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Area volleyball roundup: No. 2 Warner captures Hanson Early Bird

Avon's Lauren Sees puts down a kill past Freeman Academy/Marion's Destini Miller (20) and Odalite Pankratz (10) on Thursday at the Hanson Early Bird Tournament in Alexandria. Avon's Natalie Zacharias is in the background. (Ryan Deal / Republic)

ALEXANDRIA—Class B No. 2 Warner swept Sanborn Central/Woonsocket to claim the Hanson Early Bird Tournament on Thursday. Set scores were 25-10 and 25-18.

Warner (3-0): Peyton Fisher led the Monarchs with 12 assists, while Laurie Rogers delivered 10 kills. Meanwhile, Sydney Leidholt had a tremendous all-around performance, with seven assists, five kills, five digs, three aces and two blocks.

Sanborn Central/Woonsocket (2-1): Madi Moody dished out seven assists and came up with eight digs in the loss, while Kaylee White had eight digs and five assists. Tesa Jensen had seven kills.

Sanborn Central/Woonsocket hosts Hanson in Sanborn on Tuesday. Warner hosts Webster Area on Tuesday.

Platte-Geddes 2, Hanson 1

ALEXANDRIA—Platte-Geddes downed Hanson in the third-place match at the Early Bird tournament. Set scores were 16-25, 25-21 and 25-14.

Platte-Geddes (2-1): Haley Hoffman had 12 assists, while Sawyer Naasz had eight kills and nine digs. Tori Weins added seven kills, three digs, three blocks and two aces. Courtney Neuman also had 13 digs and Regan Stegmeier pitched in 11 digs.

Hanson (1-2): Jacy Waldera had a strong performance in defeat with a match-high 21 assists as eight different Beavers recorded a kill. Morgan Huber led Hanson with six kills and three digs.

Hanson plays Sanborn Central/Woonsocket at Sanborn Central on Tuesday. Platte-Geddes hosts Corsica-Stickney in Platte on Tuesday.

Andes Central/Dakota Christian 2, Gayville-Volin 1

ALEXANDRIA—Andes Central/Dakota Christian survived its first match of the day in the Early Bird tournament against Gayville-Volin in a high-scoring three-set affair. Set scores were 25-22, 26-28 and 27-25.

Andes Central/Dakota Christian (2-1): Brianna Deurmier dished out 25 assists, many of them going to Isabel Pheifer and Mackenzie Muckey, who had 10 kills apiece. The duo was also strong on defense, leading the team with 13 and 11 digs, respectively. Tyra Medicine Horn had six kills, five digs and three aces.

Gayville-Volin (1-2): Abby Larson had 21 assists in defeat, while Olivia Petrik came up with 21 digs and Molly Larson had 17. Lily Hunsley had a match-high 13 kills for Gayville-Volin.

Andes Central/Dakota Christian plays Bon Homme in Lake Andes on Tuesday. Gayville-Volin hosts Canistota in Gayville on Tuesday.

Avon 2, Freeman Academy/Marion 0

ALEXANDRIA—Avon won its first match of the day in the Early Bird tournament, battling through two close sets to defeat Freeman Academy/Marion. Set scores were 25-23 and 25-20.

Avon (1-2): Madisyn Cameron had nine assists and eight digs, while KaCee Zacharias had five digs and four kills for the Pirates.

Freeman Academy/Marion (0-3): Andrea Wallman had a match-high seven kills, while Katelyn Johansen dazzled with 35 assists and five digs. Mayson Preheim had six digs in the loss.

Freeman Academy/Marion plays Menno in Freeman on Thursday and Avon plays at Parkston on Tuesday.

Andes Central/Dakota Christian 2, Avon 0

ALEXANDRIA—Andes Central/Dakota Christian may have won in a two-set sweep to take fifth place in the Early Bird tournament in Alexandria, but it couldn't come any closer. Set scores were 26-24 and 26-24.

Andes Central/Dakota Christian (2-1): Tyra Medicine Horn led her team with nine kills, nine digs and three blocks, while Mackenzie Muckey had 13 digs and four kills and Brianna Deurmier added nine assists and four digs.

