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Rabbits return to the road at WIU and Omaha

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 10/09/2013 10:07:22

South Dakota State finally opened the home court this season last weekend with a pair of home matches, but the outcomes didn’t fare well for the Jackrabbits against the two top teams in The Summit League, as the Jacks dropped a 3-0 match to Denver on Friday and a 3-1 contest to South Dakota on Saturday. 

SDSU looks to turn that around this weekend, with matches at Western Illinois on Friday and at Omaha on Sunday. The Jacks and Fighting Leathernecks square off at 7 p.m., while the Jacks and Mavericks get going on Sunday at 2 p.m.

The Last Time Out; vs. South Dakota; Oct. 5 – The South Dakota State volleyball team came out hot on Hobo Day against South Dakota in the South Dakota Corn Showdown Series on Saturday at Frost Arena, winning the first set 25-22, but the Coyotes came firing back to win the next three sets in order by the set scores of 25-15-25-20 and 25-18 to secure the 3-1 win.

Kacey Herrmann and Mikala Hora combined 15 kills in the match; nine from Herrmann and six from Hora. Herrmann also added 11 digs and Hora a trio of blocks, two block assists and one solo block.

Tiara Gibson tied a career-high in leading the Jackrabbits with 10 kills, while Wagner Larson joined Herrmann with nine kills.

Lexi Fowler tallied her second double-double of the season with 37 set assists and with 12 digs, both of which led the Jacks in the loss.

USD’s Kendall Kritenbrink led all players and three Coyotes in double figures with 21 kills, adding 12 digs to complete the match’s only other double-double. Sydney Dimke added 13 kills and Kelsey Biltoft 11 kills in the win. Kaitlyn Hastings led all players with 14 digs in the match.

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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 2,317 for her career, 230 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. 


Western Illinois Fighting Leathernecks (7-11, 1-2 Summit) – Picked to finish seventh in The Summit League preseason poll, the Leathernecks opened league play with a 3-0 sweep of Omaha, the only team picked to finish behind them in the poll, and then dropped matches last week at preseason co-favorites IUPUI and Fort Wayne. The Jaguars won Friday’s match 3-0 in Indianapolis, while the Mastodons hung on for a 3-2 win on Saturday in Fort Wayne.

The Series vs. Western Illinois – The Jackrabbits lead the all-time series 11-2, including a season sweep in 2012, when the Jacks won 3-1 at home on Sept. 22 and 3-1 on Oct. 19 in Macomb, Ill.

The Last Meeting: Oct. 19, 2013; Macomb, Ill. – Kelly Herrmann reached the 1,000 dig milestone, Kaitlin Klingemann reached the 1,000 kill milestone and the Jackrabbits gutted out a 35-33 win in the fourth set to give South Dakota State a 3-1 win over Western Illinois.

The Fighting Leathernecks won the first set 25-22, but the Jackrabbits won the next two sets by the scores of 25-22 and 25-20 before the final set marathon.

Kelli Fiegen and Margit Hansing both finished with 15 kills to lead the Jacks. Fiegen added nine total blocks, four solo and five assist in the win, while Hansing added 21 digs for her fifth double-double of the season.

Klingemann, who became the 16th member of the SDSU 1,000-Kills Club, finished with 14 kills and a solo block. Herrmann finished with 12 each in kills and digs after entering the match one dig shy of becoming the 14th member of the SDSU 1,000-Digs Club. Hermann's double-double marks her fourth of the season and 14th of her career.

Shay Birath led the Jackrabbit defense with 26 digs, which leaves her 105 digs shy of the SDSU career digs record of 1,929.

Western Illinois' Samantha Fournier led all players in the match with 28 kills. Ann Miller and Katie Hosteng both added 13 and Heather Smith 12 kills in the loss. Miller added 14 digs to complete the double-double. 

Omaha Mavericks (5-13, 0-3 Summit) – The Mavericks opened Summit League play at home with a 3-0 loss to Western Illinois, and then went on the road last week for matches at IUPUI and Fort Wayne. The Mavs took the second set from the Mastodons on Friday and missed forcing a fifth set by dropping the fourth set by a 26-24 score.

The Jaguars made quick work of Omaha on Saturday in Indianapolis, winning the match in three sets. 

The Series vs. Omaha – The Mavericks lead the all-time series 34-17, but SDSU came out victorious in each of the last 12 meetings, starting with a 3-0 sweep on Sept. 29, 2000 in Omaha and running through a season sweep last season. The last Maverick win in the series came in a five set affair on Nov. 13, 1999 in Omaha. 

The Last Meeting: Oct. 16, 2012; Frost Arena – Already on pace to set the all-time digs record at South Dakota State, Jackrabbit senior libero Shay Birath recorded 32 digs in a 3-1 win over Omaha, which sets a new SDSU 4-set record.

As for the rest of the match, the Jackrabbits came out cold, and dropped the first set 25-17, but bounced back in a big way to win the final three sets 25-21, 25-10 and 25-16, and the match 3-1 in front of 483 fans on dig pink night at Frost Arena.

Kelli Fiegen led a trio of Jackrabbits with double figure kills with a match-high 15, adding three block assists and a solo block. Kaitlin Klingemann finished with 11 kills and four block assists, while Kelly Herrmann tallied one of two SDSU double-doubles in the match with 10 kills and 11 digs, one dig shy of reaching the 1,000 dig milestone.

Lexi Fowler recorded the other double-double with 27 set assists and 11 digs. Birath's record-breaking 32 digs led all players, and breaks the record of 30, set by Samantha Pearson against Montana on Sept. 8, 2007. Birath already holds the school's 3-set record, also with 32 digs.

Valerie Hecht led the Maverick offense with 11 kills, while Amy Roberts led the defense with 31 digs. Bailey Baxter led the team with 22 set assists and added 12 digs to complete the double-double. 

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS – SDSU comes home again next weekend to host preseason co-favorites IUPUI and Fort Wayne on Oct. 18 and 19. The Jacks and Jaguars kick off the weekend on Friday, while the Jacks and Mastodons play on Saturday. Both matches begin at 7 p.m.

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