Dakota State Volleyball

Two Trojans Earn Conference Awards

Congrats to Barbara Briceno and Peyton Groft on earning the NSAA Attacker of the Week and Defender of the Week, respectively.

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Trojans kick off five-match volleyball home

Posted 09/26/2019

MADISON, S.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) kicked off their five-match volleyball home stand Wednesday evening at DSU Fieldhouse, rolling to a 3-0 sweep over in-state rival Mount Marty (S.D.).  It was the fourth straight win in the series meeting for DSU over MMC, Trojans' ninth win in the last ten meetings with the Lancers.


Set scores were 25-22, 25-14 and 25-16.


DSU won their third consecutive match – and their first home win this season.  The Trojans raised their overall record to 8-6.  Mount Marty fell to 7-13 overall record.

Both teams will meet again for the second meeting in less than three weeks at Mount Marty on Oct. 15.

Dakota State stays home Friday evening as they host Valley City State (N.D.) in the North Star Athletic Association conference action.  First serve is set for 7 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse.  The Trojans host Dickinson State (N.D.) on Saturday at 11 a.m.


Dakota State (S.D.) 3, Mount Marty (S.D.) 0 – FINAL (25-22, 25-14, 25-16)


The Lancers opened the match with a 12-8 lead.  The Trojans rallied back to knot the first set at 15-15 before MMC went on a 6-2 scoring tear for 21-17.

Dakota State scored eight times in the next nine rallies (8-1 scoring tea) to close out the first set strong, winning 25-22 for a 1-0 match lead.  Kelsey Pearson and Barbara Briceno each smashed two kills during DSU's strong closing run.

DSU outhit MMC 15-13 in the first set.  The Trojans recorded a hitting percentage of .160 (7 errors in 50 attempts) compared to the Lancers .111 hitting efficiency (8 errors in 45 swings).

Dakota State roared to an 8-2 lead in the second set and never looked back to take a 2-0 match lead after winning 25-14.  The Trojans outhit the Lancers 12-8 in the second set.  DSU hit .200 (5 errors in 35 attempts), while MMC committed nine attack errors in 37 swings for a negative .027 hitting efficiency.

Trailing 6-5 in the third set, the Trojans sparked a 13-4 outburst for an 18-10 lead.  DSU's Samantha Zell smashed a kill to close the set for a 25-16 victory, earning a 3-0 sweep over the Lancers.

Dakota State hit an impressive .353 in the third set (15 kills with 3 errors in 34 swings).  Mount Marty was held to .000 hitting percentage (7 kills with 7 errors in 32 attempts).

Maddie Polzin and Pearson each smashed eight kills for the Trojans' offense attack.  Zell and Barbara Briceno each added seven ills. 

Nicole Sarringar contributed DSU's offense with 18 set assists.  Rachel Johnson added 17 set assists and collected eight digs.

Peyton Groft registered a match-high 19 digs for Dakota State.  Briceno added 14 digs.  Zell recorded five blocks (2 solo, 3 assist).  Riley Grandpre and Pearson each had three block assists.

Mikaela Ahrendt led the Lancers with seven kills.  Elizabeth Watchorn, Gabby Ruth and Bret Woelber each tallied five kills.  Amber Miller posted a double-double of 24 assists and 10 digs.  Ruth had 13 digs.  Watchorn recorded 11 digs.  Miller and Caitlin Dirks each had three block assists.

Dakota State outhit Mount Marty 42-28 in the match.  The Trojans hit .227 (15 errors in 119 swings) and held the Lancers to .035 hitting percentage.  MMC committed 24 attack errors in 114 attempts).

DSU was 90.4 percent from the serving line (1 ace, 7 errors) in 73 attempts).  MMC recorded a service percentage of 88.9 percent with two aces and six errors in 54 serves.

The Trojans had nine team blocks (2 solo, 14 assist) compared to the Lancers five blocks (1 solo, 8 assist). 

DSU's junior varsity match swept Mount Marty in two straight sets by the scores of 25-13 and 25-20, lifting their record to 4-2 on the season.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

Two DSU volleyball athletes named to

Posted 09/23/2019

MADISON, S.D. – Two Dakota State (S.D.) volleyball athletes were selected to the sixth edition of the North Star Athletic Association Players-of-the-Week, announced by the conference office Monday.  Barbara Briceno was chosen as the Attacker-of-the-Week, while her teammate Peyton Groft was selected as the Defender-of-the-Week.


Dakota State went 2-1 record for the week, including a 2-0 record on the North Star Athletic Association conference season opening weekend on the road.


Briceno, 5-foor-11 outside hitter, posted double-doubles in all three matches for the Trojans.  She tallied 15 kills and 13 digs, despite a 3-0 home defeat to rival Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) on Sept. 17.  She recorded a hitting efficiency of .235 in the match.


