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Lady Spartans Go 1-3 at NDSCS Tournament

By Craig Olson, 09/17/23, 6:30PM CDT


The M State lady Spartans participated in the NDSCS Volleyball Tournament on Friday and Saturday in Wahpeton, North Dakota.  M State won their first match, 3-0 (27-25, 25-13, 25-14) over Iowa Lakes Community College and lost to Iowa Central Community College 3-0 (25-16, 25-12, 25-15) in their second match on Friday.  On Saturday, the lady Spartans lost 3-1 to Dakota State JV (25-23, 20-25, 25-23, 25-21) and 3-0 (25-16, 25-14, 25-9) to Des Moines Area Community College.

The Spartans showed a balanced attack at the net in the win over Iowa Lakes with Kendra Emery leading the way with 9 kills.  Faith Marion and Kaleigh Sip had 8 kills each, Kaleigh Peterson had 6 kills, Cassie Dahl finished with 5 kills and Ariana Noplos also had 5 kills.  Dahl distributed 33 set assists.  Noplos and Sip each delivered a solo block, while Noplos and Emery contributed block assists.  Top servers were Dahl (14/14), Avery Knutson (10/10), Marion (14/15, 3 aces) and Foss (16/17, 3 aces).

Defensive leaders were Maddie Ballweg and Madi Foss with 14 and 10 digs, respectively.  Dahl added 8 digs and Emery had 6.  On the serving line, Foss and Marion had 3 aces, while Peterson also had an ace. 

In the loss to Iowa Central CC, Dahl and Marion led with 4 kills and Emery added 3.  Dahl had 8 assists.  Marion delivered 3 ace serves.  Dig leaders were Dahl (8), Ballweg (7), Marion (6) and Foss (5).  Noplos had 2 solo blocks, while Emery, Peterson and Marion each had one.  Serving leaders were Marion (12/12, 3 aces), Foss (8/8, 1 ace) and Knutson (6/8).

Against the Dakota State JV team, Marion and Emery provided double digit kills with 17 and 12, respectively.  Peterson added 9 kills and Dahl had 6 kills to go along with 34 set assists.  Noplos had a team high 3 solo blocks, while Foss and Emery each had one.  Defensively, Marion had 21 digs, Emery 19 and Foss 17.  Serving leaders were Marion (20/21, 5 aces), Foss (17/18, 1 ace), Peterson (16/18, 1 ace) and Ballweg (12/13).

In the match with Des Moines Area CC the Spartans were led by Sip (8 kills), Peterson (6 kills, 6/6 serving, 1 ace), Dahl (16 set assists, 3 kills, 7 digs), Sydney Schaefer (10/10 serving, 1 ace), Ballweg (8/9 serving, 14 digs), Foss (6/7 serving, 1 ace, 7 digs) and Emery (3 kills, 5 digs).

M State will host Western Technical College on Friday night and Century College on Saturday at noon.