Jacks top Coyotes in four sets

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After opening the day with a loss to host North Dakota State, the South Dakota State volleyball team sent South Dakota to its 13th straight loss with a 3-1 win on Saturday at the Doublewood Inn Classic in Fargo, N.D.

The Jackrabbits won by the set scores of 25-23, 25-18, 19-25 and 25-23 gives the Jacks a 5-6 record overall and a 1-2 mark at the weekend tournament. The Coyotes fall to 2-14 with the loss.

Ellyce Youngren started slow, but came back to lead the Jackrabbits with 16 kills and added 11 digs to complete the double-double. Kelli Fiegen added 11 kills and hit .500 on the night (11-2-18). Thyele Rechatiko led the Jacks with 42 set assists and added 12 digs to complete her double-double.

Kristin Kritenbrink led USD with a match-high 19 kills, Natalie Walseth added 10 kills for the Coyotes in the loss.

The Jacks opened the scoring in the first set, a set that saw a total of eight ties and four lead changes. The Coyotes never led by more than two points at any point during the set and the Jacks never led by more than three points, which they only did twice before closing out the first set win.

SDSU fell behind early in the second set, but they rattled off a 5-0 run to take the lead and never trailed again in the second set.

USD returned the favor in the second set, falling behind early and then coming back to regain the lead and force a fourth set.

The fourth set looked more like the first, with 12 ties and four lead changes, but trailing 23-21 late, the Jacks finished the set, and thus the match on a 4-0 run to secure the win.

The Jacks remain on the road next week, when they travel to Shreveport, La., on Friday to take on Centenary in Summit League action at 7 p.m.