SPEARFISH — Black Hills State University ended the home portion of its regular-season volleyball schedule by edging Colorado Christian three games to two Saturday evening at the Young Center, in Spearfish.

The home standing Yellow Jackets won the first game 25-22. Colorado Christian won the next two games 25-12 and 25-23, with Black Hills State winning the final two games 26-24 and 15-11.

“I’m going to start with our don’t-give-up attitude,” Yellow Jackets’ head coach Kristin Carmichael said of the most important aspect of the match. “I thought our blocking really came on strong late in the match, and I think that they (Cougars) weren’t expecting it.”

Black Hills State built a 13-8 lead in the first game. Colorado Christian stormed back to claim a 20-17 advantage.

Peyton Bodemann’s attacking kill allowed the Yellow Jackets to forge a 21-21 tie. The teams traded points, and the score was tied at 22.

Sierra Ward and Kindra Cerrone recorded attacking kills to put Black Hills State ahead 24-22. Laurel Lech served an ace to clinch the Yellow Jackets’ 25-22 victory.

The Cougars used three aces early in the second game to highlight an early 13-5 lead. A fourth ace opened a 22-9 advantage en route to the 25-12 win.

Jessy Hibl’s serving ace put the Yellow Jackets ahead 7-6 in the third game. Bodemann recorded an attacking kill as Black Hills State forged a 16-16 tie.

Madison Hoopman’s attacking kill enabled the Yellow Jackets to forge a 23-23 tie. Colorado Christian tallied the next two points for the 25-23 win.

“I thought they swung aggressively when they were out of system,” Carmichael said of describing the Cougars’ success in the first three games. “We served really tough, but I felt like they still were getting really good looks offensively.”

The Cougars claimed a 17-15 lead in the fourth game before Hoopman’s attacking kill pulled Black Hills State into an 18-18 tie.

Cerrone and Bodemann combined for three attacking kills as the Yellow Jackets moved ahead 22-18. Colorado Christian cut the margin to 25-24, but Ward’s attacking kill pushed Black Hills State to the 26-24 win.

The teams were tied at 6, 7, 8, and 9 in the fifth game. An attacking kill by Mariah Robinson put Black Hills State ahead 10-9.

Cerrone’s attacking kill gave the Yellow Jackets side out and a 13-11 lead. Black Hills State scored the next two games for the 15-11 win and match victory.

What will give the Yellow Jackets the best chance of getting into the postseason tournament?

“I think it’s going to be really important that we believe we can win on the road,” Carmichael said. Black Hills State has three matches to end the regular season.

Statistical leaders follow.

Attacking kills — BHSU: Madison Hoopman 13, Sierra Ward 13, Kindra Cerrone 10, Peyton Bodemann 10. CCU: Cali Bahnsen 20.

Set assists — BHSU: Laurel Lech 31, Tess Thomas 21. CCU: Jincey Nystedt 32.

Serving aces — BHSU: Cerrone 1, Jessy Hibl 1, Haedyn Rhoades 1, Bodemann 1, Lech 1. CCU: Mariela Gonzalez 3.

Digs — Black Hills State: Rhoades 43, Lech 18, Valerie Blake 10. CCU: Gonzalez 26.

Total blocks — BHSU: Mariah Robinson 6 (6 assist), Ward 4 (4 assist), Bodemann 4 (4 assist). CCU: Kristy Dick 5 (5 assist). 

Black Hills State (9-6 in the conference, 11-12 overall) will play at Chadron State on Friday, Nov. 8.

The top eight teams qualify for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference postseason tournament. Black Hills State is currently sixth in the standings.

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