MITCHELL, S.D. – The Dakota Wesleyan University volleyball team took a 2-1 lead on Morningside College after three sets Wednesday night, but the Mustangs came back to force a set four and then won the decisive fifth set to pick up a 3-2 win in the Christen Family Recreation/Wellness Center.
The Mustangs easily won the first game 25-12, but the Tigers came out with new life in sets two and three and won both 25-22. Morningside got ahead early in the fourth set, but Dakota Wesleyan (5-21, 1-8) was able to tie the set late, including at 22-22. The Mustangs, however, won 25-22, and then came out and won the fifth set 15-9.
Dani Bird had 14 kills to lead the Tigers, who had 46 total kills. Rachel Tinklenberg added 10 kills and Elizabeth Mahsem finished with eight. Bri Jung had 35 assists and 12 digs, and Katie Lindow paced the DWU defense with 20 digs. Bird added 16 and Stacie Brinker finished with 13 digs. Bird, Mahsem and Sammy Fluck each had four block assists.
Anastasia Ott led all hitters with 18 kills for the Mustangs (13-11, 4-7). Maggie Vondrak added 16 and Gabi French finished with 13 kills. Melissa Mounts had 44 assists and 11 digs. Ashley McConnell had 16 digs, Vondrak added 14, Grace Chvatal chipped in with 13 and Ashley Buell finished with 11 digs. Briana Schaeuble had five block assists.
Dakota Wesleyan is on the road Friday, Oct. 19, when it travels to Lincoln, Neb., to take on Nebraska Wesleyan University.
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