Briceno smashed 17 kills and only committed two attack errors in 37 swings as DSU opened the conference season with a 3-1 victory at Presentation (S.D.) on Sept. 20.  She recorded an impressive hitting percentage of .405.  She added another double-double with 15 digs.


She followed up with 15 kills with two attack errors in 30 attempts for a .433 hitting percentage in Dakota State's 3-0 dominant victory at Mayville State (N.D.) on Sept. 21.  She also collected 20 digs in the match.


For the week, Briceno piled up 47 kills (4.7 kills per set), 48 digs (4.8 digs per set) and three blocks (1 solo, 2 assist).  She registered an astounding .356 hitting efficiency for the week.


Briceno led the team with 148 kills this season for the Trojans.  She averages 3.2 kills per set.


Barbara is the daughter of Luis Briceno and Carmen Rabanal of Lima, Peru.  She is a senior network and security administration major at Dakota State University.


Groft, 5-foot-6 defensive specialist, tallied a total of 61 digs in all three matches last week for DSU.  She averaged 6.1 digs per set (10 total sets).


She tallied 19 digs and recorded a perfect reception rate versus Dakota Wesleyan on Sept. 17.  She added 16 digs in DSU's 3-1 victory at Presentation on Sept. 20.  She tied her career-high 26 digs in Trojans' 3-0 road victory at Mayville State on Sept. 21.


Groft recorded a reception rate of 97.1 percent after committing just one error in 35 receptions.  She also registered a service percentage of 95.8 with two errors in 48 serves.  She contributed 12 set assists for the week.


Groft led the team with 205 digs this season, averaging 4.4 digs per set. 


Peyton is the daughter of James and Nora Groft of Mellette, S.D.  She is a sophomore exercise science major at Dakota State University.


Dakota State (7-6 overall record, 2-0 NSAA conference record) kicks off their five-match home stand at DSU Fieldhouse on Wednesday evening.  The Trojans host in-state rival Mount Marty (S.D.) with a junior varsity match at 6 p.m., followed by the varsity match at 7:30 p.m.  The DSU volleyball team will hold their faculty/staff appreciation night, serving ice cream floats to the faculty and staff right after the varsity match.


DSU resumes to North Star Athletic Association conference action this weekend, hosting Valley City State (N.D.) Friday at 7 p.m. and Dickinson State (N.D.) Saturday at 11 a.m.


Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

Trojans end Comets' hot winning streak,

Posted 09/23/2019

MAYVILLE, N.D. – Mayville State (N.D.) was riding an impressive 10-match winning streak prior to Saturday's North Star Athletic Association conference match with Dakota State after a 3-2 upset victory over No. 14-ranked Bellevue (Neb.) Friday evening.  The Trojans ended the Comets' winning streak by rolling to a 3-0 sweep at Lewy Lee Fieldhouse.


Set scores were 25-20, 25-15 and 25-12.


Dakota State raised their overall record to 7-6 and remained undefeated in the North Star conference play with a 2-0 record.  Mayville State fell to 11-7 overall record and 1-1 NSAA conference record.  The Trojans won the last six meetings with the Comets.


DSU kicks off their five-match home stand on Wednesday evening.  The Trojans host in-state rival Mount Marty (S.D.) in a non-conference.  The junior varsity match gets underway at 6 p.m., followed by the varsity match at 7:30 p.m.  Both matches will be held at DSU Fieldhouse in Madison.


Dakota State (S.D.) 3, Mayville State (N.D.) 0 – FINAL (25-20, 25-15, 25-12)


The Trojans and Comets went through a see-saw battle in the first 21 rallies.  Leading 11-10, Dakota State reeled off seven consecutive points to widen their lead to 18-11.

MSU got no closer than three points at 21-18 in the first set.  DSU secured the opening set by the score of 25-20 after Maddie Polzin's kill.  DSU smashed 20 kills in the first set and hit .234 (9 errors in 47 swings).  Mayville State was held to .140 hitting percentage (11 kills with 5 errors in 43 attempts).

Dakota State raced to an 18-9 lead in the second set and never looked back for a 25-15 victory, extending their match lead to 2-0.  The Trojans racked up eight team blocks in the second set and recorded 13 kills.  The Comets were held to a negative .100 hitting efficiency with six kills and committed 10 attack errors in 40 swings.

DSU cruised to 19-7 lead in the third set and dominated MSU by the score of 25-12 to complete a three-set sweep.  Dakota State smashed 19 kills with an impressive hitting percentage of .378 (5 errors in 37 attempts).  Mayville State only recorded five kills with three errors in 33 swings (.061 hitting efficiency).

Barbara Briceno posted a double-double of 15 kills and collected 20 digs for the Trojans.  She hit .433 in the match.  Polzin added 15 kills and recorded a hitting percentage of .385.  She had three service aces.  Samantha Zell and Riley Grandpre each added seven kills.

