Volleyball takes two in sweep

Michelle Stadel

Michelle Stadel

The Jacks dominated a three-game sweep over Bethel University on Saturday, Oct. 23. Carley Boll contributed 13 kills and Kim Bostrom added 10 to take the win.

The final scores for the night were 30-19, 30-16 and 30-10 bringing the Jacks’ season record to 12-11.

“Handling the ball on our side, no matter what Bethel was doing, was key,” said Coach Andrew Palileo. “We wanted to look sharp and we did.”

Sarah Simet led the team with 18 digs while Samatha Pearson finished with 11.

Simet became the ninth player in SDSU history to record 1,000 career digs.

“It was a very important milestone in my career and it’s great to have my coaches and my teammates along for the ride,” Simet said.

The Jacks defeated Dakota Wesleyan University in a three-game tournament with scores of 30-19, 30-17 and 30-14. Ten players added kills to help the team to victory. Boll led the team with eight kills and five blocks while Kristina Martin and Minette Ridenour each contributed seven kills.

Not only has the team experienced success on the court, but individual players have broken records. Sarah Biggerstaff broke the school record for block assists set at 301 by Roxie Roth from 1995-1998. Kim Bostrom also recorded enough block assists to move into second place behind Biggerstaff on the list of career block assist leaders.

“Breaking the record was a goal at the beginning of the season. It is really neat that Kim and I started together and now we will probably finish one and two in the standings,” Biggerstaff said.

Next week the Jacks face off again at home-on Wednesday, Oct. 27 they will take on Northern State University and face North Dakota State University on Saturday, Oct. 30. Both games start at 7 p.m.

“These are tougher teams next week and we need to get better and sharpen up. We have to come out and play at a higher level than we did against Bethel,” Palileo said.