Sealock lost 3-1 to NDSU

VERMILLION, SD—North Dakota state underdog Syra Tanchin posted a match-high .375 with 22 kills, and the Bison reinforced their home win over South Dakota with a 3-1 away win over the Coyotes Thursday at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center. The results were 25-23, 25-17, 13-25 and 25-23.

South Dakota (26-3, 15-2 Summit) clinched its Summit League regular-season title last weekend but saw its 12-game home winning streak end. North Dakota State (20-9, 13-4 Summit), seventh in preseason polls, can secure second place and a first-round bye with an away win at South Dakota State on Saturday.

Who stood out

Tanchin hit .375 with 26 kills in NDSU’s five-set win over South Dakota on Sept. 27. She produced similar numbers Thursday while adding 12 digs to her 10th Double-double of the season. The Bison got a terrific back row play from Ali Hinze, who had 16 kills and 11 digs, and libero Logan O’Brien.

For South Dakota, it was a sophomore Kylen Seelock who experienced and took full advantage of the first extended period of her career. Sealock stepped in during a lost second set but turned it on immediately and continued to play well in sets three and four. She totaled 14 kills on just 24 swings with three misses and also had three blocks.

turning point

North Dakota State rebounded 17-14 to win the first set. Three Coyote service errors and problems handling Bison serves flipped the advantage. A USD attacking error and a block by Kelley Johnson and Michelle Artis gave NDSU their final points.

NDSU hit .326 (18-3-46) and .372 (18-2-43) in sets two and four. South Dakota hit .696 (17-1-23) from the break to win the third set. The Coyotes trailed 18-14 and 23-20 in the fourth set, but Sealock had four straight kills and USD had four shots to try to level the stretch, including three at match point.


  • Sealock entered the match with five career kills
  • USD Elizabeth Juhnke, the nation’s top killer, had a peak and program record 39 kills in the first game against NDSU. She had 19 kills in 54 swings Thursday. She is 12 kills away from the Summit League record for kills in a single season.
  • Juhnke had 18 match-sized digs with her 19 kills.
  • USD middle blocker Madison Harms had 10 kills and one miss on 23 swings with five block assists. Artis, the Bison’s middle blocker, had nine kills on 23 swings with three block assists.

“I think the game really came in waves,” USD head coach said Leanne Williamson. “The state of North Dakota did a very good job playing defense and lengthening rallies. There were a few that felt like they were going to get killed and they just kept teeing off and sending more balls over. I didn’t think that we were so clean Serving and passing will come in waves sometimes and I think we saw that on both sides tonight.

“We made that adjustment when Kylen came in and I thought Kylen had a really, really good match for us. It’s a tough situation she got into and she handled it very well. She gave us that spark.”

South Dakota will honor seniors Lolo Weidemann and Aimée Adams after Saturday’s 4:45 p.m. game against North Dakota. The Summit League tournament will be held November 24-26 in Omaha, Nebraska.