South Dakota State welcomes the Bradley Braves and the Green Bay Phoenix to Frost Arena this weekend for the Jackrabbit Invitational. This marks the third Jackrabbit Invitational in school history, but the first since the Jacks hosted, and beat, North Texas, Montana and Long Island on Sept. 7-8, 2007.
The Jackrabbits and Phoenix kick off the weekend on Friday at 7 p.m. Green Bay then takes on Bradley on Saturday at 1 p.m., before the tournament ends with the Jacks and Braves on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Winners of four in a row, the Jackrabbits enter the weekend on a hot streak after winning all three matches at the Gonzaga Tournament last weekend in Spokane, Wash., and adding a 3-0 sweep of North Dakota on Tuesday in the home opener.
Kelli Fiegen earned Summit League Defensive Player of the Week honors for her efforts at the Gonzaga Tournament, and then showcased her offensive prowess with 13 kills on 21 swings for a .619 hitting percentage and seven total blocks against North Dakota.
Kaitlin Klingemann earned all-tournament team honors over the weekend, and then posted 10 kills on 16 swings for an even .500 hitting percentage in the win over UND on Tuesday.
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FIEGEN NAMED DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - The Summit League named South Dakota State senior middle blocker Kelli Fiegen its defensive player of the week on Tuesday, after she led the Jackrabbits to a perfect 3-0 record at the Gonzaga Tournament over the weekend.
A four-time offensive player of the week selection, Fiegen earns her first career defensive player of the week award after leading the Jackrabbits to a Gonzaga Tournament crown with a 3-0 week, garnering tournament MVP honors in the process.
The Parkston, S.D., native opened the weekend with 11 blocks in a five-set win over Gonzaga, tallied five blocks in the win over Eastern Washington and seven in the victory over UC Riverside. For the week, Fiegen recorded 23 total blocks (20 block assists and 3 solo) and averaged 1.77 blocks per set. She leads the league in total blocks (35) and block assists (29) and ranks second in blocks per set (1.35).
FIEGEN CLIMBING ALL-TIME KILLS LADDER - Kelli Fiegen posted 21 kills at Southern Utah on Nov. 3, 2011 to become the 15th member of the SDSU 1,000-Kills Club and just the sixth member to reach the mark as a junior. Now a senior, Fiegen enters the weekend with 1,164 career kills, eight shy of passing former teammate Mackenzie Angner (1,171 kills from 2005-08) for 12th all-time at SDSU.
KLINGEMANN POISED TO REACH 1,000 KILL MILESTONE - Kaitlin Klingemann recorded 304 kills in 2011 as a junior, giving her 762 in her career and leaving her 238 kills shy of becoming the 16th member of the SDSU 1,000-Kills Club. She enters this weekend with 831 kills, 169 shy of reaching the milestone.
BIRATH CHASING ALL-TIME DIGS RECORD - Shay Birath became the 13th member of the SDSU 1,000-Digs Club, and just the fifth member of the club to reach the milestone as a junior, at Oakland on Sept. 24, 2011. Her team-high 138 digs this season gives her 1,491 for her career, 139 shy of moving into second all-time and an even 439 away from a new school record.
HERRMANN ON PACE TO JOIN 1,000-DIGS CLUB - After posting more than 300 digs in each of the last two seasons, senior Kelly Herrmann entered her senior season 254 digs shy of becoming the 14th member of the SDSU 1,000-Digs Club. She enters the weekend with 822 digs, 178 shy of the mark.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
Green Bay Phoenix (3-4, 0-0 Horizon) - Green Bay opened the season with a 1-2 mark at its own tournament, and then went 2-1 at the UND Classic last weekend, with a 3-2 win over Stephen F. Austin, a 3-0 loss to host North Dakota and a 3-0 sweep of South Dakota.
Sandwiched in between the two tournaments, the Phoenix dropped a 3-1 match at Northern Illinois on Aug. 28.
The Series vs. Green Bay - The Phoenix lead the all-time series 2-1, including a 3-1 win at the Green Bay Classic on Sept. 5, 2009 and a 3-2 win at the Iowa State Challenge on Sept. 5, 2010. The lone SDSU win in the series came in a 3-0 victory on Sept. 9, 2005 at the NDSU Classic in Fargo, N.D.
Bradley Braves (5-2, 0-0 Valley) - Bradley opened the season with five straight wins, including a tournament title at the North Carolina Central Invitational and a 2-1 mark at the Panther Invitational, hosted by Milwaukee last weekend.
Like the Jacks, the Braves opened their home schedule on Tuesday, but unlike the Jacks, they lost a 3-1 match to Saint Louis.
The Series vs. Bradley - First Meeting
NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS - SDSU begins Summit League play next weekend, starting with a match at Omaha on Friday at 7 p.m., followed by a home match against North Dakota State on Sunday at 5 p.m.