The Lancers (16-8/13-3 PWC) entered with just two loses in PWC and sat in 2nd place with a slim lead over the Red Storm (14-8/11/5 PWC). DSU closed the gap on CBU with their victory today and will continue to try and make up more ground in their remaining four matches.
CBU opened up the first set with a vengeance, as they built and early 9-1 lead, only to see DSU and serving star Alex Anderson (Prescott, AZ/Prescott) rattle off six straight points to close the Lancer lead at 9-7. The two squads see-sawed back and forth until CBU forced a Red Storm error late in the game and took a 24-21 lead and had serve to win the opening game. But, Maddie Rex (Tucson, AZ/Sabino) followed with a kill and then held serve to rally the Storm for four straight points to steal the opener 26-24.
Game two and three were all the Lancers. DSU managed to score just 26 points combined in the two games, including just five kills and nine errors (-.138) in game three. CBU outside hitter Kim McCalmont and Jelena Dragovic were too much for the Red Storm to handle.
Game four the Red Storm found some life in their legs and rallied to open up a 13-10 lead when Nicole Koehler (Sandy, UT/Alta) and Shannon Young (Whittier, CA/St Paul) blocked Jenna Perry and forced a CBU timeout.
Out of the timeout the two teams traded points, with the Lancers trying to go for the final kill and the Red Storm gasping for their last breath. With the fourth game tied at 19-19, Rex served three straight points, including a service ace to give DSU a 22-19 advantage. But, like every good battle, the Lancers responded and cut the DSU lead to 23-22 and force a DSU timeout.
Following the timeout, Pauline VonDinklage (American Samoa/Fagaitua) found the back corner of the floor to give the Red Storm a 24-22 lead. Young would close out the game with a powerful blast down the line to force the fifth, winner take all set.
CBU returned with a vengeance and opened the match with three straight points. But, DSU answered with a block from Bird and VonDinkalge and a kill from Koehler to cut it to 3-2. The two teams traded blows until the Red Storm took a 14-12 lead on a kill from Young to force match point.
The Lancers responded with a kill from McCalmont, and two attack errors from the Red Storm and took a 15-14 lead.
Rex responded for the Red Storm with a laser kill to tie the match at 15 all. Each team would take a swing and the other would respond until two straight CBU hitting errors sealed the comeback for Dixie State with a 19-17 game five victory.
"We didn't play the best we have all year," said head coach Robyn Felder. "But, we had the most heart and we left everything on the floor."
Young led DSU and tied for a match-high 18 kills and Rex followed with 11 kills of her own. The Storm only hit .121 for the match, but ended up on the right side of the win column. Setter Soreneson had 35 assists and Anderson added 15 digs.
Three Lancer players finished with double digit kills, McCalmont tied Rex with 18, Dragovic added 15 and Lauren Marr had 10 to hit .190 as a team.
CBU won the battle of the nets with 38 block assists and one solo block. DSU had 30 assisted blocks.
Dixie State began the five-game home stand on the right note and will continue on Wednesday when they host Hawaii Hilo at 6 pm in the Student Activities Center.