IUPUI Advances to Championship Match With Sweep of USD

IUPUI Advances to Championship Match With Sweep of USD

2014 Volleyball Championship | Bracket (PDF)

The Basics
Score: No. 2 IUPUI 3, No. 3 South Dakota 0
Records: IUPUI (20-12), South Dakota (19-12)
Location: The Jungle – Indianapolis, Ind.

INDIANAPOLIS – Second-seeded IUPUI downed No. 3 South Dakota in straight sets (25-16, 25-23, 25-16) on Saturday night to advance to its third consecutive Summit League Championship match. 

The Jaguars will look to repeat as Summit League Tournament Champions in a rematch of last year's championship match against Denver.

IUPUI's outside hitters, Kaitlyn Hickey and Meredith Farkas, combined for 26 kills, over half of the Jaguars offensive output.

Turning Point
In a close back and forth second set with 14 ties and seven lead changes, IUPUI was able to score the last two points to claim the set 25-23 and take a 2-0 lead into the break.

Inside The Box Score

  • IUPUI had a pair of players record double-digit kills as Kaitlyn Hickey led the way with a match-high 14 kills and Meredith Farkas had 12.  Hickey added 15 digs for a double-double, while teammate Alexis Mapes recorded a 37-assist, 10-dig double-double.
  • IUPUI's Kelly Wachtel was perfect at the net with nine kills in 16 attempts for a .562 clip.
  • Defensively, Beth Howard, two-time Summit League Defensive Player of the Year, led the Jaguars with a match-high 18 digs.
  • Kendall Kritenbrink led South Dakota with 11 kills , while Melissa Firtko was error free at the net with seven kills in 17 attempts for a .412 hitting percentage.
  • USD's Brittany Jessen tallied a 31-assist, 11-dig double-double.

News & Notes

  • IUPUI advances to its third consecutive Summit League Championship match and looks to repeat as Summit League Tournament Champions in a rematch of last year's championship match against Denver.
  • South Dakota ends its season at 19-12.

Up Next
No. 2 IUPUI secures a spot in its third-straight The Summit League Championship match against No. 1 Denver on Sunday at 4 p.m. (ET).  The championship match will be a battle of the co-regular season league champions and a rematch of last year's championship match.

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