Mines sweeps DSU, Blue Hawks off to 0-11 start

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- The start of the season for the Dickinson State volleyball team isn't going as planned. After Tuesday's match against South Dakota School of Mines -- the Hardrockers won 25-17, 25-11, 25-16 -- the Blue Hawks are off to an 0-11...

RAPID CITY, S.D. - The start of the season for the Dickinson State volleyball team isn’t going as planned.
After Tuesday’s match against South Dakota School of Mines - the Hardrockers won 25-17, 25-11, 25-16 - the Blue Hawks are off to an 0-11 start.
The glaring issue for the team hasn’t been lack of talent, confidence or drive - it’s been unforced errors. In Tuesday’s game alone, the Blue Hawks gave up 26 points on errors, 21 of which were hitting errors.
The free points for the other teams digs DSU into too deep of a hole that it can’t get out by the end of the game.
“That’s been our M.O. all season, the unforced errors part,” DSU head coach Jon Stenman said. “We can’t just continue to give points away and expect the other team to return the favor.”
For the Hardrockers, Samantha Johnson and Emily Newton finished with double-digit kills with 12 and 11, respectively. Kylee Gorngpratum had a game-high 15 digs and added three assists and two aces.
On the other side of the net, DSU’s Maddi Johnston, Miranda Kadrmas and Tessa Sian tied for a team-high five kills each while libero Tasha Malana racked up 12 digs.
A long break is just what Stenman and his team needs and comes at the most opportune time. The Blue Hawks have nine days off until they return to the court and start conference play. The team hosts Mayville State at 7 p.m. on Sept. 19.
“We compete better in practice than we do in games sometimes and it’s frustrating as a coach,” Stenman said. “The coaching staff, we can see their potential and I think even sometimes (the team) can see their potential. We just can’t put it all together.”

DSU 17 11 16 - 0
Mines 25 25 25 - 3
Kills: DSU, Maddi Johnston, Miranda Kadrmas, Tessa Sian 5, Brenna Hansen, Shelby Gustafson 3, Kate Golding 2. Mines, Samantha Johnson 12, Emily Newton 11, Kirsten Johnson 6, Jenna Kreuzer 5, Mikkella Reese 4, Kayla Henrichs 2.
Blocks: DSU, none. Mines, S. Johnson 1.
Aces: DSU, Shaylee Singleton 1. Mines, Reese, Kylee Gorngpratum 2.
Digs: DSU, Tasha Malana 12, Lutz, Hansen 5,Sian 3. Mines, Gorngpratum 15, Reese, Skylar Larson, Carsyn Garcia 5, Kreuzer 4, Karli Sanders, K. Johnson 3.
Assists: DSU, Lutz, Ashleigh Aufforth 8. Mines, Garcia 36.
Records: DSU, 0-11. Mines, 2-3.
DSU wrestling announces schedule
With fall sports underway, the DSU wrestling team is anxious to get its season started this winter.
Head coach Thadd O’Donnell announced the Blue Hawks 2014-15 schedule on Monday with his team opening the season in January.
DSU starts with the Midland Open (Midland, Neb.) on Jan. 3 and competes in seven other tournaments and duals for the month.
The Blue Hawks have three straight home matches, starting with a dual against the University of Regina at 7 p.m. on Jan. 23, followed by the Tyler Plummer Classic and then a dual against Concordia College on Jan. 28. DSU’s final home dual is against Northern State on Feb. 4.
DSU softball receives new scoreboard
The Dickinson State softball team moved to a new home last season - the North softball complex.
This year, the Blue Hawks were bestowed with a housewarming gift of a new scoreboard from Ben Frank, a longtime Dickinson State donor. The scoreboard is the finishing touch for the softball team to call the North complex its own.
“Ben’s donation of the scoreboard to our program and the facility that we play on gives our program an identity at the North Softball Complex,” DSU softball head coach Kristen Fleury said in a press release. “We are gracious to the Dickinson Parks and Rec for allowing us to play on the city fields, but being able to have something that is ours and says Dickinson State University makes it feel like home.”
The All American scoreboard is equipped with all the features of a normal scoreboard - home and away scores, inning, pitch count and more - and is protected behind a shatterproof face.
As the 2014 season progressed, the North complex went through a makeover, including the refurbishing of dugouts.
Last season, DSU finished 35-12 overall and 20-1 against conference opponents. The Blue Hawks won its conference, the Frontier/North Star, and was guaranteed a spot in the NAIA World Series Opening round.


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