Dixie State’s women’s volleyball team opened its final homestand as a member of the Pacific West Conference on Monday night with a convincing 3-0 sweep of Hawai’i Hilo inside the DSU Student Activities Center.
The Trailblazers (11-13, 9-7 PacWest) quickly bolted out to a commanding two-set lead, taking the first frame by a 25-16 count before blitzing the Vulcans (8-14, 5-10 PacWest) with a 25-9 result in set two.
DSU looked as if it had the match in hand up 16-13 in set three, but Hawai’i Hilo mounted a late charge, outscoring the Trailblazers, 8-2, to wrestle away the momentum and take a 21-18 advantage. Trailing 23-21 with the Vulcans holding serve, Dixie State managed to avoid going to a fourth set as the Trailblazers scored the final four points to close the match out.
Kills by Lauren Gammell and Kaycee Adams, followed by a Vulcan attack error, gave DSU match point, which Kayla Chapman picked up with her team-leading ninth kill of the night.
Gammell finished with eight kills, while Hannah Doonan chipped in six and Shannon Sorensen added five off the bench. DSU hit .274 for the match with 41 kills to go with seven services aces.
Dixie State’s defense also got the job done as the Trailblazers held the Vulcans to a .008 hitting percentage, thanks in part to 14 total blocks, including eight Chapman block assists and six more from Gammell. DSU also finished with 67 digs, led by libero Sid Brandon with a game-high 26.
Dixie State returns to action this Saturday when it hosts Azusa Pacific for Senior Day at noon. DSU will then close out its home slate against Academy of Art the following day on Sunday, Nov. 12, also starting at noon.
Steve Johnson is the Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations and Collegiate Licensing at Dixie State University. For more DSU Athletics news, please visit www.dixieathletics.com and follow Dixie State on Twitter at @DixieAthletics.