SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota State University Jackrabbits women’s volleyball team will face Western Illinois University in the annual Pink Match on Sept. 29.
The Pink Match serves as a way not only to raise money, but also to build awareness for breast cancer. The initiative by Sanford Health is focused on breast cancer research and care. The Jacks will be wearing pink jerseys, which will be auctioned off to raise money for the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation. Additionally, the team will also be accepting donations for Team Edith. 800 free pink shirts will be given away to fans at the game.
Beginning of Something Great
The Pink Match marks the beginning of the Pentagon’s busy Division I schedule. Heritage Court will host USD and Purdue Fort Wayne in a women’s volleyball match on Oct. 20th, Oklahoma and Minnesota for a men’s basketball game on Nov. 9th, SDSU and Dakota Wesleyan in a women’s basketball game on Nov. 15 and SDSU and Binghamton in a wrestling dual on Nov. 15.
About South Dakota State University
SDSU comes into the match with a 3-9 record and looking for a conference victory over Western Illinois. 2018 All-Summit League Honorable Mention returning senior, Makenzie Hennen (OH), was recently named to the Comfort Suites University Jackrabbit Invitational all-tournament team.
About Western Illinois University
The Leathernecks, led by head coach Ben Staupe, will bring a 3-11 record to the Pentagon. Staupe, with several appearances at the NCAA Division III Championships and six conference titles, joined Western Illinois’s volleyball program in August 2018. Sophomore Mariah Mitchell (RS) led the team in both kills (9) and blocks (4) in their most recent match, a loss against Purdue Fort Wayne.
Summit League events at Pentagon
The Pink Match marks the first of four Summit League events at the Pentagon this season. The USD women’s volleyball team will take on Purdue Fort Wayne in October. The SDSU wrestling team will take on Binghamton in a wrestling dual in November. The SDSU women’s basketball team and the USD men’s basketball team are also scheduled to play on Heritage Court in November and December. The Summit League recently moved its headquarters to Sioux Falls and have a permanent location at the Sanford Sports Complex.
The Pentagon has hosted schools from more than a dozen different NCAA Division 1 conferences in its six-year history. The Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, SEC, and Pac 12 have all sent teams to Sioux Falls.
Use the hashtag #SanfordSports during the game to be a part of the conversation. There will also be special Snapchat filters available during the game.
The cornerstone of the Sanford Sports Complex in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is the Sanford Pentagon, a 160,000-square-foot, five-sided facility featuring nine basketball courts, including the 1950s/1960s-inspired Heritage Court. The venue combines state-of-the-art amenities—including high-definition video boards and executive suites—with period-specific finishes as a nod to the nostalgic days of basketball. The 3,200-seat Pentagon is home to Sanford POWER Basketball Academy, Sanford POWER Volleyball Academy, the NBA G League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournament and the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame.
Parking and Accommodations
Parking at the Sanford Pentagon is available on the east, west and north side of the facility. Need to eat? The Pentagon includes full-service concession stands and across the street is the Blue Rock Bar and Grill. Want to stay close to the arena? The Fairfield Inn & Suites is also across the street. The venue also has an official team store and several ATM stations.
The South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame calls the Sanford Pentagon home. Visitors can enjoy the free exhibit that includes historical photos, records and memorabilia. In fact, the entire facility is a trek to a different era. The Pentagon took great care to include old photos, jerseys and mementos throughout the entire venue. One of last year’s new elements highlights former high school championship teams that are available for viewing on the second level.