IPFW bounces Jacks out of the tournament
FARGO, N.D. - The South Dakota State volleyball team quickly learned why IPFW earned the No. 1 seed at The Summit League Tournament, as the defending tournament champion Mastodons shut down player of the year Kelli Fiegen in a 3-0 sweep in the tournament semifinals.
The Mastodons won all three sets by the same 25-22 score to improve to 21-10. The Jacks season ends with a 16-14 record.
IPFW held Fiegen to just four kills on 19 swings with six errors for a season-low -.105 hitting percentage and got 16 kills from Mayara Schlindwein in the win, which give the 'Dons a chance to defend their tournament title on Saturday against the winner of the No. 2 North Dakota State vs. No. 3 Southern Utah match.
"I think that nerves got to us and we tried to play a little bit too perfect and with us getting back to the tournament for the first time in three years, the first time for these girls, I think they tried to play too hard," SDSU head coach Nanabah Allison-Brewer said after the match. "They did a great job of finding Kelli Fiegen and taking her out of our game and we just weren't able to counter."
The Jacks hung with the 'Dons in each of the three sets, but the experienced Mastodon found a way to close out each set after late Jackrabbit runs.