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McGill's big night helps IPFW beat North Dakota State in 5 games

Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 7:32 am

Libero Tessa McGill had her best performance of the season to help the IPFW women's volleyball team retain sole possession of first place in the Summit League.

McGill had a season-high 39 digs as IPFW defeated the defending conference champions North Dakota State 25-19, 25-21, 22-25, 18-25, 15-12 on Friday in Fargo, N.D.

The 39 digs tied the fifth most digs during a single-match in IPFW history. In addition, McGill's performance improved upon her 6.01 digs per game average, which was fourth best in the nation entering the weekend.

IPFW (21-4, 10-2 Summit League) finished with a season-high 94 digs against North Dakota State. Along with McGill, outside attacker Emily Spencer had a season-high 19 digs and outside attacker Kendall Wienkes made 18 digs.

North Dakota State (10-14, 6-6 Summit League) out-hit IPFW .202 to .199, but the Bison were held to a match-low .027 attack percentage in the decisive fifth game.

The Mastodons had four players ended the match with double-digit kills -- including Spencer who had a match-high 20 kills. Middle attacker Jessie Manwaring also had 13 kills, while outside attacker Hailie Ripley added 12 kills.

With this victory, the Mastodons extend their winning streak to four matches. In addition, IPFW remains a half-match ahead of in-state rival IUPUI for first place in the Summit League.

IPFW will conclude its two-match road trip as it travels to play South Dakota State at 8 p.m. Saturday.

If the Mastodons win this match, they will clinch a spot in the four-team conference tournament at the end of the regular season.