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Augustana wins First Dakota National Bank Mayor’s Cup Challenge for fifth straight year

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Augustana University has secured the First Dakota National Bank Mayor’s Cup Challenge for the fifth straight season. The Vikings won the 2016-17 Mayor’s Cup Challenge defeating the University of Sioux Falls 12.5-6.5.

The First Dakota National Bank Mayor’s Cup Challenge began in 2012-13 and Augustana has won the head-to-head competition every season. The Vikings won 13-6 in its inaugural season in 2012-13 before winning 14-15 in 2013-14, 11.5-7.5 in 2014-15 and 14.5-3.5 last season.

“The First Dakota National Bank Mayor’s Cup Challenge allows Augustana and USSF to showcase and promote our programs in head-to-head competition, academic achievement and community engagement,” Augustana director of athletics Slade Larscheid said. “On behalf of Viking athletics, I want to congratulate our student-athletes and coaches for another successful year and once again capturing the Mayor’s Cup. I would also like to thank our fans for supporting this partnership.”

The First Dakota National Bank Mayor’s Cup Challenge tracks head-to-head competition in 17 common, equally weighted sports with each victory earning points towards the overall series. The series also recognizes academic success and community engagement. In 2016-17, Augustana and USF collected new pairs of socks during competitions between the two schools. Augustana fans donated over 600 pairs of socks which were donated to Samaritan’s Feet, helping the Vikings earn a point in the community service portion of this year’s Mayor’s Cup Challenge.

By placing equal emphasis on all sports, the series helps to build community awareness for less publicized Olympic sports. The series focuses on the message that “Every Game Counts” and that the rivalry between the two schools is a year-long affair.

In 2016-17, Augustana won head-to-head competitions over USF in volleyball, soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s indoor track and field, women’s tennis, men’s golf, women’s golf, softball and women’s outdoor track and field. Augustana earned half a point in men’s basketball, women’s basketball and baseball as all three teams split the season series’.

Augustana will announce plans for a trophy presentation at a later date.

No. 20 Augustana volleyball defeats USF 3-1 to open 2016-17 Mayor’s Cup Rivalry

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Behind a raucous crowd of 1,000 strong, No. 20 Augustana volleyball (9-1, 2-0 NSIC) defeated the University of Sioux Falls (6-4, 0-2 NSIC) in four sets 25-20, 25-27, 25-20, 25-20.

The Vikings  began the match against the Cougars in a quick, 3-0 hole but found their rhythm and rattled off five quick points. After Augustana had built a five point lead, USF stormed back to make it 13-12 Augustana. Following a timeout the Vikings got back into their groove to extend their lead to five at 20-15. The Vikings held on for a set one 25-20 set one victory.

Augustana looked like it was feeding off their great first set as they jumped out to a 3-1 lead but it didn’t last long. USF tied the match at four before the Vikings eventually made it 12-8. Once again USF was able to cut into the Vikings lead and tie the match at 15. After USF took a 17-15 lead the set went back-and-forth. The Vikings were able to tie the set at 24 but USF would win the set 27-25.

In the third set Augustana got out to a 6-4 lead but USF didn’t go away. With the set tied at 12 USF earned two straight points but Augustana rallied to score seven of the next eight points and take a 19-15 advantage. USF was able to get within three at 21-18 but Augustana was too much earning a 25-20 set three win.

Augustana earned the first point in set four but found themselves in a three point hole at 7-4. The deficit didn’t phase Augustana as they battled to take a 12-10 lead. The Vikings then extended their lead to five but USF was able to cut it to one at 17-16. The Vikings didn’t allow USF to get any closer than one point the rest of the way, earning a 25-20 set four win.

Viking of the Game
Courtney Place was great for the Vikings Saturday night. Place ended the match with 12 kills on 30 attacks for a hitting percentage of .300. She added seven digs, five blocks and a service ace on the night.

Viking Notable
• Augustana improved to 9-1 on the season
• Two Vikings had double-digit kills: Ashley Wilson (13), Place (12)
• Augustana had a .333 hitting percentage compared to USF’s .124
•  Anna Sykora had 48 assists
• The Vikings had a season-high 14 blocks. Wilson had seven blocks
• 1,098 fans were in attendance Saturday. This was the first time Augustana has played in front of a crowd of over 1,000 since Oct. 14, 2014 against USF
• Augustana is now 23-13 all-time against USF
• With tonight’s win Augustana earns the first point of the 2016-17 Mayor’s Cup

Up Next
Augustana will be back at home Tuesday, Sept. 20 when they welcome No. 2 Wayne State for a midweek battle.

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