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Burke knocks off No. 7 Wolsey-Wessington in four sets for Class B's lone upset in SoDak 16

Cougars reach their fourth Class B state tournament in five seasons

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The Burke volleyball team celebrates a point during a Class B SoDak 16 match Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021 at the Corn Palace. (Marcus Traxler / Republic)

From the first serve, the Burke Cougars were on their game Tuesday night in the Class B SoDak 16.

And that strong performance locked up a fourth trip to the state tournament in the last five years for 10th-seeded Burke with a 3-1 win over No. 7-seeded Wolsey-Wessington at the Corn Palace. Set scores were 25-15, 25-20, 21-25 and 25-16.

“We really knew we would need to play with a lot of energy and be on our game from the jump and the girls really responded,” Burke coach Billie Jo Indahl said. “I couldn’t be more proud of them for the way they started the match and then carried it all the way through.”

As the only lower-seeded team to win on Tuesday, Burke (29-8) will be the No. 8 seed at the Class B state tournament on Nov. 18 in Rapid City, taking on region rival Platte-Geddes (32-4) in the state quarterfinals. The teams played twice during the regular season, with Platte-Geddes winning both.

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Burke's Elenna Koenig hits an attack at the net during a Class B SoDak 16 match Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021 at the Corn Palace. (Marcus Traxler / Republic)

On Tuesday night, Burke got off to a strong start in part because of its effort at the net. The Cougars had 15 block assists in the match, which was among the team’s best performances of the season. Burke led 11-3 and 13-4 in the first set, with the Warbirds visibly frustrated with the start of the match and the Cougars’ success at slowing down high-powered hitter Mya Boomsma. The Warbirds were able to get within six points late in the set, but the Cougars scored the final four points, including Adisyn Indahl posting an ace and a kill that rolled off the tape of the net for the final two points.

“We knew we had to come out confident and bring that energy,” Indahl said. “They did that and they kept it through the entire match,”

The Cougars pulled away in Set 2 by breaking a 10-all tie with a 9-2 run. Again, Wolsey-Wessington climbed back into the set, getting within one but never overtaking Burke, which closed on a 4-0 run. The two teams reversed roles in the third set, with Wolsey-Wessington leading decisively early, before Burke tied the set at 20. Leah Williams had a kill and a block to put the Warbirds ahead and then Wolsey-Wessington eked out the final point once Burke pulled within 24-23.

Burke never trailed in the fourth set and Kailee Frank’s kill from the left side sealed the match victory for the Cougars, who became the seventh lower-seeded team to advance in Class B from the SoDak 16 since 2017.

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Burke's Kate Weborg hits a serve during during a Class B SoDak 16 match Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021 at the Corn Palace. (Marcus Traxler / Republic)

“Our coaches really got us pumped up in the locker room and we knew we were prepared from practice and we knew we just had to go out there and play strong from the start,” Frank, a freshman, said.

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Adisyn Indahl finished with 20 points and 39 digs. Frank had 14 kills, Paige Bull had five kills and six total blocks, with four from Hailey Haiar. Elenna Koenig also added five kills. Ava Sargent had 16 set assists and Elle Witt had 15 assists for the Cougars.

“I’m just really proud of this team and how we’ve come together and really worked as a group to play our best,” said Adisyn Indahl. “I think we saw a lot of that come through tonight for us.”

For W-W, Boomsma had 15 kills, 12 digs and three aces to lead the Warbirds, with Leah Williams finishing with 10 kills and 16 digs. Macie Luce had 13 assists, Lainey Uttecht had 21 digs and Giyanna Richmond had four blocks and four kills in the effort, with Wolsey-Wessington’s attempt to reach a first state volleyball tournament in school history coming up one match short.

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Traxler is the assistant editor and sports editor for the Mitchell Republic. He's worked for the newspaper since 2014 and has covered a wide variety of topics. He can be reached at mtraxler@mitchellrepublic.com.
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