Nov 3rd, 2003 @ 8:22 am | Author: Nathan Aakre, Viking Sports Staff
The Viking volleyball team took on a tough Dickinson State University Blue Hawk team Saturday afternoon in Grachien Gym. The Vikes came into the game with a 7-18 record and looking for their first win in the DAC-10, while DSU entered the match with a 23-5 record and unbeaten in DAC-10 play. This would definitely be a challenge for the young Viking team.

The Vikes held their own for much of the first game, down only 11-10 early in the game. Dickinson went on a little run, and forced Valley City State to take a timeout down 12-17. Out of the timeout, the Blue Hawks went on a 13-4 run to close out the game 30-16 and take a 1-0 lead in the match.

The second game was also very close as the Vikes battled and repeatedly fought back against every run that the Blue Hawks made. They cut the DSU lead late in the game to four at 24-20. Dickinson State called a timeout, and ultimately took the momentum away from the Vikings, scoring 6 out of the last 7 points, despite the relentless effort of the young Viking team to hold their own, to take game 2 30-21, and a 2-0 lead.

Dickinson State looked to put the finishing touch on the Vikes early in game 3, coming out of the gates with the first 7 points. Once again, however, the Vikings never gave up and fought their way back into the game slowly, and eventually cut the DSU lead to 3 at 22-19. The Blue Hawks again fought off every run by the Vikes and held them off in the end to win game 3 30-24, and also the match 3-0 over VCSU.

This dropped the Viking record to 7-19 overall and 0-11 in the conference. VCSU will have their final home and regular season game Wednesday, November 5th, in Grachien Gym at 7:00.