posted on October 16, 2007 16:13
Going into the game last week in Rapid City against South Dakota School of Mines the Yellow Jackets new they had to come away with a victory to stay in the top half of the conference. South Dakota School of Mines was 15-3 and the Yellow Jackets were 16-2 entering the game. “We knew it was going to be a competitive match and we needed to get in and out with a victory. When going on the road everybody in our league is really tough at home” said Coach Albers. The Yellow Jackets jumped on the Hardrockers early and won the match 3-0.
In game one, the Yellow Jackets got off to a great start taking advantage of the Hardrocker slow start. Senior Carly Benz sparked BHSU with a run of serves which helped the Yellow Jackets stretch their lead. The Jackets went on to take game one 30-20. Game two started out as a typical game between the two rival teams. The game went back and forth throughout the whole game. With the score being close at the 27 point mark sophomore Kristen Engle had a few key kills down the stretch to help secure the victory 30-27. “In the third game we probably played the worst we had all night. We struggled with entries, attacking the net, and we dug ourselves a hole we had to climb out of” added Coach Albers. The Yellow Jackets came back from seven points down to take the match 30-28. Sophomore Mandy Brumfield had a run of serving with the score being tied at 27-27 by serving two aces to increase the lead to 29-27. Eventually the Yellow Jackets would take game three 30-28.
Senior Mindi Mayer had a great game offensively and defensively earning DAC Player of the Week honors for her efforts. Kristen Engle led the Yellow Jackets with 14 kills and Mindi Mayer added 12 kills. Mandy Brumfield had 41 assists.
The Yellow Jackets will leave this Thursday for their last conference road trip as they travel to Valley City State University and Mayville State University. Both games are extremely important as the standings play out.