DWU volleyball starts season at Mount Mercy tourney

Taylor Spence

Mallory Jark

Maggie Stehly

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The Dakota Wesleyan University volleyball team kicked off the 2013 season at the Mount Mercy University Tournament in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, over the weekend. The Tigers went 1-3 at the tournament, which featured several traditionally strong programs.

DWU started the weekend with a 3-0 loss to St. Ambrose University Friday afternoon. Game scores were 25-22, 25-23 and 25-14. Freshman Taylor Spence kicked her Tiger career off with a team-high eight kills and nine digs. Mallory Jark – who used a medical redshirt last season – also got her playing career off to a good start with six kills. Rachel Tinklenberg added six kills, Bri Jung had 21 assists and Maggie Stehly and Mackenzie Stevens each had 10 digs.

Later Friday afternoon, the Tigers picked up their first win of the year when they beat William Penn University 3-1. Game scores were 25-20, 22-25, 25-16 and 25-18. Tinklenberg had a team-high 14 kills, Sarah Kruse added 13 and Spence finished with 12 kills and a team-high 20 digs. Jung had 46 assists, Stehly finished with 19 digs and Katie Lindow added 15 digs. Spence and Tinklenberg each had three block assists.

Dakota Wesleyan dropped a pair of games Saturday. The first Saturday morning was a 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-17) loss to Ashford University. Tinklenberg had nine kills and Spence finished with eight kills and 14 digs. Jung had 21 assists and 13 digs, Stehly finished with 23 digs and Lindow added 10 digs.

The Tigers wrapped up the weekend with a 3-1 loss to Graceland University. DWU won the first game 27-25, but Graceland won the next three 25-15, 25-17 and 25-17. Jark had 10 kills and four block assists and Tinklenberg had seven kills. Jung had 21 assists, Stehly had 17 digs and Stevens chipped in with 12 digs.

The Tigers are back in action and play their first home games of the year Friday and Saturday Aug. 30 and 31 when they host the Corn Palace Classic. DWU kicks off the tournament at 10 a.m. Friday against York College. Twelve college volleyball games will be played at the two-day tournament.