MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Mackenzie Anger set a five-game record with 77 attacks and a career-high with 28 kills, but it did not add up to a win on Saturday, as South Dakota State dropped its second five-game match of the day, 3-2 to host Marquette in Milwaukee, Wis. Angner also pitched in with 15 digs to complete the double-double.
The Jackrabbits, who dropped a five-game heartbreaker earlier in the day to Maine, lost by the game scores of 30-26, 36-38, 24-30, 31-29 and 15-17.
South Dakota State falls to 25-10 with the loss, while Marquette ends its season with a 10-16 record.
SDSU’s all-time kills leader Kristina Martin finished the match with 16 kills and added 16 digs to complete the double-double. SDSU’s all-time and single-season block assists leader Amy Anderson added 15 kills and eight block assists in the loss.
The Jacks all-time and single-season digs leader Samantha Pearson padded both of those totals with a team-high 18 digs. Melia Iwamoto handled the setting duties, racking up 58 set assists on the night.
South Dakota State jumped out to an 8-4 lead in Game 1 and even though Marquette came back to force ties at 12 and 13-all, the Jacks never trailed on their way to the 30-26 win.
The Jacks and Golden Eagles played to 13 ties in Game 2, and each team had four chances to win the game, but Marquette capitalized on their final chance to win the marathon game 38-36.
That back-and-forth play continued into Game 3, with five lead changes and eight ties, the last tie at 22-all, before Marquette closed out the game on a 7-2 run to take a 2-games to one lead in the match.
The Jacks opened up a seven point lead at 17-10 in Game 4, only to see the Golden Eagles fight back to tie the game up at 28 and 29-all before the Jacks could finally close it out and force a fifth game.
The tight play rolled right into Game 5, a game that saw only three lead changes, but also saw nine ties.
The Jacks had match point at 14-13 and at 15-14 but could not close out the win. The Golden Eagles got one shot at match point at 16-15 and made it count.
The Jackrabbits, whose season continues next week at the NCAA Tournament, await word on who and where they play next.
The 2007 Summit League Champion South Dakota State volleyball team will gather at Cubby’s in downtown Brookings on Sunday to find out the answers to those questions.
The team plans on arriving at about 6 p.m., with the announcement to come on the NCAA Selection show on ESPNU at 7 p.m.
The Jackrabbit players and coaches invite their fans to join them as they watch SDSU history unfold live on television.