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Kernels comeback falls short

PIERRE--The Mitchell High School volleyball team's season came to an end on Saturday but head coach Deb Thill said her team "left it all on the floor".

PIERRE-The Mitchell High School volleyball team's season came to an end on Saturday but head coach Deb Thill said her team "left it all on the floor".

A Kernel comeback was cut short as Pierre edged Mitchell 3-2 in a Class AA elimination game. Set scores were 23-25, 26-24, 25-21, 26-28 and 15-7.

"We played very well and it was our best serve-receive game of the year," Thill said. "We had some really good offensive numbers and we were in a position to win."
Haley Burdick led Mitchell with 15 kills and five blocks, while Ally Goldammer added 12 kills and three blocks.

Thill said Mitchell committed eight errors in the fifth set that hurt the Kernels chances of keeping their season alive.

"When you only play to 15, you can't afford to make eight unforced errors," Thill said. "But, we were in a fifth set with a chance to win and I was very happy with how the kids played."

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Mitchell had a chance to set two, but the Governors battled back after Mitchell had a set point to even the match at 1-1. Set three was back-and-forth and Mitchell faced elimination in set four, but the Kernels battled back to forced a fifth and final set.

"Our kids battled," Thill said. "We were aggressive and that was great to see."

Mackenzie Miller, Mandy Schmidt and Brenna Morgan each had double-doubles for the Kernels in the loss. Miller had 11 kills and 21 digs, while Schmidt had 23 assists and 10 digs and Morgan finished with 16 assists and 10 digs.

Chelsea Brewster had seven kills and 12 digs and Lauren Larson had 17 digs.

The loss ended Mitchell's season at 3-22, but Thill said her team grew throughout the season.

"If you measure success in how well you improve and how hard you work every day, this team was very successful," Thill said. "They played their last match like it wasn't going to be their last match."

Mitchell will say goodbye to three seniors-Goldammer, Morgan and McKenzie Kotrba.

"They were are three captains this year and they led us on the floor and off the floor," Thill said. "All three of them are going to be very successful in whatever they choose to do after high school."

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