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DWU volleyball suffers first loss to No. 25 Jamestown

Dakota Wesleyan junior Sydney Fritz is blocked at the net by Jamestown's Isabel Wedell (6) during a match on Tuesday at the Corn Palace. (Nick Sabato/Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan University entered Tuesday's volleyball match against Jamestown at the Corn Palace with an unblemished record on the season, but the No. 25-ranked Jimmies proved to be the toughest test to date.

Jamestown won two hard-fought sets to start the Great Plains Athletic Conference opener for both sides, putting DWU into an early hole. The Tigers would win the third set to stay alive, but the Jimmies pulled away in the fourth to win, 25-22, 26-24, 18-25 and 25-15.

After a back-and-forth first set, DWU once again took Jamestown down to the wire in the second, tying the score at 24-all before the Jimmies (7-1, 1-0 GPAC) recorded the final two points of the match. The Tigers could never overcome the 2-0 hole.

Winner native Sydney Fritz had a big night in the loss, notching a match-high 19 kills, while Rebecca Frick added 15 kills and 15 digs to continue her hot start to the season. Bridgett Knobbe also added 41 assists and eight digs and Mallory Cooper had a team-high 18 digs for DWU.

Dakota Wesleyan (9-1, 0-1 GPAC) is back in action Saturday with non-conference matches against York (1 p.m.) and Presentation (5 p.m.) at the Corn Palace.

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