volleyball1979.jpgIn 1926, Dakota State University started a Women's Athletes Association (W.A.A.) program. W.A.A. was a program where all the women played a variety of sports including volleyball. At this time, volleyball was not considered a school affiliated team; the women only played for fun. Back then, the Science Center was used as their gymnasium, performing arts, and arena theater. The classes were held downstairs, while sports were played upstairs.

It wasn't until 1966 that DSU officially had a Women's Volleyball team. Their first and only two games were against Sioux Falls College in December. The following year, there were a numerous amount of women interested in volleyball, so it was divided into Teams A and B. From then on, the women have been improving their skills to become a better team.

In 1991, the DSU Volleyball team began their season with their new coach, Cindy Pummill. With the help of Coach Pummill, the Trojan Volleyball team shared the Conference Champions title with the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Hard Rockers, each with a record of 8-2. Dakota State also captured the Sub-District Championship Banner, and also participated in the District 12 tournament, finishing with 3rd place. They ended their season with the most wins in Dakota State University Volleyball history.

The Trojan Volleyball team is continuing to break records. In 2001, They top the list for the most kills in a match, most team aces in a match, and most digs in a match. Although they finished with a 12-14 season, the matches were close, going to five games several times.

They have continued to make the playoffs every year, and plan to continue to build their standings in the DAC 10 Conference.



The 1966 Trojan Yearbook

The 1967 Trojan Yearbook, p. 146.

The 1991 Trojan Yearbook