South Dakota finishes 3-0 this weekend

EL PASO, TEXAS – South Dakota finished the Borderland Invitational 3-0 after a 3-2 win over the University of Texas at El Paso on Saturday. Elisabeth Juhnke recorded a record 27 wins while Brooklyn Schram had a record 44 assists. The scores went 25-20, 21-25, 21-25, 25-19, 17-15.

who stood out

medium blocker Madison Harms added 12 kills and five blocks to round out Juhnke’s 27 kills. Schram added two service aces and nine digs to go along with his 44 assists, while libero Lolo Weideman set up an 18-dig game and added two service aces.

UTEP received 14 kills from outside hitter Serena Patterson while Ema Uskokovic and Sara Pustahija each added 11 kills. Mattie Gantt (27) and Hande Yetis (21) combined to provide 48 assists for the Miners and Hula Crisostomo had a team-high 17 digs.


South Dakota took an early lead with a 25-20 victory in the first set, but UTEP fought back to win sets two and three. The Coyotes were not to be tamed and came back to win the fourth set, going 6-0 to take a 17-9 lead to force a fifth set. The final set started with a 3-0 run from the Coyotes, but it was a back-and-forth battle throughout. A kill from Adams tied the score at 13-13 before another kill from Juhnke put South Dakota ahead. A Coyote error gave the Miners the game point at 15-14, but a UTEP service error, Adams blocked and an offensive error for UTEP gave South Dakota the 17-15 victory.


  • Harms hit .545 that day, picking up 12 error-free kills.
  • Brynn Paumen had nine kills and five blocks to compliment his .500 hitting percentage
  • There were 27 ties and 12 lead changes throughout the five-set battle, including eight ties and four lead changes in the fifth set.
  • South Dakota went 3-0 over the weekend, including two wins in five sets, for a total of 14 sets played over a two-day span.


“This weekend turned out to be exactly what we thought it could be! Every team challenged each other hugely, so I’m really proud of this team for finding a way to come away from here with three wins “said the head coach. Leanne Williamson. “It’s still early in the season, and it’s manifested at times with the ups and downs we’ve felt. However, when you can get your act together and find ways to win those close, it will absolutely set us up for success. later in the Harms and Juhnke did a great job of being constant threats offensively, but we had so many players who contributed in the big moments, whether it was a dig or a massive block!Those three wins show a lot of courage and determination.


South Dakota returns to Vermillion to host the South Dakota Classic September 9-10. The Coyotes will play three games over a two-day span that will include CSU Bakersfield, West Virginia and Northern Colorado.

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