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IPFW volleyball falls short of winning Summit League regular season title

Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 12:01 am

The IPFW women's volleyball team came up two points short of winning its second Summit League regular season championship in the last three years.

With IPFW and IUPUI entering its regular season finale tied for first place, the Jaguars defeated the Mastodons 25-19, 18-25, 17-25, 25-16, 16-14 on Saturday in Indianapolis to win the conference regular season title.

IUPUI (21-9, 13-3 Summit League) as a result of this victory earns the right to host the 2013 Summit League Tournament and will be the No. 1 seed for the four-team conference tournament next weekend in Fargo, N.D. The Mastodons (23-6, 12-4 Summit League) drop to the No. 2 seed for the upcoming Summit League Tournament.

Outside attacker Emily Spencer in the loss had a match-high 26 kills.

Spencer was one of three Mastodons to finish the match with double-digit kills. Outside attacker Hailie Ripley had 16 kills and match-high eight blocks, while middle attacker Jessie Manwaring added 10 kills.

Outside attacker Kaitlyn Hickey led all IUPUI players with 21 kills and had the match-winning kill in the fifth-game overtime.

The Jaguars out-hit the Mastodons .242 to .208, including holding IPFW to a .152 attack percentage in the decisive fifth game.

IPFW libero Tessa McGill in the loss had a match-high 28 digs to move into second place all-time in school history for the most digs in a single-season.

Despite not winning the regular season title, the Mastodons still have a chance to clinch the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament if it can win the Summit League Tournament.

IPFW will play the No. 3 seed Oakland in the conference tournament semifinals on Friday. The other semifinal match will be between IUPUI and the No. 4 seed Kansas City.