Jacks fall in five to Bradley
All three matches in the Jackrabbit Invitational went five sets and all three teams won a match, but South Dakota State won the tournament on point differential, despite falling to Bradley on Saturday 3-2, by the set scores of 25-21, 29-25, 25-25, 25-13 and 12-15.
"We were not as focused tonight as we had been over the past few matches," head coach Phil McDaniel said. "Bradley played with more passion than we did in this match. It's time to refocus as we begin conference play next week."
The loss snaps the Jackrabbits five-match winning streak and drops them to 7-3 on the season heading into Summit League play. Bradley improves to 6-3, after falling in a five set match to Green Bay earlier in the day.
Tournament MVP Kaitlin Klingemann led the Jackrabbits with 15 kills in the losing cause. Kelli Fiegen, who made the all-tournament team, added 14 kills and seven total blocks, three solo and four block assists.
Shay Birath also made the all-tournament team, posting 19 digs in the finale and 50 overall for the weekend.
Four Braves finished the match with double figure kills, led by Jessie Tulacka with 16. All-Tournament team selection Alise Tupurtis added 14 kills and 20 digs, Amy Angelos 13 kills, while Allie Falter and Madelyn Ervin both finished with 11. Bradley setter Madison Kamp also made the all-tournament team, she finished with 63 assists and 14 digs.
Tied at 10-10 in the first set, the Jackrabbits used a 7-0 run to take control of the set, and held off a late charge to win the opening stanza 25-21.
Tied at 11-11 in the second set, Bradley rattled off a 5-0 run to take control and never led the jacks get closer than three points for the rest of the set, eventually winning it 25-19.
After a close start to the third set, Bradley started to score in bunches, and rolled to a 25-15 win. The Jacks quickly returned the favor in the fourth set and cruised to a 25-13 win, thus forcing the fifth and final set.
The Braves scored the first two points in the race to 15 points, led 8-4 when the teams switched ends of the court, and held off a late Jackrabbit rally to secure the 15-12 set win and the 3-2 match win.
The Jacks look to start a new winning streak on Friday, when they travel to Omaha to take on the Mavericks at 7 p.m. SDSU then returns home to for its Summit League home opener on Sunday, Sept. 16, against North Dakota State at 5 p.m.