The Jackrabbits snapped a pair of streaks last weekend with a Summit League weekend sweep of IUPUI and Western Illinois. First and foremost, the Jacks won both league games in a weekend for the first time in six straight league weekends, dating back to 2009. Second, the Jacks snapped their streak of playing four straight five set matches with the 3-0 win over Western Illinois on Saturday.
The week as a whole turned out well for SDSU, but started with a scary moment on Tuesday, when sophomore Kelli Fiegen suffered an injury warming up for the match against Drake. She sat out the match for precautionary reasons and the Jacks lost 3-2, but she returned to the lineup for the weekend, and led the team with 31 kills in the two wins, and did so with an impressive .464 hitting percentage.
Ellyce Youngren leads the Jackrabbit offense after 23 matches with 280 kills and with 27 service aces. Fiegen ranks second on the team with 255 kills, leads all hitters with a .371 hitting percentage, and easily leads the team and with 108 total blocks, 35 solo and 73 block assists. Thyele Rechatiko handles the setting duties for the Jackrabbits and leads the team with 12 double-doubles, while libero Shay Birath leads the Jackrabbit defense with 406 digs.
FIEGEN BREAKS FIVE SET RECORD - Middle blocker Kelli Fiegen broke the Jackrabbit record for hitting percentage in a five set match on Oct. 8, with 17 kills in 27 swings with just one error for an astounding .593 hitting percentage and led the Jacks to a 3-2 over Western Illinois in the process. Fiegen broke the old mark of .550 (12-1-20) set by Kim Bostrom vs. Harding (Ark.), on Aug. 31, 2002.
RABBITS ON THE RADIO - All Jackrabbit volleyball home matches can be heard on KJJQ 910 A.M., with Kolbe Nelson doing the play-by-play.
The pre-game show starts approximately 20 minutes before first serve.
THE JACKRABBIT EXTRA ON GoJacks.com - Subscribers to the Jackrabbit Extra on GoJacks.com can listen to all SDSU home volleyball matches and can watch every home match streaming live on the internet.
To subscribe to the Jackrabbit Extra, log onto GoJacks.com, select Jackrabbit Extra on the Audio/Video tab and click on "sign up"
THE JACKRABBIT INSIDER ON FOX - Fans of South Dakota State Athletics can get a weekly behind-the-scenes look at Jackrabbit sports teams by tuning into "The Jackrabbit Insider."
Hosted by Tyler Merriam, the show airs on Sunday on KTTW FOX 17 at 10:30 p.m., and can also be seen on Fox Sports North at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays.
THIS WEEK'S COMPETITION
Southern Utah Thunderbirds (11-10, 9-3 Summit) - The T-Birds dropped their only league match last weekend at home to UMKC, but the second-year program still enters this weekend's matches ranked third in the conference standings.
Analaine Palaez easily leads the SUU attack with 333 kills, and ranks second on the team with 264 digs. Caitlin Jensen leads the team with 321 digs, Brittney Clark handles the setting duties while Cashaana Renfro leads SUU with 59 total blocks.
The Series vs. Southern Utah - The Jackrabbits lead the all-time series 2-1. SDSU swept the season series in 2009, but lost earlier this season at home.
The first meeting vs. Southern Utah (9/11 in Frost Arena) - The Jackrabbits rallied from an 0-2 hole to force a fifth set, but eventually came up short in the deciding set to lose the match 3-2 on Sept. 11, in Frost Arena.
UMKC Kangaroos (8-16, 5-7 Summit) - The 'Roos, who play at North Dakota State on Friday, knocked Southern Utah out of the No. 2 spot in the league standings and stayed in the postseason hunt with a 3-2 win at SUU last weekend in their only league match.
Elizabeth Beck and Kelsey Knoche lead the 2010 Kangaroos, Beck with 243 kills, 206 digs, 15 service aces and 60 total blocks and Knoche with 232 kills, 281 digs, 24 service aces and 38 total blocks.
The first meeting vs. UMKC (9/10 in Frost Arena) - Kelli Fiegen hit .478 with 13 kills in leading the Jackrabbits to a home and Summit League opening 3-1 win over UMKC on Sept. 10, in front of a raucous 914 fans in Frost Arena.
The Series vs. UMKC - The Jackrabbits lead the all-time series 7-1, including wins in the first six meetings and a 5-1 mark in Summit League Play. The lone Kangaroo win came last season in Kansas City, when the 'Roos rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Jacks 3-2.
NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS - The Jackrabbits return for their final four matches of the regular season, starting with a non-conference meeting with South Dakota on Nov. 2, followed by a visit from North Dakota State on Saturday, Nov. 6.
The Jacks won the first meeting with the Coyotes, 3-1, at the Doublewood Inn Classic in Fargo, N.D., on Sept. 18, but fell to the host Bison in straight sets earlier that same day.