Trojans fall in NSAA volleyball championship match to V-Hawks

WATERTOWN, S.D. (DSUAthletics.com) – Second-seeded Dakota State (S.D.) faced top-seeded Viterbo (Wis.) in the North Star Athletic Association Volleyball conference tournament’s championship match for the second consecutive year Saturday afternoon at the Watertown Civic Arena. The Trojans grabbed a 1-0 match lead (25-22) but fell in the next three sets (25-16, 25-20, 25-21) as the V-Hawks captured the NSAA tournament’s title.

Viterbo, ranked No. 6 in the NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 national poll, will carry their 11-match winning streak into the final site of the NAIA Volleyball National Tournament. The V-Hawks (31-5 overall record) will represent the NSAA’s automatic bid to the national tournament.

Dakota State, who is ranked No. 31 in the national poll in the receiving votes section, fell to 19-12 overall record. The Trojans await to hear from the NAIA national office they have a case for an at-large bid to the 44-team NAIA Volleyball National Tournament.

The NAIA Volleyball National Tournament Opening Round is set for Nov. 23 at the campus sites, with opening round runners joining the NAIA’s top 11 (or 12) teams from the Top 25 to the final site of the national tournament at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa on Dec. 3-7. The NAIA Volleyball Selection Show is set for Monday at 10 a.m.