USD Preparing for National Tourney

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South Dakota clinched a spot in the NCAA tournament for the first time after capturing its first Summit League title by taking down Denver Sunday afternoon.

The Yotes dropped the two regular season matchups between the Pioneers, but once South Dakota had top-seeded Denver on the ropes, they weren’t going let up.

“Going into the tournament and being able to get up against Denver again in the championship match, our team was extremely focused,” South Dakota head coach Leanne Williamson said. “I just think they were intent on what they were doing and they were determined to make sure the outcome favored us.” 

Even after a couple of days since the tournament finale, the squad is still feeling the emotions of the win.

“You know, I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet, I think we got back the other night and we’re all just so excited,” senior middle blocker Taylor Wilson said. “We went to class and our group messages are blowing up and it’s awesome, it’s a great feeling and we can’t wait for what’s next.”

Senior outside hitter Hayley Dotseth mentioned how crucial this tournament birth is for the program.

“Just to show that we don’t have to come out with huge talent every year, I think that we can just work really hard to make improvements throughout the entire year, so I think that’s what’s really huge for this program.”

The Coyotes are hosting a viewing party at the Old Lumber Company in Vermillion from 7-8 p.m. on Sunday for the NCAA selection show.

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