Martens reaches 1,000 kills; Vikings fall to Dickinson

Oct 15th, 2013 @ 9:32 pm | Author: Mark Potts, Sports Information Director
Aurissa Martens recorded her 1,000th career kill Tuesday night for Valley City State, but it wasn’t enough as the Vikings fell to Dickinson State in four games.

The Blue Hawks won by game scores of 25-23, 25-20, 22-25, 25-22.
Valley City State drops to 12-19 overall. Dickinson State improves to 3-17 on the season. The match was non-conference for both teams. Dickinson will join VCSU in the North Star Athletic Association next season.

Martens tallied 17 kills in the match, including her 1,000th career kill in game three. It sparked a late rally by VCSU to win game three. But after the Vikings went up 9-3 in game four, the Blue Hawks rallied for the 25-22 victory.

Kelsey Labodi added 13 kills for the Vikings, who will resume play on Friday during a tournament at Waldorf College (Iowa). Stephanie Miller continued her hot serving as of late with five service aces in the match. She also led the Vikings with 20 assists. Megan Good added 19 assists.

Trailing 15-9 in game three, Martens picked up her 1,000th career kill and received a standing ovation from the home crowd. That moment provided a spark for the Vikings, who battled back to within 20-22 before scoring the final five points of the game. Rachel Hummel closed it out for VCSU with back-to-back aces to end game three.

In game four, Miller got hot while serving and paced the Vikings to a 9-3 lead. The Blue Hawks would battle back, scoring 12 of the next 18 points, to tie it up at 15-15 en route to the 25-22 win.

Kelly O’Connor paced the Blue Hawks with 13 kills. Melissa Avila added 10.

Martens is now 8th on the all-time list at VCSU for career kills. She also recently moved into 3rd all time in blocks with 392.