SEWARD, Neb. – The Dakota Wesleyan University volleyball team took Concordia University to five sets Saturday afternoon, but lost 3-2 in a Great Plains Athletic Conference match in Seward, Neb.
After losing the first set 25-17, the Tigers won set two 25-20 and won a close third set 26-24 to go up 2-1 on the Bulldogs. Concordia, however, pulled out a 25-23 win in the fourth set and won the fifth and final set 15-9 to come away with the 3-2 victory.
Sophomore Dani Bird and freshman Sarah Kruse both had 12 kills to pace the Dakota Wesleyan offense. Freshmen Elizabeth Mahsem and Karlee Huber each added seven kills and Sammy Fluck chipped in with six. Bri Jung had 34 assists and Maggie Stehly led the DWU defense with 19 digs. Bird added 17 digs and Katie Lindow finished with 11.
Amanda Abbot led all hitters with 17 kills for the Bulldogs. Kayla James had 24 assists and Jami Nekoliczak added 21, and Carli Smith had a game-high 27 digs.
The Tigers are now 3-13 overall and 0-3 in the GPAC. Dakota Wesleyan is back in action Tuesday, Sept. 25, when it hosts Mount Marty College at 7:30 p.m. at the Corn Palace. After Tuesday, the Tigers are on the road for four games, including a two-game road trip in North Dakota.