Kernel volleyball tops Brookings in four sets
BROOKINGS -- After dropping the first set, the Mitchell High School volleyball team rallied to knock off Brookings in four sets on Tuesday.
Set scores were 20-25, 25-16, 28-26 and 25-23 in the Eastern South Dakota Conference volleyball match.
The Kernels tightened up their serve-receive after the first set, and that sparked the turnaround, said coach Deb Thill.
“At the end of the first set, we just talked about fundamentally passing the ball better and our kids did that the rest of the match,” Thill said. “Our setters -- Jurzee (Gregg) and Katy (Sebert) -- did a really good job of mixing things up offensively.”
Thill also said the Kernels were strong at the net, while Taylor Giblin and Madeline Hegg did well at the service line.
Mitchell’s serving is also what propelled it past the Bobcats in the final two sets.
“We had to comeback in both of them,” Thill said. “We did that on the strength of some serving. It was good for our kids to fight down the end and then give ourselves a chance to win and come through.”
Gregg led the Kernels with 16 assists, seven digs and five aces. Cameryn Logan paced the offense with 11 kills, nine digs and three aces. Katy Sebert added 16 assists and 15 digs. Lizzie Tyler finished with seven kills and 15 digs. Taylor Haring logged four blocks and seven kills. Sarah Sebert notched 22 digs.
The Kernels (4-7) will have exactly a week before they host Yankton on Oct. 13. It will be the start of three matches in five days.
“We’ve got to work on some things,” Thill added. “We just put in a new offense. So we have to tweak some things to go along with that as well. So we are going to have some time to do that.”