Eagles To Conclude Volleyball Season In South Dakota This Weekend

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he Chadron State College volleyball team (5-18, 3-13 RMAC) is looking to end their season on a high note when they travel to South Dakota this weekend to take on long-time Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rivals South Dakota Mines (11-13, 5-11 RMAC) and Black Hills State (7-17, 4-12 RMAC).

The Eagles previously played these two teams back in late September. Against the Hardrockers, Chadron State was unable to get anything going on offense. They lost sets one, three, and four at scores of 25-10, 25-14, and 25-15 respectively. In a 25-19 set two victory, the Eagles unleashed 11 kills and only four errors. The team will be looking to get revenge after coming off a monster win against Westminster College (5-22, 3-14 RMAC) last weekend.

In their previous match against the Yellow Jackets, the Eagles lost the first two sets 25-22. Then they proceeded to take set three 25-20 and set four 28-26. In a nail biter of a set five, the score was tied at 15-15. CSC scored the next two points off an Aiyana Fujiyama kill and a Yellow Jacket attack error, sealing the win for the Eagles.

The South Dakota Mines Hardrockers are coming off a 3-0 road loss to CSU-Pueblo (18-6, 12-4 RMAC) and a 3-0 road win over UCCS (8-15, 5-11 RMAC). Against the Mountain Lions, they finished the night with 41 kills and 15 errors on 108 total attempts for a team hit percentage of .241.

The Hardrockers have a new offensive leader on their team from when they faced the Eagles. That player is middle hitter Jacey Koethe, who is the leader in points (267.5), points per set (3.18), kills (198), and kills per set (2.36). Koethe also has a team high of 21 solo blocks and 55 blocks for a total of 76 blocks, which ranks eighth best in the RMAC.

South Dakota Mines is coached by Head Coach Torvi Prochazka, who is assisted by Tony Sunga, McKenzi Weber, and Annika Stephens.

The Black Hills State Yellow Jackets coming off back-to-back 3-0 road losses to UCCS and CSU-Pueblo. Against both teams, they were held to hit percentages of .134 and less.

Madison Hoopman and Haedyn Rhoades, both children of CSC Athletic Hall of Famers, remain statistical leaders for the Yellow Jackets. Hoopman is responsible for team highs in points (312.5), points per set (3.36), kills (289), and kills per set (3.11). Her 3.36 points per set ranks eighth best in the league. Rhoades has started every set at libero for the Yellow Jackets. She has produced 396 digs (ranked second in the RMAC) at a rate of 4.26 digs per set (ranked fourth in the RMAC).

Black Hills State is coached by Head Coach Kristin Carmichael and is assisted by Bree Davis.

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