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Hot hitting spurs DWU to another key home win over No. 6 Concordia

Tigers improve to 16-4 with their second win over a top-10 opponent in as many days.

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Dakota Wesleyan's Tya Weideman (13) digs a ball during a college volleyball match against Midland on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022 at the Christen Family Athletic Center in Mitchell.
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MITCHELL — Another day, another massive home win for the Dakota Wesleyan University volleyball team on Saturday, as the Tigers swept sixth-ranked Concordia (Neb.).

Set scores were 25-21, 25-23 and 25-12 at the Christen Family Athletic Center, with DWU moving to 16-4 and 7-3 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. Saturday's win followed in the footsteps of a Friday night win over No. 3 Midland in four sets .

DWU won on the strength of its best hitting day in a conference match this season, with a .385 hitting percentage and 49 kills and only nine errors. It was DWU's fourth match of the season with fewer than 10 hitting errors and first since Sept. 2.

It was capped by a third set that saw DWU post 17 kills on 29 swings for a .517 hitting percentage, doubling up the Bulldogs on points in the set and leaving little doubt about the Tigers on their home court again, where the Tigers have now won 17 of their last 19 matches.

Ady Dwight — the nation's leader in kills per set with 4.66 — had 21 kills and five total blocks. Mackenzie Miller had 11 kills and four total blocks and Emily Dale had eight kills for DWU, which had 42 assists from Madeline Else. Hanna Reiff had 13 digs in the win for the Tigers.

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The Tigers will leave GPAC play for the final time this regular season with a Wednesday, Oct. 12 match at Dakota State to complete a home-and-home series with the Trojans, followed by an Oct. 15 contest at Mount Marty.

As for DWU's national ranking, a new top-25 poll comes out on Wednesday, Oct. 12. The Tigers, who were never ranked until 2021, can set a school record with a top-12 national ranking.

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The Tigers got 19 points, placing them behind Hastings and Briar Cliff. Defending regular-season champion Midland was tabbed to repeat, receiving 119 points and 10 first-place votes.
With 21 points, DWU slotted in ahead of Hastings and behind Dordt in the rankings. Concordia was picked to win the conference, receiving 98 points and eight first-place votes.
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