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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 -- 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.
The Wagner volleyball team defeated Parker in the Region 5A finals last Friday night, sending the Red Raiders to the state tournament, starting Thursday. The Red Raiders put together a 30-1 record and were awarded the No. 1 seed in the Class A tournament. Wagner will be matched up against a familiar area team in the first round. No. 8 seeded Winner and Wagner will open the Class A volleyball tournament at noon MST (1 p.m. CST) at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. Wagner's only loss this year came to a 28-0 Northwestern team in its second match of the season.
MARION -- Things couldn't get much better for Hurley/Marion's Brad Tunge than they are now. High off of what he calls one of the top moments in his life, the Cobras just won the 9AA state football championship on Thursday. His team took down a previously undefeated Ipswich team, 48-28, in the DakotaDome. "When we went out there, I instantly broke a sweat," Tunge said. "I was pumped and ready to go." Tunge escorted his team to victory.
The Mitchell Kernels' Kendra Knight was named to the 2008 Eastern South Dakota All-Conference volleyball team Monday. The senior setter was the only first-team selection for the Kernels, but two of her teammates, senior middle-hitter Taylor Overweg and outside-hitter Stephanie Uher each finished their careers with Mitchell on the honorable mention list. "All three that got on it worked hard," Kernels' head coach Deb Thill said. Knight set up hitters on the team such as Overweg and Uher, and she finished the season averaging 7.2 assists per game.
PARKER -- That final point -- the one that sent the Wagner High School volleyball team to the state tournament -- took just a little longer than normal. The 25th point volley went back and fourth, up and down and into the rafters. As the ball came down, a pass was sent up to Wagner's Jilanne Doom, and she spiked her team to Rapid City. Wagner swept the Parker Pheasants in three games (25-22, 25-16 and 25-18) Friday night in Parker, winning the Region 5A championship. "It was a little stressful," Red Raiders' head coach Amy Tyler said about the final rally point.
VERMILLION -- After two of Avon's seniors went down, running back Earv Archambeau knew he had to step up his game. He had a hand in three of Avon's first four touchdowns, including two rushing scores and a halfback pass to Marshall Cihak in the back of the end zone. He finished with 213 rushing yards and was awarded the Joe Robbie MVP award and the Outstanding Back award for helping Avon rout Gettysburg 37-8 in the 9A state title game Thursday in Vermillion. "I think I stepped it up a little bit," Archambeau said.
VERMILLION -- Already having one game at the DakotaDome under their belts this year, the Avon Pirates have their second game in Vermillion in six days. The 9A championship game between Avon and Gettysburg is scheduled to start today at 2:30 p.m., and the two high-powered offenses should benefit from the turf at the Dome. Avon defeated Sully Buttes in the semifinal round Saturday, 49-14, and Avon head coach Tom Culver said he knew his team's speed would play a factor in the game.
VERMILLION -- After two of Avon's seniors went down, running back Earv Archambeau knew he had to step up his game. He had a hand in three of Avon's first four touchdowns, including two rushing scores and a half back pass to Marshall Cihak in the back of the end zone.