South Dakota Advances to Semifinals With Victory Over Fort Wayne

South Dakota Advances to Semifinals With Victory Over Fort Wayne

2014 Volleyball Championship | Bracket (PDF)

The Basics
Score: No. 3 South Dakota 3, No. 6 Fort Wayne 1
Records: South Dakota (19-11), Fort Wayne (13-20)
Location: The Jungle – Indianapolis, Ind.

INDIANAPOLIS – Third-seeded South Dakota downed sixth-seeded Fort Wayne, 3-1 (25-23, 25-23, 21-25, 25-19) in the 2014 Summit League Volleyball Championship quarterfinals at The Jungle on Friday night.  For the second-straight season, the Coyotes won their Summit League tournament opener and advanced to the semifinals.

South Dakota had a pair of players record double-doubles as Kendall Kritenbrink led all players with 26 kills and added 12 digs, while Sydney Dimke had 15 kills and 10 digs.

Turning Point
Down by one in the fourth set, 13-14, South Dakota scored four-straight points to regain the lead for good and eventually win the set and match.

Inside The Box Score

  • Kendall Kritenbrink led South Dakota with a match-high 26 kills and .426 hitting percentage along with 12 digs for a double-double.
  • Sydney Dimke also tallied a double-double for the Coyotes with 15 kills and 10 digs.
  • Fort Wayne out blocked South Dakota 11.5-4.
  • The Mastodons had three players with double-digit kills.  Emily Spencer recorded a team-high 19 kills, while Somer Johnson had 18 and Sarah Heckman added 14.
  • Spencer also added 11 digs for a double-double.

News & Notes

  • Kendall Kritenbrink tallied a match-high 26 kills, tying for the second-most kills in a four-set tournament match and eighth-most in all tournament matches in league history.
  • South Dakota won its tournament opener for the second-straight year.
  • The Coyotes went undefeated (3-0) against Fort Wayne this season.
  • Fort Wayne's Emily Spencer, the 2014 Summit League Player of the Year, finished her career with 2,106 career kills, ranking second all-time in league history.  Her 602 kills this season are third-most in a single season in league history.

Up Next
No. 3 South Dakota moves onto the semifinals to take on No. 2 IUPUI on Saturday at 7 p.m. (ET). The two teams faced each other in the season finale less than a week ago.


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