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Dakota Wesleyan volleyball dealt first conference loss at Northwestern

No. 15-ranked Red Raiders answer early deficit to knock off No. 13 Tigers

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ORANGE CITY, Iowa — Dakota Wesleyan University's run among the ranks of the undefeated teams in Great Plains Athletic Conference volleyball play came to an end Wednesday night, with Northwestern answering a first-set defeat with three set victories for a 3-1 win.

No. 15 Northwestern won the match 23-25, 25-22, 25-22 and 29-27. The loss, which was DWU's first of the season in a true road match, came on the same day the Tigers (15-2, 5-1 GPAC) made the NAIA top-25 coaches poll for the first time Wednesday, clocking in at 13th.

The match turned after the first set, where DWU hit .250 for the opening game. From then on, the Red Raiders hit .289 or better in each set, including .370 in the second frame, and DWU was kept to under a .200 hitting percentage per set.

Northwestern (11-5, 3-3 GPAC) was paced by a balanced attack, with 14 kills from Alysen Dexter, 12 from Macay Van't Hul, 11 kills from Katie Peters and 10 from Bekah Horstman. Van't Hul had six blocks, while Emily Strasser had 19 digs and Jadeyn Schutt had a match-high 33 assists for the Red Raiders.

Mariah Gloe had 11 kills for the Tigers, with nine coming from Mackenzie Miller. Ady Dwight and Abby Brunsing each had seven kills for the Tigers. Dwight added five blocks, as well. Madeline Else had 29 assists and three aces in the loss, with Hanna Reiff logging a team-high 13 digs.

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DWU swept Northwestern two weeks ago in Mitchell when the Red Raiders were ranked in the top-10. Only No. 1-ranked Jamestown remains undefeated in GPAC play this season at 17-0 overall and 6-0 in league play.

The Tigers play at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 at Morningside in Sioux City, Iowa.

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