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Pre-conference season ends in the Southwest

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 09/17/2013 11:11:18

The South Dakota State volleyball team dropped its first two matches last weekend at the FIU Invitational, falling to Jacksonville and the host Panthers by the same 3-0 score, but bounced back with a 3-0 sweep of Tennessee-Chattanooga in the tournament finale on Sunday.

The Jackrabbits look to build on that win this weekend, when they close the pre-conference season at the UTEP/New Mexico Sate Invitational, with matches against Hampton and at UTEP on Friday in El Paso, Texas, followed by a single match at New Mexico State up the road in Las Cruces, N.M., on Saturday.

The Jacks and Lady Pirates get things started on Friday at 11 a.m. MT, before squaring off against the Miners on Friday night at 7 p.m. MT. SDSU closes the tournament on Saturday against the Aggies at 2 p.m. MT.

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FOWLER CLIMBS CAREER SET ASSISTS CHARTS – Senior setter Lexi Fowler started her senior season ranked ninth all-time at SDSU with 1,897 career set assists, but moved up one spot to eighth, and enters the weekend with 2,125 for her career, 422 shy of passing Melia Iwamoto (2,546 set assists from 2007-08) for seventh on the all-time list.

FOWLER RECORDS A TRIPLE-DOUBLE – Senior setter Lexi Fowler posted her first-career triple-double in a 3-2 win at Drake on Sept. 7, with 12 kills, 48 set assists and 14 digs. Fowler becomes the first Jackrabbit to score a triple-double since Amy Anderson accomplished the feat in a 3-0 win over Western Illinois at The Summit League Championships on Nov. 16, 2007, when she finished with 11 kills, 10 digs and 10 total blocks. 

THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS

Hampton Lady Pirates (4-5, 0-0 MEAC) – Hampton enters the weekend riding a four match losing streak after dropping its final match at the Boston College Invitational on Sept. 8, to the host Eagles and after falling in all three matches at the Morehead State Eagle Challenge.

The Lady Pirates opened last weekend’s tournament with a 3-1 loss to Campbell on Friday, followed by a 3-1 loss to Morehead State and a 3-2 loss to West Virginia on Saturday.

The Series vs. Hampton – First Meeting

UTEP Miners (4-5, 0-0 CUSA) – After dropping its first three matches under first year head coach Holly Watts at the season-opening Rainbow Wahine Invitational in Honolulu, UTEP went 2-1 at its own invitational, with wins over Southern, Oral Roberts and Texas Southern, and then went 2-1 last weekend at a tournament hosted by Rhode Island.

The Miners opened the weekend with a 3-0 sweep of Hartford on Friday, and then fell by the same 3-0 score to host Rhode Island. They rebounded with a 3-0 win over UMass-Lowell on Saturday.

The Series vs. UTEP – The Jackrabbits lead the all-time series 1-0, with a 3-2 win on Sept. 8, 2004, in El Paso.  

The Last Meeting: Sept. 8, 2004; El Paso, Texas – The Jackrabbits and Miners traded wins in the five set thriller, with SDSU winning the first, third and fifth sets to secure the 3-2 win at UTEP by the final set scores of 30-20, 25-30, 33-31, 28-30 and 15-12.

Kim Bostrom led the Jackrabbits with 24 kills, and hit an impressive .513 with only four errors in 39 swings. She also addded seven block assists. Minette Ridenour posted one of two double-doubles for the Jacks with 23 kills and 20 digs. Setter Stephanie Behm posted the other with 51 set assists and 12 digs.

Kari Stacy led four Miners in double figures with 22 kills. Heather Brisnahan added 14, Megan Maynard 12 and Christie Murphy 11 kills in the loss.   

New Mexico State Aggies (3-6, 0-0 WAC) – The Aggies opened the 2013 campaign with a 3-0 win over Nevada at the California Golden Bears Tournament, but lost their next five matches, including all three at the Rainbow Wahine Tournament, only to rebound with a 2-1 mark last weekend at their own tournament.

NMSU opened its home tournament with a 3-1 win over Southern Utah and a 3-1 loss to Arkansas-Little Rock on Friday and then beat Northern Illinois 3-1 on Saturday.

The Aggies host Utah on Thursday as a warm up for the weekend, when they host both Hampton and SDSU.

The Series vs. New Mexico State – The Aggies lead the all-time series 2-0, both by the same 3-0 score. NMSU won the first meeting on Sept. 11, 2004 at the New Mexico State Invitational and won the second meeting on Sept. 15, 2006 at the Jackrabbit Invitational in Brookings.

The Last Meeting: Sept. 15, 2006; Frost Arena – New Mexico State used a balanced and potent offensive attack to sweep South Dakota State Friday night during action at the Jackrabbit Invitational at Frost Arena.

The Aggies, who received votes in the most recent CSTV/AVCA Division I poll, won by scores of 30-9, 30-16 and 30-25 to improve to 13-0. SDSU dropped to 7-4 overall.

New Mexico State hit .405 for the match, including .692 (18 kills, 0 errors in 26 attempts) in the Game 1 victory. The Aggies received 12 kills each from Kim Oguh, Tanya Allen and Amber Simpson, while Alice Borden chipped in with 10 kills. Setter Jackie Choi tallied 44 set assists.

Amy Anderson was the lone SDSU player in double figures for kills with 11. Kristina Martin added eight kills and a team-high 11 digs. A junior from Hubertus, Wis., Martin upped her career kill total to 968 in her quest to become the 11th player in Jackrabbit history to reach 1,000 kills for a career.

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS – SDSU opens Summit League play next week at North Dakota State on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m., and then returns to the road for a single match at Northern Iowa on Tuesday, Oct. 1, before opening its home schedule on Hobo Day weekend on Oct. 4-5. 

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