Pioneers spoil volleyball home opener
After playing their first 14 matches on the road, the South Dakota State volleyball team played at home for the first time on Friday night, but came up on the short end of a 3-0 match with Denver, falling by the set scores of 25-18, 25-23 and 25-18.
“I thought the crowd was fantastic tonight for our home opener, I wish we would have fed off their energy a little more from the start,” head coach Phil McDaniel said. “Tonight we didn’t keep the pressure on Denver, which allowed them to stay in system most of the night, and we made too many errors at key points in the match.”
The loss drops the Jackrabbits to 2-13 on the season overall and to 0-2 in The Summit League, while the Pioneers improve to 9-7 overall and to 3-0 in the league.
Wagner Larson led the Jackrabbits and tied for game-high honors with 13 kills, and hit an impressive .500 for the match (13-1-24). She also added four block assists. Lexi Fowler finished with eight each in digs and kills, and did not commit an error in 14 attacks to finish with a .471 hitting percentage.
Colleen King led Denver with 13 kills, with Nola Basey adding nine in the win. Pioneer libero Kate Acker led all players with 15 digs, while Brea Muhle led all players with six block assists, as Denver finished with a 10-5 edge in total team blocks.
The Jackrabbits look to turn things around on Saturday, when they square off against South Dakota in a Hobo Day match at 7 p.m. The Coyotes come in with a league-best 12-6 record and a perfect 3-0 mark in league play after downing North Dakota State by a 3-1 score on Friday in Fargo, N.D.