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Kernel volleyball outlasts Pierre in five-set thriller

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Mitchell's Lizzie Tyler, right, goes up for a kill against Pierre on Tuesday at TF Riggs gym.

PIERRE -- The Mitchell High School volleyball team earned its first five-set victory of the season.

The Kernels, who entered Tuesday’s match 0-2 in five-set matches, recorded a 20-25, 25-23, 25-27, 25-19 and 15-13 win over Pierre in an Eastern South Dakota Conference match.

“We hadn’t played for a week and the last time we played we didn’t serve and serve-receive very well,” Mitchell coach Deb Thill said. “That was the best part of our game tonight which led to an opportunity to win. So our team passed really well and played defense very well.”

The Kernels and Governors traded the first two sets, while Pierre captured a tight third set by just two points. But despite the 2-1 deficit on the road, the Kernels squeezed out the final two sets.

“It was very, very loud and Pierre is very scrappy,” Thill said. “They had a lot of kids there and they were really loud, but we kind of rose to that and really played well. We scraped right with them and both sides had some really good plays and we were fortunate to win, but I think our kids deserved to win, too.”

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Offensively, Kaspen Alm led the way with 17 kills. Cameryn Logan added 15 kills, 20 digs and two aces. Sarah Sebert added 35 digs, while Katy Sebert posted 43 assists and three blocks. Lizzie Tyler logged seven kills, 10 digs and four aces.

Mitchell (6-13) hosts Harrisburg at 7 p.m. on Thursday at MHS gym.

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