Cyclones blow past Jackrabbits with sweep

Justin Harned

SDSU hosted the No. 21 Iowa State Cyclones in their final home match of the regular season on Tuesday, Oct. 30 after a pair of huge Summit League wins against Oakland and Fort Wayne put the Jacks alone in 3rd place.

Despite coming off of one of their biggest wins of the season, the Jackrabbits were no match for Iowa State, falling 3-0 at Frost Arena.

SDSU was without one of their star players in Kelli Fiegen. Fiegen is out with an undisclosed injury and her return is questionable.

In her absence, the Jackrabbits got off to a slow start, allowing the Cyclones to take the lead early. SDSU trailed the entire first set, but the Jacks did fight back turning in a 5-0 run and a 4-0 run late, challenging Iowa State’s lead. Iowa State’s biggest lead of the night — 10 points — was almost lost as the Jacks came storming back within two points before surrendering to the Cyclones in set one, 25-22.

Margit Hansing led the team in the first set with nine digs, and Kaitlin Klingemann led the team with four kills and four block assists.

The Jacks seemed to be overpowered all night long, proving to be a tough night for SDSU.

The second set was back and forth as the highest run was 4-0 by Iowa State, as well as two more 3-0 runs. The Jackrabbits kept it close throughout the second set, but the Cyclones prevailed and won 25-19, putting Iowa State up 2-0 in the match.

Klingemann turned in six kills and six block assists, while Sydney Howard followed closely with five kills. Hansing led the team with 11 digs.

Now facing an uphill battle, the Jacks had to win all three remaining sets to win the match. SDSU came out of the break strong as they posted a 6-0 run on the Cyclones, putting them up 7-5 early in the set, but the Jacks were unable to put a significant run on the board losing to the Cyclones 25-22 in their most productive set. Team attack by set was a match high 62 percent.

Klingemann led the team with 9 kills and eight block assists, while Hansing led the team with 14 digs, as Herrmann followed up with 12.

Clearly the Iowa State Cyclones offense was too much for the Jackrabbits to handle as a whole, scoring a total of 64 points to the Jacks 48 points, and taking the match 3-0.

“You got the No. 21 across the net from you,” head coach Phil McDaniel said. “They are big, and physical. They can bounce some balls in ways that we don’t see teams do. We weren’t able to settle ourselves down get back in a rhythm.”

The Jacks will resume play on the road against the University of South Dakota Coyotes on Friday, Nov. 2.