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Volleyball team competes in the NAIA National Championship Tournament

he Yellow Jacket volleyball team fin- ished a successful season going 26-8 and earning their first trip ever to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes (NAIA) National Tournament. “It was a tremendous honor and achieve- ment for our program to get an opportunity to play in the National Tournament.


experience proved we could play with the best teams in the nation. We were able to close our season feeling confident and proud of our accomplishments,” said Head Coach Jhett Albers. The Yellow Jackets finished 1-2 in pool play which included a narrow victory by Point Loma Nazarene by two points in a five game set to advance to the championship round of the NAIA National Tournament. “Even though the

Point Loma game was a disappointing loss we were able to gain valuable experience for the years to come. We are extremely close to being one of the top teams in the country,” added Coach Albers. The team will only

lose one senior, Annie Grim, next season and will return six starters in the fall of 2009. Two key recruits will join the team in the fall - Amy O’Neill, the sister to Maggie O’Neill, junior outside hitter from Martin. Kylee Lamb from Sully Buttes High School will also join the team. Kylee is one of the top athletes in the state.

Kristin Engle, junior from Newcastle,

Wyo., was awarded 1st Team All-DAC, DAC Player of the Year, 1st Team All-Region, and 2nd Team NAIA All-American. Along with her court accomplishments Engle was also named NAIA/DAC Scholar Athlete. O’Neill earned 1st Team All-DAC, and

1st Team All-Region. Mandy Brumfield, senior from Dickinson, N.D., was named 1st Team All-DAC, All-Region Honorable Mention, and NAIA/DAC Scholar Athlete. Kayla Haines, junior from Mitchell, was awarded NAIA Champion of Character and NAIA/DAC Scholar Athlete.

The Black Hills State University volleyball team had an exciting season this year, earning their first ever trip to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes (NAIA) National Tournament. The team finished the tournament ranked 13th in the NAIA.

Former BHSU men's basketball and women's volleyball teams honored

The 1946-47 men’s basketball team was one of two teams to be inducted into the Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame during the annual Swarm Day activities. Pictured left to right are John Fitzgerald, accepting for Maurice Fitzgerald; Sandy Wilkinson accepting for Stanley Ainsworth; Dale Hardy, Ralph "Ed" McLaughlin, Marvin Evans, Arthur Lee Albert, and Terry Burgess accepting for Glenn Burgess. The team won the championship of both the SDIC and the newly formed Montana-Dakota Conference. Coach Oliver "Ollie" Olson led what many believe to be the most successful team since the "Big Five" in 1927-28.

The 1979 women’s volleyball team was also inducted this year into the Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame at BHSU. Pictured left to right are Charley Conger, accepting for Michele (Conger) Schmidt; Cindy (Schutt) Painter, Susie (Seppala) Carr, Dawn (Taylor) Schwindt, Janice (Hanson) Curry, Lea Totton, 1979 head coach; and Denise Welsch. The 1979 volleyball team led by Totton, won the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) South Dakota state volleyball championship. The title was the first in the team's history. The Yellow Jackets posted an impressive 26-8 overall record.

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