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Hanson gets rolling in win over Faith

Hanson's Jacy Waldera, right, blocks an attack from Faith's Jaydon Shoemaker during a Class B state consolation round match Friday at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. (Marcus Traxler / Republic)

RAPID CITY—Hanson coach Yolanda Price had to do something she rarely does Friday afternoon.

After an uninspired effort in the first set against Faith in the Class B state consolation semifinals, Price had to motivate her team with a fiery message in the team huddle.

And it worked. Hanson played more like the team Beaver fans have seen all season and won the next three sets to get past the Longhorns at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center and into the fifth-place match today. Set scores were 23-25, 25-15, 25-17 and 25-18.

"I chewed a little butt" Price said. "But we just needed to play harder and smarter. And in those next three sets, that was the team we've seen all season, not letting balls drop and having a little faith in each other."

Allison Bahmuller, who had six kills for Hanson, said they knew Hanson had to step up its game.

"We didn't want that to happen two days in a row," she said. "We knew we could play better and it really came down to doing a better job as a team. We communicated and played together."

Hanson (28-3) put together a key run in the fourth set to put the match away. Up 15-13, the Beavers scored seven straight points and ended up holding a 22-14 lead, from which Faith (21-13) could not rally.

Price said she appreciated her team's effort, especially when the tournament can become a three-day grind.

"It's hard to come out here and play your best when there's so many things going on and they're long days," she said.

The Beavers got a big game from their big hitters, with Jada Campbell posting 10 kills and four blocks. Brooke Slaba added 10 kills and 12 digs, one of six Hanson players with 10 or more digs. Brooke Weber had eight kills and 12 digs, Tessa Zens had 15 digs and three aces of Hanson's eight aces, and Heather Kayser had 28 set assists and 10 digs in the win.

Mikenzy Miller finished with 13 kills to lead Faith, which also picked up nine kills from Jayden Shoemaker. The Longhorns will face Deubrook Area in Saturday's Class B opener for seventh place.

Hanson will face Burke/South Central at 11:45 a.m. today, with the goal to take home two wins from the state tournament and a fifth-place finish.

"We know what we have to do," Bahmuller said. "I know our team will be ready."

Hanson (28-3) 23 25 25 25

Faith (21-13) 25 15 17 18

Hanson (kills-aces-blocks): Tessa Zens 0-3-0 Morgan Trabing 0-1-0 Brooke Weber 8-0-0 Jacy Waldera 0-1-3 Heather Kayser 5-1-0 Brooke Slaba 10-1-1 Megan Guericke 0-0-0 Allison Bahmuller 6-1-1 Jada Campbell 10-0-4 Totals 39-8-8

Faith: Jayden Shoemaker 9-1-1 Brooklyn Hanson 0-0-0 Kailyn Groves 0-0-0 Aiyana Byrd 6-0-2 Mikenzy Miller 13-1-1 Ariah Engel 0-1-1 Jaydon Delbridge 1-0-0 Sydnie Schauer 2-3-0 Allix Vance 0-0-0 Shianne Price 2-0-2 Triston Delbridge 1-0-0 Brooke Lemmel 1-0-0 Totals 35-7-3

Set assists: Hanson 31 (Kayser 28), Faith 32 (Schauer 29). Digs: Hanson 77 (Zens 15, Weber 12, Slaba 12, Waldera 11, Kayser 10, Trabing 10), Faith 85 (Hanson 23, Shoemaker 16, Schauer 14, Lemmel 13).