Mackenzie Angner reached the 1,000-kill mark for her career and the South Dakota State University volleyball team overcame a 12-7 deficit in the decisive fifth set to pull out a 3-2 victory over Drake University (Iowa) Monday night at Frost Arena.
The Jackrabbits won their sixth match in a row, winning by scores of 25-19, 16-25, 20-25, 25-22 and 16-14 to improve to 7-12 overall. Drake dropped to 9-13, spoiling a homecoming for Bulldog head coach Phil McDaniel, who served as an assistant at SDSU from 2005-07.
Angner, a senior from Cincinnati, Ohio, entered the match needing eight kills to reach 1,000 and reached the milestone in the first set. She tallied 10 kills in the first set alone en route to 27 for the match, while also setting a Jackrabbit record in the rally-scoring era with 86 attempts. Angner, who earlier in the day was named Summit League Offensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week, completed her 15th double-double of the season with 16 digs.
Leading 12-7 in the fifth set, Drake committed a service error and two consecutive hitting errors to allow the Jackrabbits back to 12-10. The Bulldogs led 13-10 before Ashley Kathol, Ellyce Youngren and Angner notched kills on successive points to draw SDSU even. Stacey Wernert’s service ace forced match point at 14-13, but Drake tied the match at 14-all. Two more kills by Angner sealed the victory for the Jackrabbits, who improved to 2-1 in five-set matches this season.
Also reaching double figures in kills for the Jackrabbits were freshman middle blockers Youngren with 15 and Kelli Fiegen with 10.
Melia Iwamoto also posted a double-double with 57 set assists and 13 digs, while adding a team-high three service aces.
Wernert paced the Jackrabbits defensively with a career-high 25 digs. Rachel Dahl added 15 digs and Justine Olsen chipped in with 15.
Drake was led on the offensive end by Angela Bys with 18 kills. Michelle Reidy and Alisa DeBerg Roth each added 10 kills.
Chelsea Lauersdorf was credited with 42 assists. Alana Wittenburg turned in a match-high 27 digs and Emily Madden added 17. Lindsay Schryver contributed 10 digs.
Hitting percentage was nearly even as Drake held a slim .183 to .179 advantage. The Bulldogs forced SDSU into eight more hitting errors, out-blocking the Jackrabbits, 13.5-4.
SDSU returns to Summit League action Thursday at Oral Roberts. First serve is set for 7 p.m. in Tulsa, Okla. The Jackrabbits’ next home match is Saturday, hosting league-leading North Dakota State at 7 p.m. inside Frost Arena.