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Alm sets MHS career kill record in victory

Mitchell High School has a new all-time career kill leader in senior Taylin Alm.

The outside hitter recorded 22 kills to help Mitchell beat Harrisburg in five sets Tuesday in Harrisburg and set the record. Set scores were 25-21, 25-14, 11-25, 23-25, 16-14.

“It is pretty exciting,” Alm said. “I have worked pretty hard for the last few years, so to finally accomplish this is pretty awesome. We worked really hard together to come away with a win, so it was pretty awesome to get the record and win.”

Alm, who also had four blocks, four aces and eight digs, praised her teammates for giving her great passes. Coming into the night, Alm was three kills shy of the record, which stood at 928 and was held by Dana Misiaszek.

Alm became the record holder in the opening set on her fourth kill. Mitchell also won the first set 25-21.

“We won the first two sets and played pretty well,” Kernel head coach Deb Thill said. “In the third set we had nine hitting errors. We got down big in the fourth set, but we came back and that set us up for the fifth set.”

Leading the way for Mitchell was Emma Schmidt, who had 40 assists, five aces, 17 digs and two kills. Shelly Iburg had nine kills and three blocks, while Sidney Neugebauer added 25 digs and six kills.

Taylor Sebert recorded 16 digs and Rachel Bucholz had five kills.

“I thought our serve/receive was better tonight,” Thill said. “We did other things well too. I thought we did a really good job of running our offense. All of the hitters were even and that is what we need them to do to be successful.”

For the second time this season, the Kernels and Tigers played a five-set match. The Kernels won the first contest Sept. 7 at Mitchell High School.

Mitchell (6-6, 4-6 ESD) has won its last two matches, both coming against Eastern South Dakota Conference teams.

“It was a nice win on the road in the ESD,” Thill said. “We are fighting for seeding points in our district, so any win we can get especially on the road is big for us.”

Mitchell hosts Yankton in another ESD matchup at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mitchell High School.

Subvarsity scores

JV: Harrisburg won 25-14, 25-20. Aly Goldammer had five kills, four blocks and one ace.

Sophomores: Harrisburg won 25-15, 28-30, 25-20.

Freshmen A: Harrisburg won 25-16, 25-21. Haley Burdick had nine kills.

Freshmen B: Mitchell won 25-15, 25-18.