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GAMEDAY DOWNLOAD: USD vs. Purdue Fort Wayne

10/16/2019, 1:30pm CDT
By Sanford Media Relations

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The University of South Dakota women’s volleyball team will face off against the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons on at 1 p.m. on Oct. 20.

This will be the 19th meeting between USD and Purdue Fort Wayne, with USD leading the series 12-6. The two teams last played in 2018 at Purdue Fort Wayne, a 3-0 win for the Coyotes.

About South Dakota
Led by head coach Leanne Williamson, USD is coming off their first-ever Summit League Tournament Championship in 2018. This season, the Coyotes are 17-1 and currently sit at the top of the standings in the conference. Senior Anne Rasmussen (DH), 2018 Summit League Defensive Player of the Year, is looking to extend the Coyotes’ winning streak to 15 games.

About Purdue Fort Wayne
Under the direction of Steve Florio, the Mastodons will arrive at the Pentagon with an 11-9 record. Katie Crowe (OH), Summit League Offensive Player of the Week (9/24/19), led the team with 18 kills in their most recent match, a win against Omaha. Purdue Fort Wayne is 5-1 in Summit League play and sits in second place in the conference.

Summit League events at Pentagon
This match is one of many Summit League events to come at the Sanford Pentagon this season. The SDSU wrestling team will take on Binghamton in a wrestling dual in November. The SDSU women’s basketball team and USD men’s basketball 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.

Conference diversity
The Pentagon has hosted schools from more than a dozen different NCAA Division I conferences in its six-year history. The Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, SEC, and Pac 12 have all sent teams to Sioux Falls.

*Be social
Use the hashtag #SanfordSports during the game to be a part of the conversation.

Facility facts
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.

Special features
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.

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