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Road swing starts at USD, ends at Denver

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 10/31/2013 10:10:20

South Dakota State opened the second half of The Summit League season on Saturday with a 3-0 loss to North Dakota State, and now returns to the road for a pair of weekend matches, starting with South Dakota on Friday at 7 p.m., followed by a matinee at Denver on Sunday at 2 p.m. MT. 

The Last Time Out; vs. North Dakota State; Oct. 26 – The South Dakota State volleyball team opened the second half of The Summit League season on Saturday with a 3-0 loss to North Dakota State at Frost Arena, falling by the set scores of 13-25, 15-25 and 21-25.

Both teams end the match with the same 3-18 overall record, with the Jackrabbits falling to 1-7 in the league and the Bison improving to 3-5 in league play.

“The way we came out in set three, I wish we had that focus in sets one and two. Through the many lineup changes throughout the match, I thought the girls stayed really composed, they worked hard and they fought for every point,” head coach Phil McDaniel said. “We just have to clean up a few little things.”

Courtney Roberts led the Jackrabbit offense with nine kills and added a solo block. Wagner Larson finished with eight kills and Tiara Gibson six kills with one error in 10 swings for a .500 hitting percentage.

Lexi Fowler recorded her team-high fourth double-double of the season, and 26th of her career, with 26 set assists and 12 digs. Lizzie Palmer also finished with a dozen digs, while Kacey Herrmann led the Jacks with 14.

Jenni Fassbender led all players in the match with 17 kills and added 11 digs to complete the lone double-double for the Bison. Emily Milligan led the visitors with a match-high 15 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 2,438 for her career, 108 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 WEEKS OPPONENTS

South Dakota Coyotes (16-8, 7-2 Summit) – The Coyotes followed their win in Brookings with three more wins to remain undefeated in Summit League play, all by the same 3-0 score, but hit the skids on the road last weekend, falling 3-1 at IUPUI on Friday and 3-2 at Fort Wayne on Saturday.

The Series vs. South Dakota – The Jackrabbits lead the all-time series 53-12, but dropped each of the last six matches, with the Coyotes sweeping the season series in both 2011 and 2012, and winning the first meeting of the 2013 season in Brookings.

The Last Meeting: Oct. 5, 2013; Frost Arena – South Dakota State came out hot on Hobo Day against South Dakota in the South Dakota Corn Showdown Series at Frost Arena, winning the first set 25-22, but the Coyotes came firing back to win the next three sets in order by the set scores of 25-15-25-20 and 25-18 to secure the 3-1 win.

Kacey Herrmann and Mikala Hora combined for 15 kills in the match; nine from Herrmann and six from Hora. Herrmann also added 11 digs and Hora a trio of blocks, two block assists and one solo block.

Tiara Gibson tied a career-high in leading the Jackrabbits with 10 kills, while Wagner Larson joined Herrmann with nine kills.

Lexi Fowler tallied her second double-double of the season with 37 set assists and with 12 digs, both of which led the Jacks in the loss.

USD’s Kendall Kritenbrink led all players and three Coyotes in double figures with 21 kills, adding 12 digs to complete the match’s only other double-double. Sydney Dimke added 13 kills and Kelsey Biltoft 11 kills in the win. Kaitlyn Hastings led all players with 14 digs in the match. 

Denver Pioneers (12-10, 6-3 Summit) – The Pioneers posted an even 3-3 mark since beating SDSU in the first meeting of the season. Denver followed up their win in Brookings with a win at NDSU, but then fell at South Dakota the next weekend.

From there, the Pioneers swept a home weekend against Omaha and Western Illinois, only to drop a pair of matches on the road last week, falling 3-0 at Fort Wayne on Friday and 3-1 at IUPUI on Saturday.

The Series vs. Denver – The Jackrabbits lead the all-time series with Denver 2-1, which includes a 3-0 sweep at the Tiger Tournament in Hayes, Kan., on Sept. 8, 1989, and a 3-0 sweep eight days later at the Briar Cliff Invitational in Sioux City, Iowa.

The Pioneers won the first meeting of The Summit League era at Frost Arena.

The Last Meeting: Oct. 4, 2013; Frost Arena – After playing their first 14 matches on the road, the South Dakota State volleyball team played at home for the first time on Friday, 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.

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.

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS – SDSU returns home to close the home schedule next weekend against Omaha on Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. and against Western Illinois on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. on Senior Night.  

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