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Hanson holds off Burke/South Central for fifth place

Hanson's Jada Campbell, left, and Burke/South Central's Tressa Bull, right, tip the ball at the net on Saturday at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. (Ryan Deal / Republic)

RAPID CITY—Scrappy Burke/South Central made it tough for Hanson, but the Beavers prevailed and captured fifth place at the state volleyball tournament on Saturday at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

Hanson claimed the Class B consolation title 25-19, 25-14, 17-25 and 27-25 over the Cougars. The taller Beavers (29-3) controlled the first two sets against Burke/South Central (29-7) and cruised to a 2-0 match lead.

"We knew we were going to have to play well defensively," B/SC coach Billie Jo Indahl said. "They do have some good size up front with No. 16 (Jada Campbell) and we just couldn't get quite right in the defensive positions and we really couldn't get our hitting going those first couple sets."

Trailing 10-7, the Cougars rattled off 10 straight points and took a 17-10 advantage. Burke/South Central used the big lead to get within 2-1 in the match.

"We had some errors. We had some breakdowns," Hanson coach Yolanda Price said. "We weren't as scrappy. We weren't as quick getting to the spots we needed to and they capitalized on that. That is OK. That is the way volleyball is sometimes."

The teams went back and forth in the fourth set. The Beavers broke away for a 22-17 lead, but the Cougars trimmed the deficit to 22-21. The set was later tied twice at 24-24 and 25-25, but an Allison Bahmuller kill and a Hanson block secured the win.

"We took them to that fourth set and we battled to the end," Indahl said. "We were just getting some nice blocks and just had some bad breaks at times."

Campbell, a 6-foot-3 senior middle hitter, pounded out 18 kills and had three solo blocks. Senior Brookelyn Slaba added 10 kills for the Beavers, who had 49 kills.

Senior Heather Kayser dished out 39 assists and recognized the importance of getting the ball to Campbell against the undersized Cougars.

"They got great passes up to me and they knew they couldn't stop Jada in the middle so I just keep feeding her," Kayser said.

Burke/South Central sophomore Taylee Indahl had a match-high 20 kills and junior Lahna Matucha added 14 kills. Coach Indahl's made a switch in the third set that helped lead to B/SC winning the set.

"I put Taylee in the middle to try to block 16 and she was timing her so well and getting those blocks when we needed that," Indahl said. "It kind of changed things a little bit. That worked well for us to do that."

But it wasn't enough as the Beavers edged the Cougars in the fourth set.

Burke/South Central graduates five seniors, but returns Indahl, Matucha and freshman setter Bobbi Jo Wischmann.

"It was really kind of Cinderella season for us and we just did some amazing things and we got here and that's what we are most proud of," coach Indahl said. "That was a goal of ours to get here and now that we are here, we are going to continue to come back."

Hanson graduates nine seniors, but it returns four juniors and six sophomores.

"I am going to have good numbers again," Price said. "We are going to work in the offseason here and see if we can get going again."

Burke/SC (29-7) 19 14 25 25

Hanson (29-3) 25 25 17 27

BSC (kills-aces-blocks): Santanya Matucha 0-0-0, Lahna Matucha 14-3-.5, Lainee Schonebaum 0-0-0, Ryahna Schweigert 0-1-0, Taylee Indahl 20-1-1, Teah Serr 0-1-0, Bobbi Jo Wischmann 2-2-0, Tressa Bull 1-0-2.5, Haley Benter 0-1-0, Sierra Swan 2-1-0, Sally Hakin 2-0-.5, Brecken Bartling 2-1-5; TOTALS: 43-37-5.

Hanson: Tessa Zens 0-0-0, Morgan Trabing 0-0-1, Ellie Tuschen 1-1-0, Brookelyn Weber 8-1-0, Jacy Waldera 0-3-1, Heather Kayser 3-0-0, Brookelyn Slaba 10-1-0, Ashley Henglefelt 0-0-0, Megan Guericke 0-0-0, Allison Bahmuller 9-2-2, Jada Campbell 18-0-3. TOTALS: 49-44-7

Set assists: BSC: 37 (Wischmann 29); H: 44 (Kayser 39). Digs: BSC 88 (Serr 17); H: 100 (Weber 23, Slaba 23).

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