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Dakota Wesleyan volleyball rallies for five-set home win over Flames

The Tigers improve to 11-3 overall and remain perfect in home contests this season

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MITCHELL — The Dakota Wesleyan University volleyball team remained perfect at home and earned another tough Great Plains Athletic Conference victory, rallying from two sets down to take down No. 13 College of Saint Mary on Saturday.

Set scores were 24-26, 20-25, 25-14, 25-23 and 17-15 in favor of the No. 18-ranked Tigers.

CSM won the first two sets despite a combined 21 hitting errors and finished the day hitting .127 for the match. DWU made 15 hitting errors in the first two sets and then found its form in the final three sets, with a hitting percentage of .300 in sets 3-through-5.

Ady Dwight had 18 kills and eight total blocks — matching a career-high — for the Tigers, which had 14 team blocks for the match. Mackenzie Miller had a season-high 17 kills for the Tigers and hit a team-best .366 for the match. Madeline Else had a career-high 54 set assists and 12 digs, and Mariah Gloe had 10 kills and 18 digs, plus five total blocks in the victory. Hanna Reiff moved into the Tigers' top-five all-time in career digs in school history with 26 in the match.

The Flames (13-3, 3-3 GPAC) were led by Makenna Freeman and Lexie Langley, who each had 17 kills. Rachel Cushing had a match-high 35 digs.

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DWU (11-3, 4-2 GPAC) will host rival Dakota State for a non-conference match on Tuesday, Sept. 27. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Christen Family Athletic Center.

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