SOUTH DAKOTA 3, TULSA 1 (19-25, 25-21, 25-15, 25-13)
VERMILLION, SD — South Dakota dropped the first set in front of its home crowd, but turned around to sweep the next three, topping Tulsa and earning a spot in the championship match of the 2019 NIVC.
The Coyotes (31-2) will play host to Georgia Tech in the final, set for 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Dec. 17. The Golden Hurricane ends their season at 18-16.
Tulsa jumped ahead in front of a raucous crown in Set 1; the next set was tied at 18-all before South Dakota responded and tied the match. Tulsa’s hitting percentage in Set 3 was in the negative, while the Coyotes had a 14-6 edge in kills. In the final set, South Dakota used a 4-0 run to take a 14-9 lead and never looked back.
For the Coyotes, freshman Elizabeth Juhnke had 24 kills and senior Elizabeth Loschen added 10 kills. Sophomore Madison Jurgens had 46 kills and 17 digs. Anne Rasmussen had 22 digs, and Lolo Weideman added 17 digs as the Coyotes had a 58-37 lead in kills.
Callie Cook had nine kills; Taylor Horsfall had 29 digs, and Mariah Pardo and Roosa Rautio each had 15 assists.