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RAPID CITY -- The Wagner volleyball team shook off its first game loss in more than three months and refocused. The Red Raiders had one thing on their minds: turning the game around to win the Class A state title. The team dominated its way through the first two rounds of the tournament, winning both games in 3-0 sweeps. But all of a sudden the Red Raiders had their backs to the wall at the most crucial time. "They don't like to lose. Not even a game to 25," Tyler said. "We started out a little sluggish on defense and we weren't talking. Then I just told them, 'No regrets.
RAPID CITY -- The Wagner volleyball team crushed defending state champion Sioux Falls Christian Friday night, sending the Red Raiders to the Class A state championship game. The Red Raiders' setter, Keaya Weber, tossed passes to numerous hitters in the match, helping No. 1 seeded Wagner sweep the fourth seeded Chargers 25-19, 25-13 and 25-19. Wagner plays No. 2 Harrisburg for the Class A state title today at 5 p.m.
RAPID CITY -- The Mount Vernon offense decided to take charge Friday in the consolation semifinals of the Class B state volleyball tournament. After head coach Darcy Deinert said her team played "not to lose" on Thursday against Philip, the team turned around and showed its offensive firepower against the eighth-seeded Faulkton Trojans Friday. No. 5 Mount Vernon swept Faulkton 25-12, 25-20 and 25-13 to advance to the consolation championship match. The Fillies now get to avenge their only regular-season loss in the consolation championship match against Kimball today at 9 a.m.
RAPID CITY -- The Winner volleyball team put together a crucial 10-1 run in the fourth game of its match against St. Thomas More Friday morning in Rapid City at the state high school volleyball tournament. Trailing 21-15, Winner took a time out and then started its scoring frenzy. Sharee Galbraith had kills and blocks at the net, helping push the team to a decisive Game 5. The eighth-seeded Warriors ended up upsetting the No. 5 Cavaliers 25-18, 23-25, 17-25, 25-22 and 15-9. "We've had to make a few comebacks this year," Warrior head coach Jaimie Keiser said.
RAPID CITY -- The Kimball volleyball team survived a scare after taking the opening two games against seventh-seeded Harding County Friday. The two teams were fighting for the right to go to the Class B consolation championship match at the state high school volleyball tournament, and the Kiotes came out on top in a dramatic five games. Game scores were 25-12, 28-26, 22-25, 14-25 and 15-13. The two teams matched each other almost point for point in the fifth game, until Kimball pulled away at 13-9. Heather Spier had four of her 19 kills in the decisive game.
RAPID CITY - Three of the local area teams in the state volleyball won their consolation matches Friday morning, sending all three to the consolation championship match Saturday morning. Mount Vernon swept Faulkton, and Kimball and Winner each took their opponents to five games. After losing to Philip in the opening round, No. 5 seed Mount Vernon handily defeated No. 8 Faulkton in a three-game sweep. Set scores of the match were 25-12, 25-20 and 25-13. Sarah Vermeulen led the team with 10 digs, and she also added eight kills.
RAPID CITY -- Wagners' first round jitters didn't show in its three-game sweep of Winner Thursday afternoon at the Class A state high school volleyball tournament, even though head coach Amy Tyler said the nerves were shaking. No. 1 seeded Wagner dropped No. 8 Winner for the second time this season 25-19, 25-23, and 25-20. "I am happy, but I think the girls expect more out of their play than what they produced tonight," Tyler said. "However, they were just content with getting a 3-0 win." Wagner wasn't the only team with jitters.
RAPID CITY -- Leading by six points at 21-15 in Game 1, the Kimball Kiotes allowed Arlington to take the game's momentum. The Cardinals tied the game at 23 and took off from there. The Kiotes were swept by the No. 3 seeded Arlington Cardinals in the first round of the Class B state volleyball tournament Thursday in Rapid City. Kimball lost its third match of the year, 25-23, 25-8 and 25-16. "I really felt like we let down," Kimball head coach Sarah Deffenbaugh said. "We needed to find a second gear and we just couldn't find it." With only one loss to a Class B team all season, No.
RAPID CITY -- The Mount Vernon volleyball team was swept by Philip in the first round of the Class B state volleyball tournament Thursday in Rapid City, dropping just its second match all season. No. 4 Philip went on an 8-3 run in the opening set, helping the team to a 25-15 rout. The second and third games were much closer. Fifth-seeded Mount Vernon made some rotational changes, helping the Fillies slow down Philip's offense.
The Mount Vernon volleyball team was given a No. 5 seed for its 25-1 record this season for the Class B state volleyball tournament, which starts today. Thirty-eight miles straight west down I-90, the Kimball volleyball team received a No. 6 seed for its 26-2 record on the season. The two teams will make the long trip down the interstate to Rapid City, as the first round of the state tournament opens this afternoon. The Mount Vernon Fillies defeated Marion in three games in the Region 5B final on Nov. 11, advancing to the state tournament for the first time since 2005.