Denver Keeps SDSU Winless In Summit Play

Jacks Swept At Frost Arena

BROOKINGS, S.D.  —  The South Dakota State volleyball team lost in three sets to Denver in a Summit League match Sunday afternoon in front of 231 fans at Frost Arena.

The Jackrabbits (2-15, 0-4) lost 25-15, 25-20 and 25-10 to the Pioneers (10-5, 2-1).

Sophomore Ashlynn Smith led SDSU with nine kills. Senior libero Ellie Benson had a match-high 13 digs.

Kayla Principato led Denver with 10 kills.

Turning Points
South Dakota State opened the first set with 5-2 run with Smith and junior Sierra Peterson recording kills. Denver tied the match at 9-9 and closed the set with a 16-6 run.

In the second set, the Pioneers had a 20-13 lead before the Jackrabbits used a 7-3 run fueled by a pair of Smith kills, a service ace from freshman Hanna Jellema and kills from rookie Maddie Fay and sophomore Makenzie Hennen. DU ended the set with a pair of kills.

Denver took a 10-3 lead in the final set and outscored State 15-7 the rest of the way for the win.

They said it…
“I thought we did some really good things in set one and two. I thought our passing was what held us back in those sets,” third-year head coach Nicole Cirillo said. “When you start looking at set three, we got off to a slow start and we were done from the get-go.”


  • Mattison Munger recorded 12 set assists and now has 1,938 career assists. She ranks 10th on the SDSU career list.

Up Next
South Dakota State returns to action Friday when it plays at Western Illinois at 7 p.m.

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-Highlights & Recap Courtesy SDSU Athletics

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