Volleyball goes 1-2 in season opening tournament



SCOTT ENGEN Sports Reporter

The SDSU volleyball team went 1-2 in a tournament in Green Bay, Wisconsin, this past weekend.

 “Overall, I’m happy, obviously there are some things that I wish would’ve been different, but we got better every match,” said head coach Nicole Cirillo.

The Jackrabbits fell in their first game of the tournament to the host, University of Wisconsin Green Bay, losing three sets to none by scores of 17-25, 14-25 and 20-25. SDSU had seven more errors than the opponent, which contributed to the loss. 

The team then took on Stephen F. Austin University. The Jacks were swept for a second game in row, losing 10-25, 21-25 and 15-25. Errors were crucial in the outcome again, as the Jacks piled up 20 compared to Stephen F. Austin’s seven. 

According to Cirillo, serve-receive was the killer for the team.

 “We were able to get better for the second game, but it wasn’t until Saturday that we were really able to settle in,” Cirillo said, 

She’d like to see improvement in the area of passing going forward as well. 

SDSU bounced back in the third match. Sweeping Eastern Illinois with scores of 25-14, 25-20 and 25-20. The Jackrabbits turned up the heat with 41 kills in the match, 16 from Beaner and 10 from Thies. The team was also able to limit their errors and play better defensively. 

Ashley Beaner turned in a great performance over the weekend, tallying 37 kills and made the all-tournament team. 

“She’s a steady-eddy for us and our go to player.” Cirillo said. 

Other top performers were Ellie Benson and Nazya Thies. Thies recorded double digit kills in two of the three matches.

SDSU will head up to Fargo, North Dakota, on Friday to participate in the Bison Classic. They will have three games, facing off against Texas Tech and Northern Illinois on Friday and Texas El-Paso on Saturday. The Jacks will then return to Brookings on Sunday for their home opener against Bradley University. The game will be played at 3 p.m. in Frost Arena.