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Dickinson State fights past Waldorf in five sets

waldorf-warriors-outline_1By Waldorf Sports Information Director

FOREST CITY – Dickinson State University fought past the Waldorf University volleyball team during Friday’s North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) matchup.

The Blue Hawks (10-15, 6-5) hold onto fourth place in the NSAA standings after taking a 21-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-22, 15-13 victory over the Warriors (15-16, 4-5).

Isabelle Rothbauer led Waldorf with 12 kills as the 5-foot-10 junior outside hitter from Bloomer, Wis. put together a .235 hitting percentage. Senior Brianna Haugen and junior Kaitlyn Monck compiled 11 kills each. Junior April Jones finished with 10 kills, two solo blocks and a .296 attack percentage.

Valerie Rivera provided 32 assists, propelling to second among Waldorf’s all-time leaders with 1,240 assists. The 5-foot-7 senior setter from Victorville, Calif. trails 2013 graduate Becca Flavin by 445 assists.

Freshman Elisabeth Tramm dished out 21 assists.

Briley Sullivan tallied 40 digs, the third-most by a Warrior during a five-set match. The 5-foot-7 junior defensive setter from Laurens moved to fourth among Waldorf single-season record holders with 666 digs.

Junior Erica Fee collected 13 digs while Rivera notched 11 digs. Tramm and freshman Kelsey Sederquest recorded 10 digs apiece.

Sederquest produced five aces for the Warriors, tying the second-highest total in school history for a five-set match. Tramm delivered two aces while Jones and Fee each provided an ace.

Dickinson State’s Brenna Hansen powered to match-highs 16 kills and a .385 hitting percentage. Ellie Hanser smashed 13 kills and Tessa Sian racked up 10 kills. Danielle Boyette and Keera Stookey set up 28 scores and 20 scores, respectively.

Shaylee Singleton recorded 22 digs and Boyette tallied 15 digs. Sian and Boyette provided two solo blocks apiece while Singleton and Boyette each recorded an ace.

Waldorf and Dickinson State battled back and forth throughout the course of the match. During the second set, the Warriors responded to a 21-12 deficit by sparking a 9-1 run to cut the lead to one point. The Blue Hawks closed out the second set and captured the match in five sets.

Ellsworth Community College took a 21-25, 25-21, 15-5 victory over the Waldorf junior varsity team.

Waldorf concludes the week on Saturday, hosting the University of Jamestown (18-9, 8-2) in a 3 p.m. conference matchup. The Jimmies are ranked No. 20 in the latest National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) poll.