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Hanson falls flat in loss to Wolverines

Hanson's Brooke Weber, right, hits an attack past the block of Herreid/Selby Area's Madalyn Schumacher, left, during a Class B state volleyball quarterfinal Thursday at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. (Marcus Traxler / Republic)1 / 2
Hanson's Allison Bahmuller (15) hits an attack during a Class B state volleyball quarterfinal Thursday at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. (Marcus Traxler / Republic)2 / 2

RAPID CITY—The Hanson High School volleyball team wasn't itself Thursday afternoon.

And Herreid/Selby Area took full advantage in the Class B state quarterfinals.

The fifth-seeded Wolverines claimed the third and fourth sets for a 3-1 win over the fourth-seeded Beavers at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. Set scores were 25-14, 18-25, 25-21, and 25-17.

"I don't really know why that happened. I'm trying to figure that out, too," Hanson coach Yolanda Price said after the match. "We played with nerves and I think those got us. We played tired and I don't know why that was."

Hanson never looked the part of a team that started 16-0 on the season and lost just twice on the road to state, struggling to communicate and couldn't develop a rhythm to keep the Wolverines off balance.

"We're never a team to point fingers and I felt like we were down on each other," Price said. "We have to learn and grow and fight back (today)."

Herreid/Selby Area stunned the Beavers right out of the gate, leading 12-5 and never letting Hanson climb back, closing on a 6-1 run and winning 25-14.

Hanson played its best set in the second game, leading for most of the way. An Allison Bahmuller kill followed by a block and two kills from Brooke Weber put the Beavers up 20-14 and Hanson closed with five of the final six points. That was followed by a closely contested third set, in which Hanson led 15-12, only for Herreid/Selby Area to rally and tie the match at 19-all. The Beavers could not get any attacks to fall, and Herreid/Selby Area closed with a 6-2 spurt to put the match away.

Hanson had little gas left for the fourth set, with the Wolverines scoring eight of the first 12 points in the frame. The Beavers cut the lead to five points twice late in the set but couldn't complete the rally.

Hanson never had an answer for Charlie Tisdall, the 5-foot-8 senior outside hitter, who finished with 24 kills and 20 digs. Madalyn Schumacher had 11 kills and Rachel Fiedler added 10 kills for Herreid/Selby Area, which claimed its 30th win of the season Thursday.

"We did a good job of passing the ball and getting the ball to our setter (Cassie Anderson) and she did a good job of making something out of nothing a few times for us," Wolverines coach Jody Schmidt said. "We passed well. I don't think they had many ace serves and I thought we did a very good job in serve-receive."

Hanson picked up 13 kills from Jada Campbell, and 10 each from Weber and Brooke Slaba. Heather Kayser had four kills, 38 assists, two aces and a match-high 38 digs, one of five Beavers in double-figures for digs. Weber had 15 digs and two aces. Bahmuller had seven kills, while adding three blocks, as did Campbell.

Hanson now has to pick up the pieces for a 1 p.m. Central match against Faith, which fell in three sets to Northwestern in the opening match Thursday. Price said her team—with nine seniors on the roster—has no choice to but to step up to the challenge."

"The best we can do now is fifth place and we told the kids, that's what we need to make sure we're leaving here with on Saturday," Price said.

Herreid/Selby Area (30-2) 25 18 25 25

Hanson (27-3) 14 25 21 17

Herreid/Selby Area (kills-aces-blocks): Madison Eisemannm 0-1-0 Micah Schaefbauer 0-0-0 Cassie Anderson 0-0-0 Madalyn Schumacher 11-0-3 Hannah Feist 0-0-0 Charlie Tisdall 24-2-0 Jaida Krein 2-0-1 Rachel Fiedler 10-5-1 Nicole Ochsner 0-0-0 Rylee Rossow 0-0-0 Totals 47-9-6

Hanson: Tessa Zens 0-1-0 Ellie Tuschen 0-0-0 Brooke Weber 10-2-1 Jacy Waldera 1-0-1 Heather Kayser 4-2-0 Brooke Slaba 10-0-0 Megan Guericke 0-1-0 Allison Bahmuller 7-0-3 Jada Campbell 13-0-3 Totals 45-6-7

Set assists: HSA 44 (Anderson 39), Hanson 44 (Kayser 38). Digs: HSA 91 (Tisdall 20, Anderson 17, Fiedler 17, Schaefbauer 13, Eisemann 11), Hanson 82 (Kayser 22, Weber 15, Slaba 12, Zens 12, Waldera 10).