CVB: USD Sweeps Western Illinois

MACOMB, Illinois – Hayley Dotseth and Taylor Wilson powered South Dakota past Western Illinois during Friday’s Summit League volleyball match in Western Hall, 25-18, 25-20, 25-18.

Dotseth had 15 kills while Wilson turned in a 12-kill, one error performance that resulted in a .647 hitting percentage as the Coyotes won for the fourth straight outing, all by sweeps.

The match saw 18 ties and six lead changes while South Dakota, now 15-8 overall and 9-2 in the Summit, took charge with strong runs midway through each set.

“Western challenged us tonight, but I thought we responded well,” Coach Leanne Williamson said. “Our offense was pretty solid tonight as a whole.

“We made some uncharacteristic defensive errors tonight which we will need to clean up going into our next match, but our fight allowed us to overcome those.”

The first set was tied at 10-10 before the Coyotes used a 6-1 run to take control and then finished the set on a 7-2 run.

In set two, the score was tied at 8-8 before a 3-0 spurt from South Dakota, who nursed several four-point leads in the set before finishing with a five-point set victory.

Wilson, a senior, had five of her kills in the third set including a four in five-point stretch in the middle of the set when the Coyotes took charge.

Madison Jurgens provided 32 assists and five service aces while defensively Anne Rasmussen and Lolo Weideman had eight digs apiece.

South Dakota continues its three match in five day road swing with Sunday’s match at Purdue Fort Wayne before concluding it with Tuesday’s match at Denver.

“This is a tough trip, so every win is big for us,” said Williamson. “We are working on taking it one day at a time, which will be important for our success.”