South Dakota State volleyball releases 2019 schedule

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BROOKINGS – The Jackrabbit volleyball team released its full 2019 schedule Tuesday, with season tickets available for purchase June 24.

For $40 per season ticket, fans will receive general admission seating for all 11 home matches, starting with the Jackrabbits Invitational on Sept. 20-21 at Frost Arena.

Other highlights of the schedule include SDSU’s PINK match Sept. 29 at the Sanford Pentagon and a matchup with in-state rival South Dakota at home Oct. 8.

“With eight new faces and seven returners, there is a blend that needs to happen for us to perform consistently at a high level,” SDSU coach Nicole Cirillo said. “This schedule will help aid us in doing that. The strong mixture of tournaments will allow some good growth opportunities for our newcomers to gain experience. It will also challenge our returners to lead us in the right direction and properly prepare for Summit League action.”

After the Blue/Yellow Scrimmage on Aug. 24, the Jackrabbits open the season on the road for three weekends of nonleague invitationals, traveling to events at Eastern Illinois (Aug. 30-31), Lamar (Sept. 6-7) and Northern Arizona (Sept. 13-14). In addition to the host teams, SDSU will face Drake and Memphis at EIU, Prairie View A&M and Louisiana Monroe at Lamar, and Fresno State and LSU at NAU.

Following the season-opening roadtrip, the Jacks return to familiar territory for a five-match stretch that includes the Jackrabbits Invitational and the first weekend of Summit League play.

Milwaukee, UMKC and Valparaiso come to Brookings for the two-day, round-robin showcase in mid-September, and the following weekend SDSU will open Summit League play against North Dakota State (Sept. 27) at home before the PINK match in Sioux Falls against Western Illinois (Sept. 29).

October sends the Jacks to Denver (Oct. 4) and Oral Roberts (Oct. 6) before a run of three straight home matches begins with a midweek bout against the Coyotes (Oct. 8). The Jackrabbits conclude the homestand against North Dakota (Oct. 13) and Purdue Fort Wayne (Oct. 18) before wrapping up the first half of Summit League play at Omaha on Oct. 21.

Three home matches and a trio of road contests fill the rest of the regular season for the Jacks. SDSU is home against the Pioneers and Golden Eagles on Nov. 1 and 3, respectively, before three consecutive away dates against South Dakota (Nov. 5), North Dakota (Nov. 10) and Purdue Fort Wayne (Nov. 15). The regular season finale is Nov. 17 at home against Omaha.

The season culminates Nov. 22-24 in Denver with the 2019 Summit League Volleyball Championship, hosted by the Pioneers. The top six league teams qualify for the event, with the winner earning the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Season tickets can be ordered online at, over the phone by calling (605) 688-5422, or in person at the Jackrabbit Ticket Office weekdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Jackrabbit Ticket Office is located on the lower level of the Stanley J. Marshall Center.

The Jackrabbits report for fall camp in early August.


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