This week in Coyote athletics
VERMILLION, S.D.– South Dakota volleyball opens its conference season with two road games, cross country runs in the Woody Greeno Invitational, men’s and women’s golf compete in separate tournaments and tennis spends three days at the Drake Invitational this week in Coyote athletics.
Coyote volleyball opens its second season in the Summit League with games at Western Illinois and IUPUI on Friday and Saturday, respectively. USD went 7-11 in conference play last year leading and was voted to finish sixth in the league this year.
Volleyball won three of four matches in Conway, Ark., this weekend at the Sugar Bear Classic. Outside hitter Kendall Kritenbrink (Gretna, Neb.) had a team-high 63 kills while setter Tori Kroll (Germantown, Wis.) paced the offense with 144 assists.
Hosted by Nebraska Wesleyan, the Woody Greeno Invitational will be cross country’s second event of the fall, as they swept the CU/UNO Classic on Sept. 1. Jeff Mettler (Eureka, S.D.) won the double-duel with a time of 26:39.10, 30 seconds better than the next competitor and a new school-record for the course. Eight USD runners finished in the top 13. Katie Wetzstein (Hudson, Wis.) was the top women’s finisher, running 19:35.30 to earn second place. Coyote women went 2-5 at the event.
South Dakota men’s and women’s golf teams open their fall seasons with two-day tournaments starting today. The men play at the Fairview Club Invitational in Nebraska City, Neb. Tee time is set for an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. The men won their exhibition duel with Omaha on Aug. 31, shooting 298 in the process. Junior Nolan Schmidt (Avoca, Iowa) and redshirt freshman Dakota Clark (Orono, Minn.) had low-rounds with 74.
The women, meanwhile, travel to Lincoln, Neb., to participate in the Chip N’ Club Invitational. Head coach Nick Hovden is taking a very young team, including junior Hailey Sheldahl (Ottumwa, Iowa), sophomore Stephanie Rodgers (Unadilla, Neb.), freshman Hannah Withrow (Yankton, S.D.), freshman Ellie Ament (Dyersville, Iowa) and freshman Victoria Grasso (Ankeny, Iowa). Sheldahl tied for 27th at last spring’s Summit League tournament.
Tennis will look to keep their record perfect as they spend Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Des Moines, Iowa, for the Drake Invitational. The Coyotes are 2-0 this fall after winning a pair of duels, 7-0, against Morningside and Missouri Western Saturday. Led by number one singles player Hafsa Laraibi, USD did not lose a single set during the weekend.