Rachel Johnson produced a double-double of 26 set assists and 15 digs for DSU.  Nicole Sarringar added 19 set assists.

Peyton Groft had a match-high 26 digs (tied for career high digs – vs. Montana Western on Sept. 14) in the match for Dakota State.  Grandpre had five blocks (1 solo, 4 assist).

Victoria Johnson led the Comets with seven kills.  She also had four block assists.  Hannah Bliss recorded five kills.  Elora Passa had 16 set assists.  Jayden Warner tallied 20 digs.  Kiana Johnson registered five blocks (1 solo, 4 assist). 

Dakota State hit .244 as a team with 52 kills and 22 errors in 123 swings.  Mayville State was held to .034 hitting percentage (22 kills with 18 errors in 116 attempts).

The Trojans had ten blocks in the match compared to the Comets nine blocks.  DSU had five service aces, while MSU recorded no service aces.  Dakota State collected 76 digs to Mayville State 49 digs.

Dakota State won the junior varsity match in three sets over Mayville State. 

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

Trojans open North Star conference volleyball

Posted 09/23/2019

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Dakota State pound out 60 kills Friday evening, rolling to a 3-1 North Star Athletic Association conference volleyball season opener victory over Presentation (S.D.) at Strode Center.  Despite falling short in the opening set 25-21, the Trojans went on to win the next three sets by the scores of 25-13, 25-23 and 25-16.


Dakota State improved their overall record to 6-6 and 1-0 North Star conference record.  It was the first time since the 2015 season that DSU opened the NSAA conference with a win.  The Trojans also won their fifth straight meeting with the Saints, their 16th win in the last 18 meetings.  Presentation suffered its first home setback this season, falling to 6-7 overall record and 0-1 NSAA conference record.


DSU plays another North Star conference contest Saturday afternoon, traveling to Lewy Lee Fieldhouse to take on Mayville State (N.D.).  The junior varsity action kicks off at 12 noon, followed by the varsity action at 2 p.m.


Dakota State (S.D.) 3, Presentation College (S.D.) 1 – FINAL (21-25, 25-13, 25-23, 25-16)


DSU opened up the first set with an 8-6 lead before PC went on a 10-2 outburst to gain a 16-10 lead.  The Trojans rallied back with a 6-1 run to cut the Saints' lead down to 17-16.  Presentation then went on a 4-0 run to widen their lead to 21-16.

The Saints earned a 1-0 match lead after winning the first set at 25-21.  Both teams had 15 kills in the opening set, despite DSU recording a hitting percentage of .300 compared to PC .263 hitting efficiency.

Dakota State dominated the second set, thanks to their 8-2 opening run.  The Trojans recorded its biggest lead of the set at 24-10.  Barbara Briceno closed the second set with a kill, giving DSU a 25-13 victory and knotting the match at 1-1. 

DSU hit .256 in the second set (14 kills with 4 errors in 39 attempts) and held PC to minus .053 hitting percentage (6 kills with 8 errors in 38 swings).

Dakota State and Presentation went through a see-saw battle in the third set, with no lead bigger than four points by the Saints.  Knotted at 23-23, Maddie Polzin smashed a kill to set up for a set point for the Trojans.  Samantha Zell followed up with a kill to secure the third set at 25-23, giving DSU a 2-1 match lead.

Holding on to an 8-6 lead in the fourth set, Dakota State went on to score five straight points to open up a 13-6 lead.  The Saints could get no closer than four points (14-10 DSU lead) as the Trojans used a 11-6 closing run for the victory (25-16 victory).

The Trojans outhit the Saints 19-10 in the fourth set.  DSU hit an amazing .438 hitting percentage (5 errors in 32 swings) compared to PC .222 hitting efficiency (4 errors in 27 attempts).

Briceno powered Dakota State's offense with 17 kills and hit an impressive .405 in the match.  She posted a double-double with 15 digs.  Zell added 11 kills and recorded a match-high .455 hitting percentage.  Polzin also had 11 kills.  Riley Grandpre and Kelsey Pearson each added nine kills.

Rachel Johnson produced a double-double of 24 set assists and 11 digs for The Trojans.  Nicole Sarringar also contributed 22 set assists and five digs.

Peyton Groft tallied 16 digs to lead the Trojans' defense.  Tayler Corey added nine digs.  Zell collected five block assists.  Polzin, Grandpre, Pearson and Payton Johanneson each had two block assists.

Lexi Begger and Annie Jorgenson each smashed 11 kills for Presentation.  Evy Peterson added seven kills.  Brooke Swanson had a double-double of 17 assists and 12 digs.  Allisen Nielsen tallied 18 assists.

Dakota State hit .263 in the match (60 kills with 19 errors in 156 swings).  Presentation was held to .118 hitting percentage (42 kills with 25 errors in 144 attempts).

The Saints won the junior varsity match in three sets over the Trojans.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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