Parker tops Lyman in straight setsParker is still undefeated and moving on to the next round of the volleyball state tournament after defeating No. 8 seed Lyman in straight sets by scores of 25-10, 25-7, 25-15.
By: Aaron Saunders, The Daily Republic
Parker is still undefeated and moving on to the next round of the volleyball state tournament after defeating No. 8 seed Lyman in straight sets by scores of 25-10, 25-7, 25-15.
The Pheasants showed why they’re the top seed at the Class B state tournament, winning their 30th match of the year Thursday at Mitchell’s Corn Palace.
“I think we just were a stronger team,” said outside hitter Micalanne Hanten, who led Parker with 10 digs, three service aces and three kills. “They are really young and we are a veteran team, so we kind of had the upper hand in the game.”
Parker dominated the game from the very beginning, taking advantage of the Raiders, who do not have a senior on their squad and are playing in their first state volleyball tournament since 1995.
The Pheasants’ front row was anchored by Allison Sanner, who finished the night with 10 blocks, aided by Jessica McKenney and Tessa Weeldreyer, who each recorded nine blocks.
“We have a good front row and they really look hard to find the hitters, especially the ones who are on,” Parker head coach Jill Christensen said. “They really help our back row when they can step up on the front and get some blocks.”
The Raiders came out somewhat flat and looked a little shell-shocked by the moment, but by the third set seemed to gain confidence and started to get back on track.
By that time, though, it was too late.
“We came out pretty nervous, but by the end of the third set we were kind of getting into our groove and doing some things right,” Lyman co-head coach Jill Whalen said. “I think the girls were sort of overwhelmed with the experience. They are so excited to be here.”
The Raiders were led by Anna Flitner’s six kills. Sara Herman had nine digs and Chesney Garnos had five assists and five digs.
Lyman looks to regain its footing when it takes on Andes Central at noon today in the consolation bracket.
“I think we just need to be more mentally prepared and not be so nervous,” Whalen said. “We have one game out of the way. It didn’t end up how we wanted it to, but we got our nerves out, and now we can just play.”
Parker move forward to face fifth-seeded Arlington at 6 p.m. today.
“We are super excited we are going for first this year so hopefully we can keep pushing on,” said Hanten.