Hitting woes plague DWU in loss to No. 12 Northwestern
Dakota Wesleyan University hosted No. 12 Northwestern in Great Plains Athletic Conference volleyball action on Wednesday at Christen Family Athletic Center in hopes of snapping a losing skid that has brought loss in 11 of its last 14 matches.
The Tigers were able to steal a set off the Red Raiders, but ultimately fell in four sets, 25-11, 20-25, 25-17 and 25-16.
After Northwestern thoroughly dominated the first set, DWU bounced back take the second set thanks to a flurry to create some distance. Leading 19-17, the Tigers rattled off four consecutive points to take a 23-17 lead after a pair of Northwestern errors and kills by Rebecca Frick and Emily Brunsing. DWU was able to maintain its lead until Bridgett Knobbe set up Frick for the set-clinching kill and one of 10 assists in the set.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, Northwestern was able to regain its composure and breeze in back-to-back sets to win the match. DWU only had three errors in the second set, but 22 in the other three, resulting in a .084 hitting percentage for the match, compared to Northwestern's .261.
Freeman native Chelsey Heeg had a strong performance in defeat, posting a team-high 11 kills to go along with seven digs. Frick had eight kills and 12 digs, while Knobbe handed out 32 assists and came up with seven digs. Brunsing and Brittany Bergquist added seven kills apiece for the Tigers.
Lacey Wacker had 49 assists and seven digs, while Lauryn Hilger had match-highs in kills (16) and digs (22) for Northwestern (18-5, 9-2 GPAC).
Dakota Wesleyan (12-11, 2-9 GPAC) hosts the College of Saint Mary on Friday at Christen Family Athletic Center.