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So far this season, Valley City High School volleyball coach Katy Van Dyke has put the emphasis on defense.
After Tuesday's 25-23, 25-8, 25-18 home loss to Fargo Shanley to open Eastern Dakota Conference play, she's expecting to change that emphasis.
Though the Hi-Liners had plenty of success digging balls and keeping them alive, they struggled at times with getting spikes to land in-bounds.
"Defensively, like I told the girls, I think they're doing a really good job on their defense and we're going to start working a little bit on offense, so hopefully we can get the offense going," Van Dyke said.
Despite the loss, Van Dyke was pleased with the effort in a match that Van Dyke felt was the team's first major test this year.
In all but the second game, the Hi-Liners kept the score within reach. The final two games came down to large runs that the team couldn't rally back from.
MSU 3, VCSU 0
Valley City State University's volleyball team kept it close but couldn't finish in a 25-16, 25-20, 25-18 home loss to NCAA Division II opponent Minot State University Tuesday.
Jill Noeske and Aurissa Martens led the Vikings with eight kills each. Freshman Stephanie Miller had 10 assists and four of the team's six aces.
It is the Vikings' second straight loss. Valley City also lost 25-27, 25-21, 19-25, 25-15-19-17 to Dickinson State Friday night at home. Noeske led the Vikings with 21 kills in the loss and Anna Neufeld had a season-high 27 assists.
The Vikings play four matches this weekend against opponents at Dakota Wesleyan University.