The Black Hills State University volleyball team swept Southern Arkansas University, 3-0, and fell, 3-1, to St. Edwards University in the second match on Saturday afternoon at the Hilltopper Classic.

BHSU downed Southern Arkansas University 25-22, 25-18, and 25-18.

Ellise Lech and Cheyanne Palu led the offense with nine kills and a .389 hitting percentage each. Laurel Lech tallied 31 assists to help on the offense as well.

On defense, Sydney Ederhoff recorded 12 digs, while Reilley Baty and Valerie Blake registered 11 and 10, respectively. Palu helped on defense tallying four blocks and the team had six total.

The Yellow Jackets fell to St. Edwards 25-12, 22-25, 25-18 and 25-20.

Tara Hall led the offense registering her first career double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs. Alongside Hall, Laurel Lech contributed to the offense recording 29 assists.

On defense, Ederhoff tallied 20 digs, while L. Lech notched 17 and Hall with 10. Fehrin Ward led the blockers with six blocks and the team registered 12 total blocks.

Black Hills State heads, 3-5, to Colorado to open Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference action at Fort Lewis and Adams State next weekend.

Chadron State volleyball splits on Saturday

The Chadron State College volleyball finished its pre-conference slate with another win on Saturday, defeating Maryville University in three straight sets (25-14,25-20,25-13) before losing to Ouachita Baptist in three (25-23,26-24,25-19).

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In both matches, the Eagles had some of their better offensive hitting percentages, swatting .284 for their best outing in the win, and still managing .202, their third-best mark, in the loss.

Dominika Senkerikova led the team in both matches with 11 and 12 kills, respectively. Aijahnae Springs tied her in the Maryville match with 11, and hit a startling .556 mark with only one error.

The team's two captain setters, Mickey Trimble and Madison Webb, each totaled 31 assists for the day. Together they averaged more than 10 per set.

Junior Megan Chintala had her first double-digit match in terms of digs, finishing with 11 in the win. Emily Bruce led the team with eight in the latter contest.

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