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Volleyball opens league play Friday

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 09/12/2012 16:29:08
The pre-conference season came to an end last weekend for the South Dakota State volleyball team with the Jackrabbit Invitational, now the Jacks turn their attention towards The Summit League schedule, which begins on Friday at Omaha, and continues at home on Sunday against North Dakota State.

The Jackrabbits and Mavericks, playing in their first-ever Summit League match, get started at 7 p.m., while the Jacks and two-time defending conference tournament champion Bison get going on Sunday at 5 p.m.

South Dakota State returns to the road after playing its last three matches at home, which includes a 3-0 sweep of North Dakota and a split at the Jackrabbit Invitational, with a 3-2 win over Green Bay and a 3-2 loss to Bradley.

The Jacks fell into an 0-2 hole against the Phoenix on Friday in the tournament opener, but bounced back to win the final three sets to secure their fifth straight win.

Green Bay then took on Bradley on Saturday afternoon and got a bit of revenge, erasing a 2-0 deficit to come back and beat Bradley 3-2.

No team fell into an 0-2 hole in the final match between the Jacks and Braves, but the match did go five sets and ended with a Bradley win, giving each team a 1-1 record on the weekend.

The Jackrabbits won their own Invitational based on point differential, with Kaitlin Klingemann earning tournament MVP honors, with Kelli Fiegen and Shay Birath both taking home all-tournament team honors.

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THE JACKRABBIT INSIDER ON FOX - Fans of South Dakota State Athletics can get a weekly behind-the-scenes look at all 21 Jackrabbit varsity sports teams by tuning into "The Jackrabbit Insider."

Hosted by Tyler Merriam, the show airs on Sundays on KTTW FOX 17 at 10:30 p.m., and can also be seen on Fox Sports North at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays.

CUBBY'S FEED THE FANS SET FOR SUNDAY - Prior to the match against North Dakota State on Sunday, Jackrabbit volleyball fans can get some free food at Frost Arena, compliments of Cubby's Sports Bar in Grill.

KLINGEMANN NAMED OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - The Summit League named South Dakota State middle blocker Kaitlin Klingemann as its offensive player of the week, after the senior lead the Jackrabbits to a 2-1 overall record and a Jackrabbit Invitational title.

Klingemann captures her first player of the week award after being named the Jackrabbit Invitational MVP and leading the Jacks to their second-straight non-league tournament crown. The Omaha, Neb., native opened the week hitting at a .500 clip with 10 kills in a sweep of North Dakota. She then went on to tally 18 kills and a .366 hitting percentage in a five-set win over Green Bay and 15 kills and a .414 hitting percentage against Bradley.

FIEGEN CLIMBING ALL-TIME KILLS LADDER - Kelli Fiegen posted 21 kills at Southern Utah on Nov. 3, 2011 to become the 15th member of the SDSU 1,000-Kills Club and just the sixth member to reach the mark as a junior. Now a senior, Fiegen enters the weekend with 1,192 career kills, just four shy of passing Amy Anderson (1,195 kills form 2004-07) for 11th on the all-time list, and just 14 shy of cracking the career top-10.

KLINGEMANN POISED TO REACH 1,000 KILL MILESTONE - Kaitlin Klingemann recorded 304 kills in 2011 as a junior, giving her 762 in her career and leaving her 238 kills shy of becoming the 16th member of the SDSU 1,000-Kills Club. She enters this weekend with 864 kills, 136 shy of reaching the milestone.

BIRATH CHASING ALL-TIME DIGS RECORD - Shay Birath became the 13th member of the SDSU 1,000-Digs Club, and just the fifth member of the club to reach the milestone as a junior, at Oakland on Sept. 24, 2011. Her team-high 188 digs this season gives her 1,541 for her career, 74 shy of moving into second all-time and 389 away from a new school record.

HERRMANN ON PACE TO JOIN 1,000-DIGS CLUB - After posting more than 300 digs in each of the last two seasons, senior Kelly Herrmann entered her senior season 254 digs shy of becoming the 14th member of the SDSU 1,000-Digs Club. She enters the weekend with 859 digs, 141 shy of the mark. 

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS

Omaha Mavericks (5-5, 0-0 Summit) - Picked to finish ninth in The Summit League preseason poll, the Mavericks opened their first season as members of the league with three straight wins and a tournament title at the Kristen Dickmann Invitational, hosted by Navy.

Three straight losses followed at the Kansas Volleyball Invitational, but the Mavs rebounded with a 3-0 sweep of Syracuse in their home opener on Sept. 4.

UNO went 1-2 last weekend at the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Tournament in Springfield, Mo., with losses to Northern Illinois and Connecticut, before closing the weekend with a win over New Orleans.

Friday's match marks the first-ever Summit League match for Omaha, a former Jackrabbit foe in the North Central Conference.

The Series vs. Omaha - The Mavericks lead the all-time series 34-15, but once led the series 34-5, as the Jackrabbits won each of the last 10 meetings. UNO's last win over SDSU came in a 3-2 match on Nov. 13, 1999 in Omaha.

North Dakota State Bison (3-7, 0-0 Summit) - The preseason favorite to win The Summit League title and the two-time defending league tournament champion Bison, who play at Omaha on Saturday, dropped five of their first six matches of the season, including all three at the Northern Illinois Invitational and two of three at the Northern Colorado Classic. They did win two of three at the Wisconsin Invitational before falling at Minnesota on Monday in Minneapolis.

The Series vs. North Dakota State - The Bison lead the all-time series 65-18, with wins in 10 of the last 12 meetings. The two SDSU wins in that streak came in a 3-2 win on Sept. 16, 2007 at Frost Arena, and a 3-1 win on Nov. 6, 2010, also at Frost Arena.

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS - SDSU remains at home next weekend for Summit League matches against IUPUI on Friday and Western Illinois on Saturday. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. 

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