The 2012 Volleyball season was a magical year for the Jackrabbits, they posted 16 wins during the season.
The Jacks had two players that made school history as they climbed the school record books. Shay Birath became the all-time lead digs leader and Kelli Fiegen became the all-time kills leader.
At SDSU, Jackrabbit volleyball players compete at a high level. A few Jackrabbit players are even lucky enough to have their names with the best of the best. Kristina Martin has the all-time kills record at SDSU with 1,765. Angie Rime collected a total of 5,905 assists during her career, Gial Ahlquist had 203 aces while she played for the blue and gold. Before the 2012 season Shay Birth had 1,700 digs and is looking to pass Samantha Pearson's record of 1,929.
The Jackrabbit Volleyball team along with the rest of the athletic department makes giving back to the community a priority at South Dakota State. The Jacks want to make sure that they give back to a community, may it be helping at the Boys and Girls Club to serving soup at the local community center.
At the "Paint the Falls Blue" event, Jackrabbit student-athletes primarily from the football, women's soccer and volleyball teams visited hospitals, youth centers and retirement centers.
The Jackrabbit Volleyball program is committed to pursuing academic excellence at South Dakota State University. The team and staff have a yearly academic goal of achieving a 3.3 overall team GPA. The players understand the importance of working just as hard in the classroom as they do on the court. With 16 players in 12 different majors, the Volleyball program works diligently to achieve those goals each semester.
To assist the team in reaching their academic goals, every incoming player is assigned a minimum of six study table hours per week. Those study table hours are often completed in the team instruction room, but can also be accumulated by using one of the many academic services provided across campus. The players know that those six hours should not be the only hours that they spend per week on their studies.
Due to a sometimes busy travel schedule; study table hours are also required while the team travels to away venues. With matches mostly in the evening, you can often find the Jackrabbit team spending quality study time in hotel lobbies, small meeting rooms, and during bus rides.