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Jackrabbits host Kangaroos and Coyotes

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 10/03/2012 12:00:46

South Dakota State closes the first half of The Summit League season this weekend at home with matches against UMKC on Friday and against South Dakota on Saturday. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. inside Frost Arena.

The Jackrabbits return home after winning two of three matches on the road last weekend, starting with a win at Valparaiso on Wednesday, followed by a Summit League split over the weekend, with a loss at IPFW on Friday and a win at Oakland on Saturday.

SDSU avenged a five-set loss to Valparaiso at the Hawkeye Challenge on Aug. 25, with a 3-1 win against the Crusaders on Wednesday. 

The Jacks played well at IPFW on Friday, but the Mastodons played just a little bit better in a 3-0 sweep of the Jackrabbits by the set scores of 26-24, 25-20 and 25-23.

Coming off the loss, the Jackrabbits struggled at times in Saturday's match at Oakland, but they came through in the end to win the five-set affair against the Golden Grizzlies.

Kelli Fiegen led the Jackrabbits in the three matches with 38 kills, with a .312 hitting percentage, adding a team-high 22 total blocks, which includes three solo blocks and 19 block assists.

Shay Birath led the SDSU defense with 61 digs and with a pair of service aces. Lizzie Palmer also posted a pair of aces in the three matches.

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FIEGEN CRACKS TOP-10 IN CAREER KILLS - Kelli Fiegen posted 21 kills at Southern Utah on Nov. 3, 2011 to become the 15th member of the SDSU 1,000-Kills Club and just the sixth member to reach the mark as a junior. Now a senior, Fiegen cracked the all-time top-10 in the Jacks win over North Dakota State on Sept. 16, and enters the weekend with 1,247 career kills, good for eighth all-time and eight shy of passing Wendy O'Neill (1,254 kills from 2000-03) for seventh on the all-time list.

FIEGEN BLOCKS INTO THE TOP-10 - In addition to her offensive prowess, Kelli Fiegen makes her defensive mark on the block. The senior enters the week ranked ninth all-time at SDSU with 98 solo blocks and second all-time with 353 block assists. 

KLINGEMANN POISED TO REACH 1,000 KILL MILESTONE - Kaitlin Klingemann recorded 304 kills in 2011 as a junior, giving her 762 in her career and leaving her 238 kills shy of becoming the 16th member of the SDSU 1,000-Kills Club. She enters this weekend with 923 kills, 77 shy of reaching the milestone.

BIRATH CHASING ALL-TIME DIGS RECORD - Shay Birath became the 13th member of the SDSU 1,000-Digs Club, and just the fifth member of the club to reach the milestone as a junior, at Oakland on Sept. 24, 2011. She climbed into second all-time on Sept. 22, in a win over Western Illinois, and enters the weekend with a 1,665 career digs, 265 away from a new school record.

HERRMANN ON PACE TO JOIN 1,000-DIGS CLUB - After posting more than 300 digs in each of the last two seasons, Kelly Herrmann entered her senior season 254 digs shy of becoming the 14th member of the SDSU 1,000-Digs Club. She enters the weekend with 918 digs, 82 shy of the milestone. 


UMKC Kangaroos (11-7, 4-2 Summit) - Picked to finish seventh in The Summit League Preseason Poll, the Kangaroos enter the weekend with the same 4-2 league record as the Jackrabbits, good for a third place tie in the standings.

All four of the league wins came in five sets, with home wins over Oakland and Omaha, and road wins at Western Illinois and at South Dakota. The two losses came on the road against IUPUI in the league opener and at home against IPFW.

The Series vs. UMKC - The Jackrabbits lead the all-time series 10-2, which includes a six match winning streak to start the series. UMKC's only wins came in a 3-2 win on Oct. 1, 2009, and a 3-1 win in the last meeting on Nov. 11, 2011 at Frost Arena.

South Dakota Coyotes (7-10, 1-4 Summit) - Picked to finish sixth in The Summit League Preseason Poll, the Coyotes, who play at North Dakota State on Friday, opened league play with a win at Western Illinois, but enter the weekend riding a four match conference losing streak, with losses at IUPUI and home losses to IPFW, Oakland and UMKC.

The Series vs. South Dakota - The Jackrabbits lead the all-time series 53-9. The Jackrabbit dominance in the series includes a 40-match win streak from 1984-2002. Despite the overall dominance, South Dakota came away victorious in five of the last six meetings, including each of the last three.

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS - SDSU travels to Cedar Falls, Iowa for a match against Northern Iowa on Tuesday, and then returns home to start the second half of The Summit League Season at home against Omaha on Friday in the annual Dig Pink match.