Burke rolls past Ipswich in three sets for third straight state berth
CHAMBERLAIN -- Burke had to work out of a couple of jams on Tuesday, a snapshot of its season so far.
The Cougars staved off comebacks and completed one of its own when it mattered most to down Ipswich in the SoDak 16, 25-22, 25-21 and 25-23.
“We talked about it all week -- there’s going to be a storm,” Burke coach Billie Jo Indahl said. “We had a storm go through. We know what that’s like. We just have to weather it and overcome it, and I feel like that’s what we’ve done all season. We started that way and we ended that way.”
Burke (32-5) clinched its third straight Class B state tournament appearance, but it looked like the Cougars would need a fourth set to do so. They trailed 12-5 and 20-17, with the Tigers in control.
Ipswich started to hit balls out, sparking the Cougars’ 5-0 run to take a 22-20 lead. Burke didn’t trail again, with the Tigers hitting it into the net to end the match.
“To be honest, we have really good team chemistry,” Burke’s senior outside hitter Taylee Indahl said. “We knew we had to come together as a team to finish the third set.”
Burke’s comeback came after Ipswich (20-7) failed to complete its own. Powered by Taylee Indahl’s eight first-set kills, along with she and Ramee Hanson each serving two aces, the Cougars took a 14-7 lead in the opening set.
The Tigers rallied to tie the match at 17, 18 and 20, but never could complete the comeback. Burke didn’t relinquish the momentum again, winning four of the next five points before closing out the set on one of Indahl’s team-high 22 kills.
“If you can get that first set, I feel like that’s a huge momentum goer for us,” coach Indahl said. “To finish that first set was huge.”
Indahl also added 16 digs in the win. Bobbi Jo Wischmann dished out 25 assists.
“(Taylee) wanted it so bad,” coach Indahl said. “... Sometimes you have to seperate being a mom and a coach and that’s not always easy, but I’m so happy for her to come out and play well. She’s such a stellar player. She’s our go-to girl and I knew she was going to come out tonight and put the ball down when we needed her to.”
Burke lost the first three points of the second set and were tied at 7-all before going on a 9-2 run, punctuated by Sally Hakin’s block. She finished with a team-high four blocks.
Burke kept Ipswich at a distance, as the Tigers only crawled under a five-point deficit when Burke had 24 points.
Hanson served three aces and Lainee Schonebaum recorded 15 digs, six kills and three blocks.
“It feels great,” Taylee Indahl said. “It feels awesome. Being a senior, going out with a bang my last year, it feels amazing. I have amazing teammates to do it with me, so I’m very excited to go for the third year in a row.”
Burke will have the No. 6 seed in the state tournament and will face No. 3 Ethan at 5:30 p.m. Central on Nov. 21 at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City.