VERMILLION, SD – South Dakota finished a perfect 3-0 roster in the South Dakota Classic with a thrilling five-set win over Milwaukee in front of nearly 1,000 fans Friday night inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.
The Coyotes showed great resilience coming out of a 2-1 deficit to win the fourth and fifth sets in a battle between Coach Leanne Williamsonthe current team and its alma mater.
South Dakota went to great lengths to finish the game, hitting 0.517 with 17 kills to win the first set 25-21 and coming back to 0.588 in a formidable fifth set to close it 15-12.
In between, Milwaukee won sets two and three 25-21, and 25-15 before South Dakota won the fourth set 25-16. The Panthers hit 0.538 in the formidable fifth set which saw a total of 19 kills and just two attacking errors.
“I think this game really tested us and tested our ability to want to make changes but stay together when things weren’t going well,” said Williamson. “I think it would have been very easy after losing sets two, three and three which was not a good game at all for us to go back and maybe let go.
“I really like to see how determined our team is and we really changed our mindset going into the fourth set and I just felt like there was a lot in the mindset that we had to do. games. We have to make things happen instead of waiting for things to happen and it really showed. “
The Coyotes established a better Division I with 19 total team blocks during the contest, including a strong fourth set of eight blocks.
“We had eight blocks in the fourth set, which is huge,” said Williamson. “Our right sides made a few changes just in terms of timing on their exteriors and once they did we got better touches.
Maddie Wiedenfeld got six of his 10 assists in the fourth set game, which Aimee Adams had three.
Madison hurts recorded a career-high 15 assists with four solo blocks and three assists in the game while producing a 0.440 save percentage. Over the course of the three games, the junior, who missed the opening weekend, managed 33 kills, reached 0.464 and produced six solo blocks and 11 assisted blocks for 17 blocks in total, or 1.55 blocks per set.
Elizabeth juhnke contributed 13 assists and eight digs and four assists to the victory which also saw a big effort of 12 assists from Sami slaughter.
Slaughter had five kills and Harms three in the deciding fifth set as South Dakota tied their season record at 3-3.
“I think last year in a lot of situations she (Harms) was more of that defensive presence and she continues to be, but now she likes her groove a little more offensively and gave us a spark,” he said. said Williamson. “It allowed our exteriors to have more one-on-one situations because now you also have to pay attention to our surroundings.
“So I think Jurgens did a good job involving people to find the right people at the right time.”
Adams finished with eight assists, Wiedenfeld added four while Jurgens provided 40 assists with 11 digs and two aces on serve. Lolo weideman had 13 digs, Juhnke eight and Brooklyn bollweg Seven.
South Dakota will travel to Wichita, Kansas next weekend to compete in the Shocker Classic against host Wichita State with 19e-classified Creighton and Wyoming.