Blue Knights Volleyball team takes down Anoka in 3 straight sets
The DCTC volleyball team has played some great competition in their first 7 matches. In the first match of the season, the Blue Knights played Iowa Central CC, a team that is ranked in the top 25 in the nation. The Blue Knights competed in each set and showed their grit and skill against a team that outmatched them physically. Iowa won the match in 3 sets (16-25, 19-25, 15-25).
The Blue Knights earned their first win the following weekend in the St. Cloud Tech John Haler Invitational. The first match of the tournament, the Knights took down Dakota College at Bottineau in 3 straight sets (27-25, 25- 17, 25-22). Freshman, Kim Stinnett, led the way with 10 kills with a hitting efficiency of .222. Redshirt Freshman, Sonje Odegard added 8 kills, freshman Destiny Cox added 7 kills, and freshman Sam Carr added 6 kills and 3 blocks. Sophomore Chelsea Kiewel was outstanding in the back row with 16 digs.
The second match of the tournament, the Blue Knights played the home team and tournament host, St. Cloud Tech. The Cyclones came out to a fast start, but DCTC came back and proved they were going to be a resilient team. St. Cloud won the first set 25-14, and the Knights took the second set 25-20. The Cyclones took the third and fourth set. (16-25, 24-26) In the fourth set, the Knights had game point, but couldn't close it out. It was a great match by both teams.
The next morning the Knights started out slow and lost a 5 set match to Mesabi Range (21-25, 19-25, 25-23, 25-22, 9-15) and a 3 set match to Marshalltown (24-26, 14-25, 22-25). The weekend showed the grit, fight and potential that the Blue Knights have and was a good starting point for the rest of the season.
Monday evening, the Knights hosted their second home match to North Dakota State College of Science, a sub region opponent. The match was well played, but the Knights fell short in the 4th set. The Knights had their backs against the wall in the middle of the first set after an injury. They battled in the second set and started to find a rhythm. The Knights won the third set 25-20 and battled for every point in the fourth set. In the end, NDSCS won the match in 4 sets. (17-25, 21-25, 25-20, 20-25). Sonje Odegard led the team, and had a great match with 10 kills, 3 blocks, and 2 aces . Freshman Haley Anderson had a great match as well with 7 kills, 3 aces, and 14 digs. Chelsea Kiewel added 16 digs. Sam Carr aded 3 blocks.
Thursday night, the Blue Knights hosted Anoka Ramsey Community College. The Knights dominated the match and won in 3 straight sets. (25-10, 25-12, 25-19). Destiny Cox led the team with 13 kills, 4 blocks and a hitting efficiency of .267. Sam Carr had 7 kills and a hitting efficiency of .263. Sonje Odegard added 7 kills and 4 blocks. Chelsea Kiewel led the defense with 21 digs,
The Knights return to action next Wednesday with an away match at Bethel University against their JV team. They will finish out the week at the Anoka Ramsey tournament on Saturday 9/9, where they will play Itasca, Hibbing and Rainy River.