It was a sweep, but you wouldn’t know by watching sets two and three.
No. 1 Watertown swept Mitchell in an Eastern South Dakota Conference match on Tuesday at MHS gym. The set scores were 25-14, 25-16 and 25-16.
Despite the sweep, the Kernels caused fits for the Arrows in the final two sets. However, Watertown (13-1) pulled away in each set to complete the sweep.
“We made runs in both sets two and three and I thought we played well in set one,” Mitchell coach Deb Thill said. “It’s just we could not match the power that they have on their team.”
The Arrows, who had 40 total kills, controlled the action in first set. But the Kernels (3-13) had their best chance to steal one in the next set. Mitchell took a 15-14 advantage and forced Watertown to burn a timeout. But the Arrows shot down the run after that and closed with a 10-1 surge.
“We had some errors after that and we kind of strung them together at the wrong time,” Thill said.
Mitchell hung right with Watertown again in the third set, but couldn’t close it out. The Kernels trailed 15-14, but the Arrows used a 6-0 run to seize back control. The Arrows finished it en route to their 11th sweep of the season.
Mitchell outside hitter Amy Uher went down with an injury in the final set, which allowed sophomore Kaspen Alm and freshman Taylor Giblin to see some action. Thill didn’t know the extent of Uher’s injury, but added “hopefully she will be better for Thursday.”
On the serving front, Thill said the Kernels improved in the serve-receive category and they wanted to serve aggressive against the Arrows. They finished with five serving errors on the night.
“We asked our girls to serve aggressive and you have to serve aggressive against a power team like that to try to keep them out of system,” Thill said. “Because when they are in system you can see what they do.”
Megan Scheurenbrand led the Kernels with nine kills. Katy Sebert dished out 14 assists, while Sarah Sebert recorded 12 digs.
For Watertown, Sophie Tietz finished with 13 kills and Maggie Heesch put down 10 kills. Siri Kranz finished with 11 digs.
The Kernels play at Aberdeen Central on Thursday.