South Dakota State got off to a bit of a slow start in
its Summit League opener on Friday against IUPUI, but an Ellyce Youngren kill
not only ended the third set for a 25-21 Jackrabbit win, but it also rallied
her team and put her in elite company as the 14th member of the SDSU
1,000-Kills Club. The Jacks rolled from there, winning the fourth set 25-21 and
the fifth set 15-6 to improve to 9-4 overall and 1-0 in Summit League play.
IUPUI falls to 5-7 overall and 0-1 in league play.
"We came out a little sluggish tonight and IUPUI really jumped on us early," head coach Phil McDaniel said after the come-from-behind win. "Once we were able to gain control of the pace of play we were able to control the net and put ourselves in better attacking situations."
A senior from Brookings, Youngren entered the match seven kills shy of the milestone and finished with 10, putting her career total at 1,003.
"It's really exciting, and a huge milestone that, when I came to SDSU, I never thought I would accomplish," Youngren said. "It's an honor to join the club, but there's no way I could've done it without all of my teammates."
Kaitlin Klingemann led the Jacks with 17 kills, Kelli Fiegen added 15, while Youngren and Kelly Herrmann both finished with 10. Herrmann added 20 digs for her fourth career double-double. Lexi Fowler finished the match with a career-high 53 set assists and added 11 digs for her second career double-double. Shay Birath led the defense with 28 digs.
Bethan Fogler led IUPUI with 17 kills, Kelsey Hoefer added 11 kills in the loss, while Shari Bernhardt finished with a match-high 29 digs.
Things looked good for the Jackrabbit early, as they opened up a 16-10 lead in the first set, only to see it vanish in an 9-1 IUPUI run that ended with the Jaguars up 19-17. SDSU would tie it at 19-all, but the Jags scored three in a row and never looked back in the 25-21 first set win.
The second set saw 13 tie scores and only four lead changes, with the Jacks mostly playing from behind. The last tie came at 21-21, but the Jags broke it with three straight points and then hung on for the 25-23 win to go up 2-0 in the match.
Facing a 3-0 sweep, SDSU scored in bunches in the third set, using runs of 6-1 and 7-1 to pull away late. The set ended with the Jacks on a 4-0 run, capped by Youngren's milestone kill.
Trailing 13-11 in the fourth set, Emily Palmer started an 8-0 SDSU run with two straight service aces that ended with the Jacks up 19-13. The momentum firmly in their control, the Jacks rolled from there to a 25-21 win.
The Jacks started the fifth set with a 4-0 run and completed the comeback with a 7-0 run, leaving little doubt of the outcome in the 15-6 win.