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Jacks drop finale in Fargo, 3-1

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 11/09/2012 21:48:50
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FARGO, N.D. - The South Dakota State volleyball team needed a win at North Dakota State on Friday to secure a spot in next weekend's Summit League Tournament, but a 3-1 loss on Friday in Fargo put those hopes in jeopardy.

The Jackrabbits, who end the regular season with a 16-13 record overall and an even 8-8 mark in The Summit League, now need both Oakland and South Dakota to lose on Saturday to secure the final spot in the tournament.

"We struggled tonight with finding a sense of urgency at different points in the match," head coach Phil McDaniel said. "Unfortunately we played ourselves into a situation where all we can do now is wait."

The defending Summit League champion Bison, who won by the set scores of 24-26, 25-22, 27-25 and 25-21, finish their season with a 12-16 record overall and the same 8-8 mark in league play.

Kelli Fiegen returned to the Jackrabbit lineup after missing the last three matches with an injury to lead the Jacks with 16 kills in the loss. Kaitlin Klingemann and Bailey Philippot both finished with 12 kills. Klingemann also added six block assists.

Shay Birath led the Jackrabbit defense with 29 digs. Kelly Herrmann added 20 digs to go along with her seven kills.

Lexi Fowler posted 25 assists and 11 digs for her team-high 11th double-double of the season.

Megan Lambertson and Jenni Fassbender both finished with 18 kills to lead the Bison. Lambertson added six total blocks, one solo and five block assists, in the win.

If the breaks go their way, the Jackrabbits would return to action on Friday in the semifinal round of The Summit League Tournament against either Fort Wayne or IUPUI, which secured the top two spots in the tournament.

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