Area SoDak 16 volleyball capsules

Freeman's Cara Maske (22) and Rijjy Peterson go to block the kill against Gayville-Volin during the championship match of the Hanson Early Bird tournament on Aug. 29 in Alexandria. (Ryan Deal / Republic)

Prep volleyball teams in Class A and B have a chance to punch their tickets to the state tournament today. The state tournament is Nov. 21-23 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. The eight qualifying teams will be re-seeded.

Here’s a look at each matchup involving an area team:

Winner vs. Hamlin

PARKSTON — Winner and Hamlin meet at 7 p.m. for the first time this season after each came out of their region tournaments. The Warriors (25-4) took down Red Cloud in straight sets in Region 7A, extending their winning streak to 16 matches. The Chargers (18-9) took down Flandreau in four sets in Region 2A.

On the season, Morgan Hammerbeck (357) and Ellie Brozik (313) have both topped 300 kills, in part due to MacKenzie Levi’s team-high 586 assists. Addy Root has added 237 assists and 104 digs. Brozik and Levi have 288 and 287 digs, respectively, while Hammerbeck has 246. Maggie LaCompte is the Warriors’ top server with 55 aces.

Hamlin ended the season 5-1 after hitting a rough patch in the middle of the season.


McCook Central/Montrose vs. Garretson

SIOUX FALLS — For the third time this year, McCook Central/Montrose (23-3) and Garretson (17-9) will face off. The Fighting Cougars won in two sets and four sets this season, but now will need to top the Blue Dragons at 7:30 p.m. at Sioux Falls Roosevelt for a spot at state.

MCM took down Parker in straight sets in Region 5A to clinch a spot in the SoDak 16, while Garretson defeated Baltic in four sets in Region 3A.

The 6-foot-2 Abigail Van Ruler has a team-best 273 kills to go with 28 solo blocks and 39 aces for the Fighting Cougars. Jacy Pulse (320), Aleah Ries (275), Cassy Knudsen (268) and Emily Bies (262) all have more than 200 digs. Pulse also added 222 kills and Ries has put down 196 kills, helping MCM win its last 14 matches.

The Blue Dragons went 8-5 to close the regular season prior to region play.

Avon vs. Chester Area

SIOUX FALLS — Chester Area (23-7) finished second in seed points in Class B behind only undefeated Northwestern. Meanwhile, Avon (19-10) is on the brink of 20 wins after it took down Corsica-Stickney in straight sets in Region 6B. The Flyers and Pirates play at 6 p.m. at Sioux Falls Roosevelt.

Tiffany Pelton has put down 253 kills to go with 122 digs and 29 aces for the Pirates. Natalie Zacharias (160), Maddie Kocmich (147) and Shalayne Nagel (139) all have at least 100 kills, while Katie Gretschmann has a team-high 558 digs. Madisyn Cameron has dished out 669 assists, too. Kocmich has 304 digs during Avon’s 19-win campaign.

After falling to Colman-Egan on Oct. 7 in five sets, the Flyers haven’t lost again. They’re 8-0 and have yet to drop another set. Their prior longest winning streak this year was four matches.

Freeman vs. Warner

HURON — Freeman takes on Warner at 6 p.m. at Huron Arena. The Flyers (21-5) notched their 20th win during Region 5B play, where they defeated Gayville-Volin to make the SoDak 16. Warner defeated Langford Area in straight sets to improve to 26-9.


Cara Maske has 566 assists for the Flyers, helping Emily Miller (379) and Rijjy Peterson finish first and second in kills, respectively. Odalite Pankratz has also topped 100 kills with 132 this season. Miller has 143 digs and 29 solo blocks, with Peterson adding 142 digs and 41 solo blocks. Jaimie Glanzer edged both for the team lead with 148 digs.

Warner is 18-2 since the start of October, including 11 straight-set wins.

Ethan vs. Estelline/Hendricks

HARRISBURG — Ethan (26-6) and Chester Area went back-and-forth for the top spot in Region 4B. The Rustlers took the No. 2 seed, but took down Hanson and Elkton-Lake Benton in region play. Estelline/Hendricks (27-9) defeated Arlington in five sets and Wolsey-Wessington in four sets in Region 3B. The Rustlers and Redhawks play at 7 p.m.

For Ethan, Jada Plastow (392) and Cameryn Logan (360) both topped 300 kills, with Logan also recording team highs of 295 digs and 67 aces. Plastow added 289 digs and Jessica Bartscher recorded 228 to go with her 894 assists.

The Redhawks went 8-2 in their final 10 regular season matches.

Burke vs. Ipswich

CHAMBERLAIN — Burke (31-5) and Ipswich meet at 6 p.m. in the SoDak 16. The Cougars took down Colome and Kimabll/White Lake in straight sets, while Ipswich (20-6) defeated North Central and Sully Buttes to reach 20 wins.

Taylee Indahl has paced the Cougars’ 31-win campaign. She has 520 kills, 53 aces and 374 digs this season. Her younger sister, Adisyn, has added 171 assists, 77 kills and 396 digs. Lainee Schonebaum has a team-high 492 digs, while Ramee Hanson (281) and Bobbi Jo Wischmann (235) each topped 20 digs. Wischmann has 458 assists, while Schonebaum has served 68 aces.

The Tigers have lost back-to-back matches just once this season in mid-September. They won four of their final five matches to end the regular season.


Bridgewater-Emery vs. Kadoka Area

CHAMBERLAIN — Bridgewater-Emery (27-6) finished atop Region 5B, and then took down Viborg-Hurley and Alcester-Hudson in region play. The Huskies play Kadoka Area (29-6) at 7:30 p.m.

The Huskies are on a 15-match winning streak. They took down SoDak 16 qualifier Avon in four sets on Oct. 10, 23-25, 25-16, 25-22 and 28-26. Earlier in the year, Bridgewater-Emery defeated Freeman in four sets, as well.

After a rocky end to the season, Kadoka Area took down Wall and Philip in straight sets in region action. The Kougars were the top seed. They started the season 9-0, but lost four of their last six matches.

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