SDSU drops opener in home invite

BROOKINGS – Cal State Bakersfield went 2-0, Northern Arizona 1-0, host South Dakota State 0-1 and Valparaiso 0-2 to open the Hampton Inn Jackrabbits Invitational on Friday at Frost Arena.


• CSU Bakersfield 3, SDSU 2

The Jackrabbits had to rally to force a fifth set, where Cal State jumped out to a 6-2 lead on the way to a 15-7 triumph in the decider.

The Roadrunners won the first set, 25-22, before SDSU came back with a 25-18 win in Set 2 to even the match at 1-1 heading into the intermission.

After Cal State took the third set, 25-18, the Jacks won Set 4, 25-22, to send the match into the fifth.

The Roadrunners used a balanced attack – six players had eight or more kills – to keep the SDSU defense off balance as Desiree Suhkov and Mattison Degarmo each finished with 12. Haylee Roberts added 11; Sydney Haynes tallied nine while Briannah Mariner and Aleksand Djordjevic chipped in with eight apiece.

Sidney Wicks notched 26 set assists as Fabio Andrade finished with 22.

For the Jacks, Mackenzie Hennen posted a double-double of 17 kills and 11 digs as Ashlynn Smith notched 10 kills and eight digs. Sierra Peterson contributed nine kills, a solo block and two block assists while Payton Richardson also had nine kills.

Maddie Fay (32) and Mattison Munger (18) combined for 50 set assists.

"Obviously, I'm bummed that we didn't pull out the win, but overall this was probably some of the better volleyball that we've played," coach Nicole Cirillo told SDSU Sports Information. "Our passing was good. We were able to run our offense and got a lot of different people involved. It just came down to a few unforced errors and in a few of the sets serving was an issue. But overall, I'm happy with the serves, just not the amount of serves in a row we missed."


• CSU Bakersfield 3, Valparaiso 1

The Roadrunners bounced back from a 29-27 loss in Set 1, to win the next three by the scores of 25-23, 25-18 and 25-22.

Haylee Roberts led the way with 22 kills and 1 1/2 blocks.

Briannah Mariner contributed eight kills and two blocks (one solo).

Desiree Sukhov had seven kills, two aces and a block assist. Bailey Smith chipped in with nine kills, while Sydney Haynes chipped in with seven kills and two blocks.

Fabiana Andrade dished out 35 set assists. Emily Lopes came up with 32 digs.

CSU Bakersfield totaled eight blocks and seven aces.

The Crusaders’ Taylor Graboski finished with 14 kills and 1 1/2 blocks.

Ally Cummings added nine kills and Allison Ketcham eight. Brittany Anderson had 43 set assists, five kills and two aces. Rylee Cookerly led four Valparaiso players in double figures with 28 digs.


• Northern Arizona 3, Valparaiso 0

The Lumberjacks won 25-19, 25-22, 25-19.

Sydney Lema had 11 kills, three aces, 1 1/2 blocks (one solo) and nine digs.

Kaylie Jorgenson contributed 11 kills, two blocks (one solo) and an ace to go with 17 digs.

Abby Akin totaled six kills, two aces and a block assist. Victoria Ewalefo added six kills and 2 1/2 blocks (one solo). Heaven Harris recorded seven kills and a block assist.

Abby Stomp dished out 33 set assists and Brooke Donnelly had 20 digs.

For the Crusaders, Allison Ketcham had eight kills, an ace and 10 digs. Brittany Anderson tallied 32 set assists and 10 digs. Rylee Cookerly came up with 28 digs.

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