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Mitchell debuts at No. 5 in prep volleyball poll

Mitchell's Chelsea Brewster gets a kill inside the block attempt of Harrisburg's Avery Thorson (9) during a match last season at Mitchell High School. (Matt Gade / Republic)

The Mitchell High School volleyball team checks in at No. 5 in the preseason South Dakota Prep Media volleyball poll, which was released on Monday.

The Kernels, who finished 21-6 last season, received 30 points in the first Class AA poll of the season. Mitchell opens the season on Aug. 25 at the Huron Invitational.

Rapid City Stevens was tabbed No. 1 in the Class AA poll, with 14 first-place votes and 83 total points. Sioux Falls Washington is No. 2. Sioux Falls O’Gorman and Watertown are third and fourth, respectively.

In Class A, McCook Central/Montrose is No. 4 with 39 total points. Sioux Falls Christian is No. 1 in Class A with 17 first-place votes and 89 points. Winner is in the receiving votes portion with six total points.

In Class B, Ethan checks in at No. 4 with 18 total points. Hanson and Burke are in the receiving votes section. Northwestern is No. 1 in Class B with 17 first-place votes and 89 total points.

The poll consists of voters from daily newspapers, radio stations and television stations across the state. The poll be released each week on Mondays during the season.

VOLLEYBALL

S.D. MEDIA POLL

Here is the 2018 South Dakota Media preseason volleyball poll. Teams are listed with first place votes in parenthesis, final 2017 record, points and final 2017 ranking.

CLASS AA

  1. R.C. Stevens (14) 28-10 83 4
  2. S.F. Washington (3) 22-14 64 NR
  3. O'Gorman 18-17 36 5
  4. Watertown 16-9 31 RV
  5. Mitchell 21-6 30 2

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Harrisburg (23-1, 1 first place vote, No. 1 in final 2017 poll) 17; S.F. Roosevelt (12-20) 5; Aberdeen Central (17-7, No. 3 in final 2017 poll) 2; Huron (16-11) 1

CLASS A

  1. S.F. Christian (17) 30-2 89 1
  2. Miller (1) 26-7 53 5
  3. Dakota Valley 28-4 44 2
  4. McCook Central-Montrose 21-10 39 NR
  5. Dell Rapids 19-10 20 NR

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Madison (27-5, No. 3 in final 2017 poll) 14; Winner (19-10) 6; Sioux Valley (26-6) 3; Belle Fourche (25-5) 2

NOTE: Parker, No. 4 in the final 2017 poll, did not receive any votes

CLASS B

  1. Northwestern (17) 36-1 89 1
  2. Warner (1) 30-5 63 2
  3. Chester Area 27-5 59 3
  4. Ethan 21-4 18 RV
  5. Philip 26-2 14 5

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Hanson (27-3, No. 4 in final 2017 poll) 6; Arlington (21-10) 4; Burke (29-7) 4; Deubrook (26-9) 4; Herreid-Selby Area (26-4) 4; Faith (18-14) 3; Faulkton (17-10) 1

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