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Volleyball stumbles at Western Illinois

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 10/11/2013 21:26:26

MACOMB, Ill. – Freshman Tiara Gibson posted 10 kills and hit an impressive .769 with no errors in 13 attacks, but the team’s struggles continued on Friday night, as the Jackrabbits fell in three sets to Western Illinois, dropping the match by the set scores of 25-16, 25-16 and 25-21.

The Jacks eighth straight loss drops them to 2-15 on the season overall and to 0-4 in The Summit League, while the host Fighting Leathernecks improve to 8-11 overall and to 2-2 in league play.

The lone Jackrabbit with double figure kills, Gibson also added four block assists, as SDSU finished with an 8-2 advantage in total team blocks.

Alanna Pengilly paced the Jackrabbit defense with a career-high 16 digs. Lizzie Palmer added 13 digs, Mikala Hora 11 and Kacey Herrmann 10 digs in the loss.

Western’s Ann Miller led all players in the match and a trio of Leathernecks in double figures with 19 kills, adding 12 digs to complete the double-double. Samantha Fournier added 13 kills and 15 digs for a double-double of her own and Heather Smith 11 kills.

Leatherneck setter Sarah Fetter also posted a double-double with 44 set assists and 11 digs.

The Jackrabbits look to snap their skid on Sunday, when they travel to Omaha to take on the Maveraicks at 2 p.m.

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