Avon (1-2): Madisyn Cameron recorded 12 assists and nine digs, while Katie Gretschmann (13), Sammi Brodeen (12) and KaCee Zacharias (12) all reach double-digits in digs.

Gayville-Volin 2, Freeman Academy/Marion 0

ALEXANDRIA—Gayville-Volin registered its first win of the season with a win over Freeman Academy/Marion in the seventh-place match at the Early Bird tournament. Set scores were 25-22 and 25-19.

Gayville-Volin (1-2): Abby Larson had 10 assists, Olivia Petrik added 10 digs and Lily Hunsley recorded five kills in the win.

Freeman Academy/Marion (0-3): Katelyn Johnson led the way with 10 assists and four digs in the loss. Emily Heeg had a team-high four kills and also had two digs.

Wagner 3, Vermillion 0

WAGNER—Wagner opened up its 2018 campaign with a prep volleyball sweep against Vermillion on Thursday. Set scores were 25-14, 25-17 and 25-23

Wagner (1-0): Faith Tyler paced the Red Raiders with three aces, 11 kills and 14 digs. Abby Brunsing put down 13 kills, while Lizzie Tyler dished out 18 assists. Emliea Cimpl finished with five aces and eight assists. Wagner plays at the Parkston Tournament on Saturday.

Kimball/White Lake 3, Gregory 0

GREGORY—Kimball/White Lake opened its season with road win at Gregory, taking all three sets, 25-13, 25-17, 25-21.

Kimball/White Lake (1-0): Senior setter Heather Munson dished out 18 assists, while Grace Konechne had 12 digs and Kennedy Leiferman added nine kills.

Gregory (0-1): The Gorillas were led by libero Jaslee Kerner, who lived up to her title of defensive specialist with a match-high 13 digs. Sydney Svatos had nine assists in the loss.

Kimball/White Lake plays at Ethan on Tuesday and Gregory hosts St. Francis Indian on the same night.

Howard 3, Oldham-Ramona/Rutland 0

HOWARD—In its opening match of the season, Howard dispatched visiting Oldham-Ramona/Rutland in three sets, 25-14, 25-16, 25-18.

Howard (1-0): Good passing was key, as Mia Glanzer led the way with 32 assists, while teammate Emma Rudebusch added 20. Rudebusch also had five digs and Kyra Shumaker had eight. Katlyn Feldhaus led Howard with eight kills and Aleya Kizer had seven.

Oldham-Ramona/Rutland (0-1): Khloe Teiman had 19 assists in defeat, while Avery Hyland had six kills and Kylie Anderson had five kills and nine digs. Riley Aschmeller had 10 digs

Howard travels to Mitchell Christian on Saturday. Oldham-Ramona/Rutland plays in a tournament at Flandreau on Saturday.

Estelline/Hendricks 3, Wessington Springs 1

ESTELLINE—Estelline/Hendricks knocked off Wessington Springs in a prep volleyball match on Thursday. Set scores were 25-18, 25-15, 22-25 and 25-22.

Estelline/Hendricks (2-0): Sophie Johnson finished with 13 kills, 13 digs, two blocks and three aces. Brinn Begalka added 24 assists. Estelline/Hendricks hosts Wilmot on Saturday.

Wessington Springs (0-1): Maddie Neely led the Spartans with 11 kills and three aces. Piper Jones added six kills and three blocks. Chasity Vissia had 23 assists and Sierra Burg added 19 digs. Wessington Springs hosts Iroquois on Tuesday.

Menno 3, Centerville 0

MENNO—Menno opened its volleyball season with a sweep against Centerville. Set scores were 25-8, 25-6 and 25-9.

Menno (1-0): Jaedyn Oplinger led Menno with 12 assists and five digs, while Jess Oplinger had nine assists, three digs and three aces. Hailey Handel had seven digs and five kills. Eisley Saylor added six kills, four digs and two aces. Morgan Edelman chipped in seven digs and four aces. Menno plays Tripp-Delmont/Armour in Tripp on Tuesday.

Centerville (0-1): Sophie Eide led Centerville with eight assists and Kalie Barckley had five digs. Centerville hosts Freeman on Sept. 4.