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Volleyball host preseason co-favorites at Frost

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 10/16/2013 16:42:38

South Dakota State snapped its season-long eight match losing streak on Sunday at Omaha, and looks to start a winning streak this weekend against The Summit League preseason co-favorites IUPUI and Fort Wayne.

The weekend’s action starts on Friday against the Jaguars in the annual pink game and concludes on Saturday against the Mastodons. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. 

On Friday, before the Dig Pink game against IUPUI, fans bid on a signed volleyball jersey in a silent auction and can buy pink Coaches vs. Cancer bracelets for $2, which qualifies them to play heads vs. tails at intermission.

The Last Time Out; at Omaha; Oct. 13 – South Dakota State got a career-high 11 kills from Tiara Gibson and Lexi Fowler posted her team-high third double-double as the Jackrabbits snapped an eight match losing streak with a 3-1 win at Omaha on Sunday, winning by the set scores of 22-25, 25-21, 25-14 and 25-14.

The Jacks improve to 3-15 overall with the win and to 1-4 in The Summit League, while Omaha falls to 6-14 overall, with the same 1-4 mark in league play.

Gibson’s 11 kills led the Jacks, she also finished with six total blocks, one solo and a career-high five block assists in the win. Courtney Roberts and Mikala Hora both added nine kills, with Hora pitching in with 12 digs.

Lizzie Palmer tied with Fowler for team-high honors with 16 digs; Kacey Herrmann added 15 digs and Alanna Pengilly 12.

Kelley Wollak led a pair of Mavericks with double figure kills with 13, adding 16 digs for a double-double, while Amy Taylor finished with 10 kills. Both Bailey Baxter and Michaela Schimmer also posted double-doubles in the loss; Baxter finishing with 18 set assists and 11 digs and Schimmer with 17 set assists and 14 digs.

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FOWLER CLIMBS CAREER SET ASSISTS CHARTS – Senior setter Lexi Fowler started her senior season ranked ninth all-time at SDSU with 1,897 career set assists, but moved up one spot to eighth, and enters the weekend with 2,372 for her career, 175 shy of passing Melia Iwamoto (2,546 set assists from 2007-08) for seventh on the all-time list.

FOWLER RECORDS A TRIPLE-DOUBLE – Senior setter Lexi Fowler posted her first-career triple-double in a 3-2 win at Drake on Sept. 7, with 12 kills, 48 set assists and 14 digs. Fowler becomes the first Jackrabbit to score a triple-double since Amy Anderson accomplished the feat in a 3-0 win over Western Illinois at The Summit League Championships on Nov. 16, 2007, when she finished with 11 kills, 10 digs and 10 total blocks. 

THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS

IUPUI Jaguars (9-11, 3-2 Summit) – The defending regular season champions and one of two preseason co-favorites to win The Summit League, the Jaguars opened league play with losses at Denver and at South Dakota, but bounced back with a trio of 3-0 sweeps of Western Illinois, Omaha and Fort Wayne, all in Indianapolis.

The Series vs. IUPUI – Series tied 6-6 after the Jaguars swept the season series in 2012, making it three wins in a row for IUPUI.  The Jackrabbits won the first three meetings in the evenly matched series that dates back to the 2007 season.

The Last Meeting: Oct. 20, 2012; Indianapolis, Ind. – South Dakota State fell into an 0-2 hole in the first meeting against IUPUI at Frost Arena on Sept. 21, but came back to force a fifth set before falling 3-2. The Jackrabbits fell into that same 0-2 hole on in the second meeting in Indianapolis, but didn't make it to five sets, as the Jags rolled to a 25-22, 25-19 and 25-16 sweep.

Kelli Fiegen led the all players with 14 kills and with five block assists. Kelly Herrmann added nine kills and eight digs in the loss. Shay Birath led the SDSU defense with 13 digs.

IUPUI's Moriah Fair and Kelsey Hoefer both finished with 10 kills in the win. Fair added six digs, while Hoefer hit .450 (10-1-20).

The Jackrabbits struggled to hit just .140 as a team in the match (41-24-121), while the Jaguars hit .284 (42-13-102). IUPUI also finished with a 10-6 advantage in team blocks. 

Fort Wayne Mastodons (10-11, 2-3 Summit) – The defending Summit League Tournament Champion and the other preseason co-favorite to win the league, the Mastodons, who play at North Dakota State on Friday, also opened league play with losses to Denver and South Dakota.

The Mastodons then went on to beat Omaha 3-1 and Western Illinois 3-2 at Home, before falling to IUPUI last weekend on the road by a 3-0 score.

The Series vs. Fort Wayne – The Mastodons lead the all-time series 14-4, including a streak of 10 straight wins from 2008 through the first meeting of 2012. The Jacks bookended the losing streak with a win in the 2007 Summit League Tournament championship match and a win last year on senior night at Frost Arena.

The Last Meeting: Oct. 29, 2012; Frost Arena – Six South Dakota State seniors played their final Summit League volleyball match in Frost Arena on the anniversary of the 100th Hobo Day, and they made it a memorable one with a 3-2 win over IPFW in front of a Hobo Day crowd of 579 fans.

The Jackrabbits, who won by the set scores of 25-20, 22-25, 26-24, 26-28 and 15-11, also snapped a 10 match losing streak to the Mastodons, dating back to Nov. 17, 2007, when the Jacks downed the 'Dons in The Summit League Tournament championship match, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Led by senior Kelli Fiegen, who posted her second straight double-double with 15 kills and 10 total blocks, the Jacks finished with a 17-12 advantage in total team blocks.

Margit Hansing also posted her second consecutive double-double, finishing with 13 kills to go along with her team and career-high 24 digs. Kelly Herrmann made it three double-doubles for the Jacks with her 10 kills and 19 digs.

Shay Birath led the Jacks with 22 digs, and remains well on pace to break the all-time digs mark of 1,929. She finished the weekend with 1,891 career digs, 39 shy of a new record.

Emily Spencer led the Mastodons with 29 kills, taking 91 swings in the match to reach that total. Jessie Manwaring added 16 and Hailie Ripley 10 kills in the loss. Spencer also added 21 digs to complete her double-double. Tessa McGill led the 'Dons with 45 digs in the loss.  

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS – SDSU starts the second half of The Summit League season at home with a single match against North Dakota State on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m., and then returns to the road to start November, with matches at South Dakota on Nov. 1, and at Denver on Nov. 3.

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