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    SDSU Volleyball: Jacks open with loss to No. 15 Iowa State

    GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The South Dakota State volleyball team opened the 2013 season on Friday at the North Dakota Classic with a 3-0 loss to No. 15 ranked Iowa State by the set scores of 25-17, 25-12 and 25-18.

    “We knew going in to this first match that we would be challenged against Iowa State, they’re a big physical team,” head coach Phil McDaniel said. “I was happy with our composure in sets one and three. We blocked the ball fairly well and played aggressive defense.” 

    Mikala Hora led the Jackrabbits with eight kills in her Jackrabbit debut on 19 swings and one error for a .368 hitting percentage. She also led the Jackrabbits with 11 digs in the loss, which drops the Jacks to 0-1 heading into Friday afternoon’s match with Texas A&M.

    Wagner Larson added six kills in the loss, while Courtney Roberts and Tiara Gibson both finished with four kills in their collegiate debut. 

    Player her first match as the Jackrabbits libero, Lizzie Palmer finished with 10 digs.

    Iowa State’s Ciara Capezio led all players in the match with 12 kills and Mackenzie Bigbee 10 kills for the Cyclones, who improve to 1-0. Kristen Hahn led all players with 22 digs in the match. 

    The Jackrabbits looks to get their first win in the books on Friday afternoon at 5 p.m., when they take on Texas A&M. Picked to finish first in the SEC Western Division, the Aggies entered the season receiving votes in the AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll. 

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