Dakota State University maintains membership in the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA). The athletic program is affiliated nationally with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Qualifying teams and individuals compete in post-season events sponsored by each of these organizations.
MADISON, S.D. – The Dakota State University Trojan women's volleyball has released its 2019 schedule. It consists of a 29-match schedule, with two preseason tournaments and 11 home matches at DSU Fieldhouse. The 2019 schedule also includes 14 North Star Athletic Association conference matches (7 matches at home and 7 matches on the road).
The Trojans finished their 2018 season with an impressive 19-13 overall record and a third-place in the NSAA conference standings with an 8-6 record, which included a historic upset to No. 7-ranked Viterbo (Wis.) on DSU Fieldhouse's home court.
Eleventh-year head coach Amy Veenhof, who was named to 2018 NSAA Volleyball Coach-of-the-Year after guiding the Trojans to their first-ever NSAA volleyball postseason tournament's championship match, and her squad will open their 2019 campaign at home with junior varsity and varsity matches versus the College of Saint Mary (Neb.) on Tuesday, Aug. 27.
Veenhof currently holds the all-time wins as a DSU volleyball head coach in program history with 141 victories, surpassing former Trojan volleyball head coach Cynthia Henning with 117 victories.
DSU volleyball junior varsity schedule features a total of 17 matches in 2019, including a tournament at Iowa Lakes Community College on Oct. 18-19.
Dakota State's varsity team will play four matches in the Arizona Christian tournament in Phoenix, Ariz. during Labor Day weekend on Aug. 30-31. Opponents will be announced on a later date.
DSU returns home for a non-conference contest at Morningside (Iowa) on Sept. 6 before heading into their final preseason tournament with four matches at Kansas Wesleyan on Sept. 13-14. The Trojans will face Columbia (Mo.), who finished the NAIA Volleyball National Tournament runner-up last season, as well as Friends (Mo.), host-team Kansas Wesleyan and Montana Western.
Dakota State hosts long-time rival Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) on Sept. 17. Both teams are scheduled to play their second meeting on Oct. 29 in Mitchell.
The Trojans open up their 14-match schedule on the road, visiting Presentation (S.D.) and Mayville State on the weekend on Sept. 20-21.
DSU kicks off their five-match home stand on Sept. 25 versus in-state rival Mount Marty (S.D.) followed by four-match NSAA conference home stand stretch versus Valley City State (N.D.) and Dickinson State (N.D.) on Sept. 27-28 and Waldorf (Iowa) and Viterbo (Wis.) on Oct. 4-5.
The Trojans conclude their first-half of the NSAA conference schedule at Bellevue (Neb.) on Oct. 9. DSU stays on the road at Mount Marty on Oct. 15, Valley City State on Oct. 18 and Dickinson State (N.D.) on Oct. 19.
Dakota State is slated to be home on Oct. 22 versus Briar Cliff (Iowa), followed by NSAA contests versus Presentation on Oct. 25 and Mayville State on Oct. 26.
DSU plays their final road matches at Waldorf and Viterbo on Nov. 1-2. The regular-season concludes on Nov. 8 versus Bellevue.
The top six teams in the league standings will play in the NSAA Volleyball 'Super 6' postseason tournament in Watertown, S.D. on Nov. 15-16. The tournament is set to take place at the Watertown Civic Arena. The NSAA volleyball postseason tournament winner receive the conference's automatic bid to the 40th annual NAIA Volleyball National Tournament, with the opening round on Nov. 23 at campus sites.
The NAIA Volleyball National Tournament's final site is scheduled to take play at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa on Dec. 3-7.
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