VCSU Swept at A.I.I. Tourney
The Valley City State University volleyball team was eliminated on the first day of the Association of Independent Institutions' conference tournament Friday in Mayville.
The Vikings lost 3-0 to both Ashford (Iowa) University and Jamestown College.
Against Ashford, the Vikings had a hard time finding kills and fell 25-16, 25-15, 25-12.
The Vikings had only 21 combined kills in the match and had 29 attack errors. Ashford had 36 and seven in the same categories. Aurissa Martens led the Vikings with seven kills in the match. Emily Plowman led VCSU with 11 digs and Anna Neufeld had 11 assists.
The Vikings then lost 25-18, 25-18, 25-17 to Jamestown in their other pool play match. VCSU still struggled to connect on attacks, finishing with 30 attacking errors to Jamestown's seven.
Senior and Valley City native Jill Noeske led the Vikings with 10 kills and RAchel Hummel had eight. Stephanie Miller had 13 assists and Neufeld had 12. Martens led the Vikings defensively with 12 digs, a block solo and a block assist, and Plowman had 11 digs.
VCSU Men Beat Viterbo, Lose to NDSU
The No. 24 Valley City State University mens basketball team played two games in under 24 hours this weekend, losing an exhibition game at North Dakota State University Friday night before beating Viterbo (Wis.) University Saturday afternoon at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse.
In the win, the Vikes used two nine-point runs early in the second half to jump out to a lead.
It was momentum brought on by a first half buzzer beater by Gus Kueber that put the Vikings up 24-22 at the break.
VCSU shot 62.5 percent in the second half and went 14-18 from the free-throw line to seal their third victory of the season.
Senior Sekani Milligen led VCSU with 20 points, including a 4-8 effort from the 3-point line. Aaron Duske had 15 points and Kueber had 13.
The night before, they helped open the season against North Dakota State, an NCAA Division I school, at the Bison Sports Arena in Fargo.
NDSU hardly missed from the floor and won 93-47. The game was listed as an exhibition for VCSU and doesn't affect the standings.
The Bison shot 66.7 percent in the first half and never looked back. Every Bison but one scored. The Vikings, however, couldn't find their shot, shooting 32.7 percent in the game and went 1-10 from the 3-point line in the second half.
Milligen was the lone Viking in double figures with 16.
VCSU continues its season Saturday against Dickinson State University.
VCSU Women Lose Exhibition
In a game that had four lead changes and four ties in the last six minutes of regulation, Minnesota State University—Moorhead needed overtime to beat Valley City State University's womens team 67-64.
It was a game VCSU listed as an exhibition and doesn't count towards the team's record.
It a shot from Alyssa Hummel, who hit an eight-foot jumper from the baseline with 3.2 seconds left on the clock to knot the game at 57-57, that sent the game into overtime. The Dragons outscored Valley City State 10-7 in the extra stanza to secure their first victory of the season.
Valley City State used high pressure defense to open up an 11 point first half lead but they had no answer for a two-player Dragon surge in the second half. Moorhead used a powerful guard and post combination as Marisa Yernatich and Megan Stresse scored 20 points each for the Dragons. Yernatich hit four of seven from beyond the arc while Stresse did her damage in the post and at the foul line shooting 10-11 from the charity stripe.
For the game Valley City State forced 29 MSU-M turnovers, but the Vikings gave it up 22 times of their own.
Offensively the Vikings had a rounded scoring attack with four players posting double figures. Hummel led the way and kept the Vikings in the game at the end of regulation and in overtime on her way to a team high 15 points. Hummel was followed by Katelyn Ralston with 14 and Sierra Even and Kelsey Hunter chipped in with 10 points each.
The Vikings continue the season tonight when they host Minnesota — Crookston at 7 p.m. at W. E. Osmon Fieldhouse.
Damge Signs with VCSU Softball
Valley City State University softball coach Chad Slyter has announced the signing of Olivia Damge, a catcher/corner infielder from Poudre High School in Fort Collins, Colo.
Damge is a four-year letter winner at Poudre High School, a top-classification school in Colorado and has been the starting varsity catcher as a junior and senior. A career .350 hitter, Damge helped lead her team to a regional tournament berth in both 2011 and 2012 as well as a State tournament appearance in 2011.
Damge is a two-time All-Conference selection as well as being named a 2012 team Captain. As a member of the Colorado Cardinals club team, Damge was selected for the 2011 USSSA All-Star team and helped the Cardinals place second in both the ASA State Tournament and the Triple Crown State Tournament. The Cardinals were also a National Tournament Qualifier in 2012.
As successful as Damge is on the field she has been just as impressive in the classroom. While taking courses in the International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs, Damge has carried a grade point average of over 3.5 and was awarded the Colorado Women’s Sports Fund Association (CWSFA) scholarship. The CWSFA awards scholarships to help support women’s participation in sports across the state of Colorado. Damge has also been a two time Academic All-State Honorable Mention recipient.
“(VCSU assistant coach Elle) Fracker had the chance to work with Olivia in a recruiting showcase last summer in Colorado and it was clear that she was the kind of student athlete that we want in a Viking uniform,” Slyter said. “Olivia has an engaging personality, loves the game of softball and will work hard to become an even better player at the college level. I’m thankful for Coach Fracker for her recruiting efforts and excited to see Olivia in a Viking uniform in the fall of 2013.”