Volleyball dumps Drake for first win
DES MOINES, Iowa – The South Dakota State volleyball team snapped its season-opening skid on Saturday night with a 3-2 win over Drake in the final match of the Drake Invitational behind career nights from sophomore Wagner Larson and senior Lexi Fowler.
The Jackrabbits, who improve to 1-5, won by the set scores of 15-15, 24-26, 25-15, 23-25 and 15-9, behind 26 kills from Larson, who hit .500 in the match, with just two errors in 48 swings, thanks in large part to Fowler, who posted a triple-double with 12 kills, 48 assists and 14 digs, the first triple-double by an SDSU player since Amy Anderson posted 11 kills, 10 digs and 10 total blocks in a 3-set win over Western Illinois in the Summit League Tournament semifinals on Nov. 16, 2007.
"We made a lot of great defensive plays out there tonight, Lexi put our attackers in situations where we could be successful," head coach Phil McDaniel said. "I’m proud of the fight the team displayed tonight in a tough match."
In addition to Larson, who made the all-tournament team for the second straight weekend, the Jackrabbits got double-digit kills from Mikala Hora, who also finished with 13 kills and a season-high 20 digs for her first-career double-double, Emily Veldman added 11 kills and Tiara Gibson 10 in the win.
Capris Quaites and Shelby Daum led the Bulldogs with 12 kills each in the loss, with Quaites adding 19 digs to complete her double-double. Amanda Platte finished with 10 kills, while Sarah Madden tied with Palmer for match-high honors with 31 digs.
The Jackrabbits look to keep the wins coming on Friday, when they travel to Miami, Fla, for three matches at the FIU Invitational, starting with Jacksonville on Friday at 10 a.m. ET, followed by a match against the host Panthers at 7 p.m. ET., before closing the weekend against Tennessee-Chattanooga on Sunday at 10 a.m. ET.