KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Just like they did last weekend, the
Jackrabbit followed a five set win with a three set win, as South Dakota State
downed UMKC 3-0 on Saturday to sweep the season series and keep its Summit
League Tournament hopes alive an kicking.
"We continue to play with passion and with a purpose," head
coach Nanabah Allison-Brewer said after the win. "Our passing improved
throughout the match, which enabled us to get our offensive production up,
which fired up the defense, leading us to a solid win. We're playing as a team
right now, and the players are really feeding off of each others success."
The Jackrabbits, who beat Southern Utah on Thursday 3-2,
improve to 13-12 overall and 9-6 in The Summit League by the set scores of
25-23, 25-19 and 25-16. UMKC falls to 8-18 overall and 5-9 in league play.
Ellyce Youngren led the Jacks to their fourth straight win
with 13 kills and hit .545 for the match (13-1-22). She also added 10 digs for
her ninth double-double of the season.
Kelli Fiegen hit .474 with 11 kills, two errors and 19
attacks in the win, and added a solo block and three block assists.
Thyele Rechatiko led the way for the SDSU hitters with 35
set assists and added 10 digs for her team-high 14th double-double of the
Demetria Williams led UMKC with nine kills. Nicole Kerkman
and Kelsey Knoche tied for team-high honors with 11 digs each.
The Jacks fell behind by as many as six points in the
opening set, but rattled off a 10-1 run to go up 17-14 and led the rest of the
way in the closest set of the night.
UMKC hung around until midway through the second set, when
the Jacks used an 8-1 run to go up 24-17, before eventually winning the set
The Kangaroos led early in the final set of the night, but
down 8-6, the Jacks went on a 7-1 run to take a 13-10 lead, and then put the
match away with a 5-0 run that ended with SDSU up 18-11.
The Jackrabbits return home for the remainder of the regular
season, starting on Tuesday, when the Jacks host South Dakota in Frost Arena at