The Yellow Jackets entered the game last Friday night against #6 Dickinson State, who was undefeated in the Dakota Athletic Conference, knowing how important the game was. If they could pull off an upset then that could move them up in regional rankings. Also, going into the weekend the Lady Yellow Jackets knew they were in sole possession of that second place spot in the league.

The game against Dickinson State University was just like everybody imagined it would be. It was back and forth with Dickinson winning two games and the Black Hills State winning two games. In game five, the Yellow Jackets jumped out to a big lead of 13-6. Dickinson State would not go away behind a 6’5” jump server Judith Boel. “We were doing the things we needed to we just didn’t execute them” said Coach Albers. She would eventually tally six points straight to bring the Blue Hawks within one point. Dickinson would keep the momentum as they won the game 18-16 and the match 3-2. The Yellow Jackets were led by sophomore Kristin Engle with 21 kills and freshman Maggie O’Neill with 20 kills. Senior Carly Benz added 10 kills. Sophomore setter Mandy Brumfield had 57 assists earning her DAC Setter of the Week honors.

The following day was the senior’s last home game against Minot State University. The Yellow Jackets jumped on them early and never looked back taking the match 3-0. “All though we were able to win each game I felt we didn’t play very well in the first two games because we were thinking of the night before. The third and final game we were back on track and finished the game strong” added Coach Albers. They Yellow Jackets were led in kills by Kristin Engle with 10 kills. Mandy Brumfield led the team in assists with 38.

Black Hills State finished their volleyball season 22-4 and received a bye in the first round of the DAC Conference Tournament. This weekend they will travel to Dickinson State who will host the DAC Tournament Final Four. The Yellow Jackets will play Friday night at 5:00pm against the South Dakota School of Mines/Mayville State University winner tonight.

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