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Alm gets 1,000th kill in MHS loss

RAPID CITY — Taylin Alm surpassed 1,000 career kills Friday night in Mitchell’s five-set loss to Rapid City Central.

Alm, who is the first Kernel to reach the mark, recorded 26 kills in the match, earning her 1,000th in the first set.

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“I was counting down,” said Alm, who also had 13 digs, four aces and two blocks in the loss. “I knew I had two and I was surprised on the point because it wasn’t Emma (Schmidt) that gave me the set. Alison Murphy did and it was a good one.”

Mitchell head coach Deb Thill said Alm had a good performance but knows the senior wants more.

“She got it over with, but she wants to win,” said Thill, whose team lost 10-25, 10-25, 27-25, 25-18, 15-7. “That’s more important to her.”

The Kernels (7-8) came out aggressive and stuck to the game plan but began to commit unforced errors as the match progressed.

“We did everything we wanted to do and controlled the match in the first two sets,” Thill said. “Some unlucky things happened and they got the momentum and fed off it. Central played well after that and made a lot of defensive plays.”

Murphy tallied a season-high nine kills, while setter Schmidt recorded 35 assists, nine digs, two blocks and was 25 for 25 in serving with two aces. Taylor Sebert added 20 digs, Shelly Iburg had five kills and three blocks and Sidney Neugebauer chipped in with 14 digs and five kills.

The Kernels, who won the JV match and fell in the sophomore match, play Rapid City Stevens in a nonconference match at 3:30 p.m. Central time today in Rapid City.