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    DSU Volleyball: 2013 schedule released

    MADISON, S.D. - The Dakota State University Trojan volleyball team has released its schedule for the 2013 season.  The Trojans will begin their season on the road before playing their first home match on Sept. 3 at the DSU Fieldhouse.  DSU, under the guidance of fifth-year head coach Amy Veenhof, will play a 32-match schedule including nine home matches and three pre-season tournaments.

    The Trojans kick off the 2013 season as they head to Sioux City, Iowa twice to face a pair of Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) foes.  Dakota State opens the season at Briar Cliff (Iowa) on Aug. 24 and visits Morningside (Iowa) on Aug. 28.

    DSU plays four matches in the Corn Palace Classic during Labor Day weekend (Aug. 30-31) in Mitchell, S.D.  The Trojans face York (Neb.), Clarke (Iowa), Saint Mary (Neb.) and conclude the tournament against long-time rival Dakota Wesleyan at the Corn Palace.

    Dakota State's first home match of the season is on Sept. 3 versus Briar Cliff at the DSU Fieldhouse.  This is the second straight season that the Trojans welcome the Chargers in DSU's season home opener.

    The Trojans play another GPAC opponent on Sept. 4, visiting in-state rival Mount Marty in Yankton, S.D.

    DSU will play four teams from Nebraska in the Hastings Classic on Sept. 6-7 in Hastings, Neb.  Dakota State play three GPAC foes - Hastings, Concordia and Doane - in their first three matches of the tournament.  The Trojans play Bellevue in the final match of the Hastings Classic.

    Dakota State's first North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) conference match will be on Sept. 10 in Aberdeen, S.D.  The conference match kicks off at 7 p.m. versus Presentation at the Strode Center.

    The Trojans play in the final pre-season tournament tune-up on Sept. 13-14, hosted by Peru State in Peru, Neb.  DSU will play Grace (Neb.), host-team Peru State, Friends (Kan.) and Mount Marty in the Claws Out Challenge.

    DSU heads to Valley City, N.D. on Sept. 18 for a NSAA conference match with Valley City State.

    Dakota State returns to the DSU Fieldhouse to kick off their five-match home stand on Sept. 20, including three conference matches.  The Trojans host Mayville State (N.D.) on Sept. 20 and Jamestown (N.D.) on Sept. 21.  

    DSU welcomes Saint Mary in their homecoming match on Sept. 26.

    The Trojans continue their action at home versus Mount Marty on Oct. 3 and conclude their home stand with a NSAA conference match with Valley City State on Oct. 9.

    DSU heads to North Dakota for a pair of NSAA conference matches, visiting Mayville State on Oct. 11 and Jamestown on Oct. 12.

    Dakota State returns home for their final NSAA home conference match versus Presentation on Oct. 16.  the Trojans head to Nebraska to play Concordia on Oct. 18 and Saint Mary on Oct. 19.

    The battle between in-state rivals DWU and DSU at the DSU Fieldhouse will be held on Oct. 23.

    The Trojans travel to Forest City, Iowa to play in the Waldorf triangular.  DSU will face Central Baptist (Ark.) and host-team Waldorf on Oct. 25.

    DSU returns home on Oct. 29 as they play their final regular-season match of the season, hosting in-state rival University of Sioux Falls - a member of NCAA Division II and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).

    The postseason qualifying conference tournament dates and locations will be determined on a later date.

    The winner of the qualifying conference tournaments advance to the NAIA Volleyball National Championship Opening Round to be held on the campus sites on Nov. 16.

    The NAIA Volleyball National Tournament will be held at the Tyson Center in Sioux City, Iowa on Dec. 3-7.

    Dakota State will have a junior varsity team this fall.  They will start the season in the Ridgewater Classic with four matches scheduled on Aug. 23-24.  The DSU junior varsity schedule includes 13 matches with the first home match versus Briar Cliff at the DSU Fieldhouse on Sept. 3, starting at 6 p.m.




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