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Kernels top Tigers in up and down match

HARRISBURG--The Mitchell High School volleyball team rode a rollercoaster on Tuesday. The Kernels knocked off Eastern South Dakota Conference rival Harrisburg in a five-set marathon match. Mitchell controlled the first, later trailed 2-1 and rall...

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HARRISBURG-The Mitchell High School volleyball team rode a rollercoaster on Tuesday.

The Kernels knocked off Eastern South Dakota Conference rival Harrisburg in a five-set marathon match. Mitchell controlled the first, later trailed 2-1 and rallied for the five-set victory. Set scores were 25-13, 20-25, 15-25, 25-17 and 15-10.

"We saw some really good things and obviously how important ball control is and keeping the momentum and not giving it to the other team and then actually doing a really good job of taking the momentum back," Mitchell coach Deb Thill said. "It was kind of a rollercoaster of a match."

After the Kernels (13-6, 5-3 ESD) fell behind 2-1, they regained momentum with a strong fourth and fifth sets. Thill said Mitchell eliminated the errors and communicated better down the stretch.

"We came out really strong and won 25-13 and then kind of gave them the momentum right back," Thill said. "They won the next two and then we just took it right back from them and played really well in sets four and five."

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Mitchell's top hitters-Chelsea Brewster, Carly Haring and Mackenzie Miller-were at it again on Tuesday. Brewster led the Kernels with 17 kills, Haring knocked down 16 and Miller added 15.

"We were really very successful on the outside tonight with Mac and Chelsea," Thill said. "They took some really good swings out there."

Brewster added 15 digs and three aces. Haring also had six blocks. Mandy Schmidt dished out 40 assists and added 12 digs.

The Kernels host No. 3 Sioux Falls Washington at 7 p.m. on Friday at the MHS Gym. Mitchell has four matches left in the regular season.

"We just have to keep working every day," Thill said. "We talked about that today, just keep working every day to get better. We still we have got a few weeks left of our season. So there is a lot of opportunity for us to keep improving."

Subvarsity scores:

Junior varsity: Mitchell won.

Sophomore: Harrisburg won.

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Freshman A: Harrisburg won.

Freshman B: Harrisburg won.

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