Black Hills State University, South Dakota School of Mines and Chadron State all came away with splits on Saturday at the New Victorian Inn & Suites/Runza Volleyball Classic at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

The Yellow Jackets, 2-2 in the season-opening tournament, fell to No. 3 Nebraska-Kearney 25-17, 25-18 and 25-18, before holding off Newman University in five sets, 27-29, 25-20, 21-25, 27-25 and 15-11.

Against UNK, Amy O’Neill led the way with 12 kills and eight digs, while Caitlin Templeton finished with eight kills. Kelsey Olson finished with 14 digs.

In a wild five-setter against Newman, O’Neill finished with 22 kills, followed Templeton with 19 kills and seven digs. Meghan Sipe had a big match with 14 kills and Holly Hamlin added 10 kills.

The Hardrockers, 1-4, broke into the win column with a tough four-set win over Chadron State, 26-28, 25-18, 25-16 and 25-11, before falling to Nebraska-Kearney 25-15, 25-15 and 25-18.

No stats were available in the Chadron State match, but Samantha Johnson finished with 11 kills for Mines in the UNK match.

Chadron State, 2-2, also defeated William Jewell on Saturday, 25-19, 22-25, 25-21, 26-24. Against William Jewell, Barbie DeCent and Erika Roybal each had double doubles in kills and digs to lead the way for CSC. DeCent had 11 kills and 14 digs, while Roybal added 12 kills and 10 digs.

Hanna Flaming paced the offense with a match-high 13 kills.

Black Hills plays next weekend at the Minnesota State Mankato Tournament, while Mines hosts Dickinson State Tuesday at 7 p.m. Chadron State competes next weekend at the Colorado State-Pueblo Tournament.

JWU upsets Mines in soccer opener

The South Dakota School of Mines men’s soccer team opened the 2013 season with a loss to the Johnson and Wales Wildcats, 3-0, on Friday night at Nodermeer Field in Rapid City.

The Wildcats, a first-year program, surprised the Hardrockers in the second half where the visitors scored all three of their goals.

The Wildcats tallied 23 shots in the game and 13 on goal while Mines only had six shots on the game and just two on goal. One of the goals, from freshman Lucas Sinkola was just barely off its mark hitting the left post and ricocheting out of bounce. Freshman Jordan Jones also had a shot on goal.

“I thought our guys battled their tails off until the end,” said Hardrocker soccer head coach Joe Burger. “We still have some guys that need to learn how to compete at this level and compete together as a group.”

The loss drops SD Mines to 0-1 on the season. Mines next travels to Denver to take on Adams State on Sept. 13 and Colorado Mesa University on Sept. 15.

Chadron sweeps Hardrocker XC Meet

The South Dakota School of Mines men’s and women’s cross country teams kicked off the 2013 season at home hosting the SD Mines / Chadron State Duals on Friday at Founders Park. Black Hills State was also scheduled to run, but backed out the day before the race.

Chadron State won the women’s division, topping the Lady Hardrockers 18-45 and the Chadron men beat the Hardrockers men’s squad 18-45.

The Eagles dominated the women’s race with Ashley Riesen clocking a time of 19 minutes and 20 seconds to win the 3.03-mile race.

Freshman Maggie Vinton was the first Mines runner to cross the finish line, coming in with a time of 21:14 for seventh place. Teammate Emily Stickney (sophomore) was a spot back in eighth place in a time of 21:30, junior Brittanee Wood was ninth with a 22:06, freshman Sharla Maginnis clocked a 22:15 for 10th place and Therese Frels was 11th in a time of 22:21.

In the men’s division, former Summit League champion and Rapid City native Michael Krsnak, running unattached, won Friday’s 5-mile race in a time of 27:02. Chadron’s Dylan Stansbury was a distant second in a time of 28:11 and teammate Evans Koech was third with a 28:15.

Mines freshman Justin Slattery took fourth place and was the first Hardrocker to finish, clocking a time of 28:16. Fellow freshman Sam Patzer took eighth in a time of 29:00, freshman Grant Cameron was ninth with a 29:23 and sophomore Eric Hahn was 30:02 for 13th.

The next competition is Sept. 14 when Mines travels to Chadron State for the CSC Invitational.

Compiled from staff and submitted reports.

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