Burke bows out to Faulkton in Class B semifinals
RAPID CITY -- Burke had designs on making some school history, but Faulkton will instead.
The two Class B teams were looking to advance to their first Class B state tournament championship match on Friday at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
The Trojans spoiled Burke’s shot at school history and they will now play Northwestern today in their first-ever state title appearance. The set scores were 25-22, 25-20 and 25-23.
“They are an amazing team,” Burke senior hitter Taylee Indahl said. “I have to give it to them. They came out and they brought it. I think we did, too. We just had a little bit more errors than they did, but they really came out with a lot of confidence and I think we just lacked that a little bit.”
The teams featured a pair of power hitters in Indahl and Faulkton’s Peyton Melius. Indahl put down 21 kills, while Melius smacked 20.
“I’ve played with her before and it’s fun to play against her,” Indahl said. “It’s amazing to watch her, too.”
But Burke coach Billie Jo Indahl said the passing was inconsistent at times for the Cougars (33-6). The Trojans (24-5) finished with 72 digs, while the Cougars had 53.
“We were just a little bit out of sync with our serve receive,” Billie Jo Indahl said. “Normally our serve receive is pretty spot on and we just couldn’t get that pass sometimes where it needed to be so we could run our offense.”
Despite the sweep, the sets were tight throughout the match. Faulkton strung together a few more runs down the stretch to cap off each set.
“We were up by two or three points,” Taylee Indahl said. “We had to keep it going and keep the flow going. We just couldn’t do that really throughout the match.”
Lainee Schonebaum added 12 kills and seven digs. Bobbi Jo Wischmann dished out 29 assists. Sally Hakin and Adisyn Indahl had 12 and 11 kills, respectively.
The Cougars will play Warner at 1:30 p.m. Central today for third place. Burke swept Warner earlier this season.
“We’ve faced Warner before,” Billie Jo Indahl said. “They are going to battle and it’s kind of going to be a match like this. We will have to work and we will have to battle.”