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South Dakota State volleyball falls in three sets at Fort Wayne

South Dakota State University
South Dakota State University

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (KWSN-AM) Coming off of two straight wins at home, the South Dakota State volleyball team fell back into the loss column on Friday night with a 3-0 loss at Summit League Preseason co-favorite Fort Wayne, falling by the same 25-14 score in all three sets. 

“That’s a tough loss tonight against a very solid and aggressive IPFW team,” head coach Phil McDaniel said. “Unfortunately we did not have enough fight in us to battle.” 

The loss drops the Jackrabbits to 5-21 on the season overall and to 3-10 in The Summit League, it also puts to rest any hopes of qualifying for the league tournament next weekend in Indianapolis. The host Mastodons improve to 16-13 overall and to 8-5 in the league. 

Courtney Roberts led the Jackrabbits with eight kills in the loss, while Lexi fowler led the defense with eight digs to go along with her 17 set assists. 

The only player in the match to record double figures kills, reining Summit League Player of the Year Emily Spencer finished with 14 kills, adding eight digs and a pair of blocks, one solo and one block assist. Jen Milligan led the IPFW defense with 13 digs, and Sarah Heckman added a match-high three block assists. 

The Jackrabbits close the 2013 season on Saturday in Indianapolis against IUPUI at 5 p.m. ET, 4 p.m. CT.

Courtesy of South Dakota St. Athletics