Jacks let 2-0 lead slip away in loss to IPFW
South Dakota State took the first two sets from IPFW on Saturday, and played to one match point in the fourth set and three more match points in the fifth set, but the Mastodons capitalized on their second match point in the fifth set to win the match 3-2 in front of 584 fans in Frost Arena.
"Defensive intensity and focus was a major contributor to our success tonight, and I think our ability to control the play at the near early on in the match set the tone," head coach Phil McDaniel said. "Our ability to attack the middle with speed was key for us tonight, but in the end, we lost to a very solid IPFW team."
The Jackrabbits lost by the set scores of 25-21, 25-23, 21-25, 25-27, and 17-19 to fall to 12-14 on the season overall and 4-9 in The Summit League. The Mastodons improve to 16-7 overall and 9-3 in league play.
Kelli Fiegen tied a career-high with 22 kills, leaving her just 37 away from reaching the 1,000-kill milestone. Kaitlin Klingemann added 16 kills and five block assists, while Kelly Herrmann and Kelsey Hansen both finished with 10 kills. Herrmann also added 19 digs for her second consecutive double-double and fifth of the season.
Emily Spencer led IPFW with a match-high 23 kills and added 22 digs. Megan Wiler finished with 21 digs, Jessie Manwaring 15 and Alli Hook 14 kills in the win. Tessa McGill led the 'Dons defense with a match-high 34 digs.
Still mathematically alive for a Summit League Tournament bid, the Jackrabbits need some help, and a win, when they return to action on Saturday at North Dakota State to keep those hopes alive. The Jacks and Bison start at 7 p.m.