Volleyball falls to IPFW

By Andrew Holtan Sportswriter

Their first Summit League win continued to elude the SDSU volleyball team as they traveled to Fort Wayne, Ind. to play IPFW. 

The Jacks came into the game with an overall record of 6-23 and a record of 0-13 in the Summit League. IPFW came into the game with an overall record of 12-16 and a record of 6-7 in the Summit League.

The Jacks dropped all three sets by scores of 25-10, 25-11 and 25-20.

“They came out and played well, we didn’t come anywhere near matching their intensity,” said head coach Phil McDaniel. “We have to come out a little more focused and when somebody starts to execute and push we’ve got to be able to push back.”

The Mastodons had an attack percentage of .289 while the Jacks only had an attack percentage of .023.

Freshman Ashley Beaner led the Jackrabbits with seven kills. 

“It’s very encouraging, she certainly has some stuff to learn and improve on but she’s [Beaner] a very gifted athlete,” McDaniel said. “Now as she gets a little more time under her belt she can kind of attack some of those blockers she hasn’t seen in awhile and then we can get her ready for next fall.” 

Sophomore Kacey Herrmann led the team with nine digs and Tiara Gibson, Wagner Larson and Jessi Henter each had two block assists for SDSU.

The Jacks come back to Frost Arena this weekend to play their final two games of the season when they play Oral Roberts on Friday and Western Illinois on Saturday. 

“Every conference win is huge and it would certainly be big for us heading into next year,” McDaniel said. “It will be emotional on Saturday as we will be saying goodbye to our one senior, Margit Hanson, but these are teams we have a shot to compete with and if we come out and execute we should have a good chance to win.”