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Jackrabbits home for Hobo Day Weekend

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 10/04/2013 11:46:13
After playing the first 14 matches of the 2013 season away from Frost Arena, the SDSU volleyball team returns home for Hobo Day Weekend to host Denver on Friday and South Dakota Saturday, Hobo Day. Both matches begin at 7 p..m. 

A preseason injury to junior outside hitter Margit Hansing left the already young Jackrabbits even younger and left senior Lexi Fowler at the lone upperclassman on the team.

The Jackrabbits open the home schedule Saturday after playing their final non-conference match of the season on Tuesday at Northern Iowa. 

The Last Time Out; at Northern Iowa; Oct. 1 – FARGO, N.D. – 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.

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THE JACKRABBIT INSIDER ON KELOLAND-TV – 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.”

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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 match with 2,252 for her career, 295 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 WEEKS OPPONENTS

Denver Pioneers (8-7, 2-0 Summit) – Picked to finish third in its first season in The Summit League behind preseason co-favorites IUPUI and Fort Wayne, Denver opened Summit League play at home last weekend with a 3-1 win over the Jaguars and a 3-0 sweep of the Mastodons.

Colleen King leads the Pioneer offense with 188 kills, followed by Moni Corrujedo with 168 and Nola Basey with 131. King also ranks third on the team in total blocks with 61.

Kate Acker leads the Denver defense with 234 digs, followed by Corrujedo with 149.

The Series vs. Denver – The Jackrabbits lead the all-time series with Denver 2-0, which includes a 3-0 sweep at the Tiger Tournament in Hayes, Kan., on Sept. 8, 1989, and a 3-0 sweep eight days later at the Briar Cliff Invitational in Sioux City, Iowa.

South Dakota Coyotes (11-6, 2-0 Summit) – Picked to finish fourth in The Summit League behind preseason co-favorites IUPUI and Fort Wayne and behind Denver, The Coyotes, who played at North Dakota State on Friday, opened league play last weekend at home with a 3-0 sweep of Fort Wayne and a 3-2 win over IUPUI, when they came back from a 2-1 deficit to win the final two sets.

Kendall Kritenbrink leads the Coyote offense with 271 kills, followed by Sydney Dimke with 141 and Kelsey Biltoft with 100.

Audrey Reeg leads the USD defense with 193 digs, with Kaitlyn Hastings not far behind with 170 and Kritenbrink coming third on the team with 149 digs.

The Series vs. South Dakota – The Jackrabbits lead the all-time series 53-11, but dropped each of the last five matches, with the Coyotes sweeping the season series in both 2011 and 2012.

The Last Meeting: Nov. 2, 2012; Vermillion, S.D. – South Dakota State struggled on the attack, lost the blocking battle 8-4 and eventually lost the match 3-0 at South Dakota by the set scores of 15-14, 25-18 and 25-15.

Kelly Herrmann led the Jackrabbit offense with 10 kills and hit .391 in the match with just one error in 23 attacks. She also added 12 digs for her seventh double-double of the season. Margit Hansing also finished with 12 digs to go along with her eight kills. 

Shay Birath finished with 15 digs in the loss, which leaves her 13 digs shy of breaking the SDSU career digs record of 1,929.

Kendall Kritenbrink led all players with 16 kills in the win. Riley Haug led the Coyotes defense with 17 digs. 

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS – SDSU returns to the road next week for Summit League matches at Western Illinois on Friday 7 p.m. and at Omaha on Sunday at 2 p.m. 

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