Volleyball gives UNI a tough test on the road
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The South Dakota State volleyball gave perennial Missouri Valley power Northern Iowa a tough test on Tuesday in the Jackrabbits final non-conference match of the season before the host Panthers won the match by a 3-1 score.
"A much more focused group came out to play after that first set, and I was pleased to see us bounce back after the break and win the third set,” head coach Phil McDaniel said. “Now we need to close out sets in which we are controlling the pace of play. Now we turn our attention back to conference play, where we need to bring that effort and focus from the onset this weekend in front of our home crowd.”
After getting off to a slow start, the Jacks came back to force extra points in the final two sets before falling by the set scores of 11-25, 16-25, 27-25 and 24-26, which drops the Jackrabbits to 2-12 on the season. Northern Iowa improves to 10-5 with the win.
Wagner Larson led the Jackrabbit attack with 10 kills and added a pair of block assists. Kacey Herrmann finished with eight kills and added 15 digs, one of three Jackrabbits with at least 10 digs. Lizzie Palmer led the SDSU defense with 24 digs, while Alanna Pengilly added 10 in the loss.
Macy Ubben led five Panthers with double figures kills with 21 and added 12 digs to complete the double-double. Shelby Kintzel added 16 kills and Courtney Kintzel 11, while both Eryca Hingtgen and Leigh Pudwill both finished with 10 kills. Amie Held led the UNI defense with 28 digs, with Kinsey Caldwell adding 19 digs to go along with 53 sets assists to complete her double-double.
The Jackrabbits return to Summit League play on Friday, when they open the home portion of their schedule against league newcomer Denver at 7 p.m., and then host South Dakota on Saturday in Hobo Day action, also at 7 p.m.