Volleyball edged by North Dakota in five sets

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (GoJacks.com) — The South Dakota State women’s volleyball team was edged by North Dakota, 3-2 (24-26, 20-25, 25-23, 26-24, 12-15), in a five-set thriller on Sunday afternoon in Grand Forks, N.D.

The teams were tied in Summit League action headed into the match today. However, the Jackrabbits fell to 6-20 overall and 3-11 in league matches, while the Fighting Hawks improved to 12-16, 4-10 Summit League.

Three Jackrabbits reached double figures in kills, led by Ashlynn Smith with a season-high 17 kills. The senior posted a hitting clip of .333 and added two blocks. Crystal Burk and Makenzie Hennen each registered a double double. Burk posted 16 kills and 15 digs, while Hennen had 15 kills and 11 digs. Madison Fay supported the offense with a season-best 45 assists.

Tatum Pickar held a team-high 17 digs, while Anna Nerad led with three blocks.

South Dakota State is set for the final week of regular season play as it travels to take on Purdue Fort Wayne on Friday at 7 p.m.