FORT WAYNE, Ind. – South Dakota State senior Samantha Pearson passed Liz Archer (1,615 digs from 1998, 2000-02) for the SDSU all-time digs record, but the Jackrabbits faltered on defense and dropped a 3-2 contest to IPFW on Friday by the game scores of 30-23, 13-30, 30-26, 16-30 and 12-15.
The loss ends the Jacks six-match Summit League winning streak and ends their five-game match win streak at six.
Along with Pearson’s record, the Jackrabbits recorded 14.5 total blocks as a team. SDSU’s all-time block assists leader Amy Anderson led the block party with seven block assists, boosting her career best total to 358, she also led the Jacks with 15 kills in 24 attempts with just three errors for a .393 hitting percentage.
Anderson’s 15 kills gives her 987 for her career, leaving her just 13 shy of becoming the 12th member of the SDSU 1,000 kills club.
Emily Rooney added four block assists and followed-up her record breaking hitting percentage total of .812 on Wednesday with an impressive .417 hitting percentage on 13 kills in 24 attempts with three.
Rooney is hitting .402 on the season, on pace to break the SDSU single-season record of .381, set by Kim Bostrom in 2004.
Kristina Martin added 12 kills in the match, boosting her career total to 1,511, pushing her past Wendy Windschitl (1,510 kills from 1985-87) into third place on the SDSU career list.
The difference in Friday’s match came on receptions errors, the Jackrabbits committed 16, compared to three by the Mastodons, and even though SDSU held IPFW to a team hitting percentage of .222 (66-26-180), the Jacks only hit .209 (54-20-163).
It took the Jacks until Game 3 to get a lead on Wednesday at Xavier, and just one serve to get it on Friday, and even though the ‘Dons came back to tie the game at 1, 2, 3, and 4, the Jacks broke the 4-4 tie with a 4-0 run and never trailed again in Game 1, winning it 30-23.
Momentum quickly shifted in Game 2, as IPFW took an early lead and ran off to a 30-13 win, including an 8-0 run to end the game.
It took a while before SDSU could eventually take back the momentum in Game 3, and after ten ties, the teams stood deadlocked at 15 all.
An Anderson kill broke the tie, and gave the Jacks a 16-15 lead, and even though IPFW would get back to within one point three more times, the Jacks never gave up the lead, winning Game 3 by the score of 30-26.
Unfortunately though, Game 4 went much like Game 2, as the Mastodons rolled to a 30-16 win, forcing a fifth and deciding game.
The Jacks jumped out to a 6-4 lead in Game 5, but allowed IPFW to go on a 5-0 run, which gave the ‘Dons a 9-6 lead, which prompted a timeout from the SDSU bench.
Following the timeout, the Jacks scored the next three points to get back in the game with a 9-9 tie.
IPFW answered with a 3-0 run of their own, and outscored the Jacks 6-3 down the stretch to secure the Game 5 win a the 3-2 match win.
The loss drops the Jacks to 15-5 on the season, 6-1 in The Summit League and 0-2 on the current road trip, heading into Sunday’s match at Missouri State.
First serve from the Hammons Student Center in Springfield, Mo., is scheduled for 2 p.m.