South Dakota State won the first set with UMKC on Friday
night at Frost Arena by a 25-22 score, but dropped the next three in the battle
of 4-2 Summit League teams by the set scores of 27-25, 25-21 and 25-23 to fall
3-1 in the match.
The loss drops the Jackrabbits to 12-6 on the season overall
and to 4-3 in The Summit League, while the visiting Kangaroos improve to 12-7
overall and to 5-2 in league play.
"I'm disappointed with our overall team focus tonight," head
coach Phil McDaniel said. "We have to do a better job of taking care of our
teammates in future matches."
Kelli Fiegen led the Jacks with 16 kills, Bailey Philippot
added 14 and Kelly Herrmann 10 kills in the loss. Margit Hansing led the
defense with 18 digs, while Shay Birath finished with 12.
Emily Lucas led the visiting Kangaroos with a match-high 30
kills, and did so with a .436 hitting percentage on 55 swings with six errors.
Emma Hagedorn added 13 kills for the 'Roos in 18 swings with just one error for
a .667 hitting percentage.
The Kangaroos as a team finished with a .253 hitting
percentage (64-25-154), while the Jacks hit at a .167 clip (51-27-162). UMKC
also won the blocking battle with 11 team blocks, compared to 10 by the
The Jackrabbits trailed for much of the first two sets, and
battled back to win the opener 25-22, only to fall in the second set 27-25.
The visitors left no doubt about the outcome of the third
set in jumping out to a 17-10 lead and never looking back in a 25-21 win to
take a 2-1 lead in the match.
SDSU opened the fourth set on a 3-0 run, and opened up a
commanding 12-5 lead, only to see it vanish in a 7-1 UMKC run that brought them
to within one point at 16-15.
The Jacks would hold them off for a few more points, until
the Kangaroos got a 4-0 run that started with the Jacks up 21-19 and ended with
the 'Roos up 23-21. The Jacks would tie the set at 23-all, but could not regain
the lead in the 25-23 loss.
The Jackrabbits look to get back on the winning track on Saturday,
when they host South Dakota at 7 p.m. The Coyotes fell in straight sets at
North Dakota State on Friday.