia, Mo. and fell to 1-2 on the season.

The Yellow Jackets lost their first match of the day to Lindenwood University in five games. Black Hills State took game one 30-26 before suffering a hard-fought loss in game two 29-31. The Yellow Jackets then took game three from the Lions 30-22 before falling in game four 25-30 and then again in game five 10-15.

“I really think that were the better team today,” said head coach Jhett Albers. “The second game was pivotal for us. We just couldn’t close it out when we needed to.”

Junior Mindi Mayer and freshman Kristin Engle played well for the Yellow Jackets in the middle. Engle led Black Hills State with eight blocks and Mayer tallied seven. Senior Alyssa Boeding had 17 kills for Black Hills State while Mayer and senior Amber Elliot each had 11 kills.

“We struggled with consistency. If we want to get better, we will have to avoid these highs and lows,” said Albers.

In the second match of the day the Yellow Jackets would face No. 3 Columbia. Black Hills State fell in three games to Columbia by scores of 30-22, 30-28 and 30-25.

“Even though we lost this match in three games, we played a lot better against Columbia. We were more aggressive and more confident. Columbia put together strings of points on us and served the ball really well. That is an area that we will need to work on,” commented Albers.

The Yellow Jackets will return to action tomorrow against Concordia (Neb.) in Columbia, Mo. Albers commented on facing Concordia.

“They have a middle blocker that stands about 6’3” and are a tough serving team. If we play like we did against Columbia, I think we will be able to compete. The competition here is really good for us. We need to continue to develop and build on these experiences and then we will be ready to compete in the conference season.”
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