MITCHELL, S.D. – The Dakota Wesleyan University volleyball team started its home season with a 2-2 showing at the Corn Palace Classic Friday and Saturday. The Tigers won a pair of games Friday afternoon at the Corn Palace before dropping their final two games of the weekend Saturday afternoon.
DWU (3-5) ended the weekend with a 3-1 loss to in-state rival Dakota State University. The Trojans won the first two sets 25-11 and 26-24, but Dakota Wesleyan came back to win the third set 25-11 before losing 25-8 in the fourth and final set. Mallory Jark finished with 13 kills to lead the Tigers. Bri Jung had 17 assists and Taylor Spence led the defense with 14 digs. Maggie Stehly added 13 digs.
Saturday afternoon, Dakota Wesleyan lost 3-1 to the College of St. Mary’s in four close sets. The Flames won the first set 25-20, but the Tigers came back to win the second, 25-23, before losing 25-22 and 25-23. Sarah Kruse led the team with 13 kills, Jark added 11 and Marissa Soderberg finished with 10. Jung had 26 assists and Rebecca Garcia chipped in with 21, and Stehly led the team’s defense with 18 digs. Katie Lindow added 12 digs.
The Tigers started the tournament with a pair of wins Friday afternoon. DWU started the day with a 3-0 sweep of York College. The Tigers won 25-21, 25-17 and 25-12. Jark paced the Tiger offense with 14 kills and Spence finished with nine. Jung had 26 assists and Garcia added 14. Stehly led the defense with 16 digs and Lindow finished with 11.
Later Friday night, DWU held off Valley City State University for a 3-1 win. The Tigers won the first game 25-19, lost the second 25-22 and came back for 25-16 and 25-20 wins to earn their second win of the day. Spence finished with a team-high 13 kills. Jark added 12 and Kruse finished with 10 kills. Jung had 24 assists and Garcia chipped in with 20. Stehly led the defense with 23 digs, Mackenzie Stevens added 16 and Lindow finished with 11.
The Tigers are back in action Tuesday, Sept. 3, when they travel to Aberdeen, S.D., to take on Presentation College in a nonconference match.