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Mitchell drops ESD match against Pierre in 3 sets

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Mitchell's Katy Sebert (16) and Pierre's Kenzie Gronlund (9) battle at the net for the ball during a match on Tuesday night in the Mitchell High School gym. (Matt Gade / Republic)

The Mitchell High School volleyball team cleaned up its serve-receive after the first set, but it didn’t result in a victory against Pierre on Tuesday.

The Kernels were swept by the Governors, 25-15, 25-21 and 25-22 in an Eastern South Dakota Conference match at MHS gym.

Mitchell (4-21) fell behind in the opening set as the Governors (8-11) staked an early 18-11 advantage.

“In the first set, we really struggled on our serve-receive and I thought we did a great job of fixing that the rest of the match and that’s why the match was closer,” Mitchell coach Deb Thill said.

Once the Kernels cleaned up their serve-receive, they were able to trade points with the Governors. However, costly runs proved to be too much.

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“We had a lot more offensive opportunities to score points and unfortunately we didn’t take advantage of all of them that we probably should have,” Thill said. “We had some errors that obviously the game is going to be a game of errors and I felt that we scored too many for them.”

In the second set, Mitchell couldn’t hang onto a 20-18 lead as the Governors closed on a 7-1 spurt. In the third set, Amy Uher’s kill knotted the score at 17-17. However, Mitchell managed just four more points as Pierre closed out the match.

“I thought our kids battled hard all night and you ask them for a battle and ask them for a chance to win and that’s what we had,” Thill said.

Megan Scheurenbrand finished with eight kills, while Uher put down six kills and 15 digs. Regan Waddell finished with four kills. Katy Sebert dished out 21 assists. Sarah Sebert finished with 19 digs.

Up next, the Kernels will play at Harrisburg in their regular-season finale. Mitchell is currently No. 15 in the Class AA standings and will likely play No. 2 Sioux Falls O’Gorman in the SoDak16 match.

But Thill is focused on Thursday first.

“We are going to focus on Thursday and see what we can do and keep asking our kids to battle,” Thill said. “I am very proud of that defensive effort that we put on the floor and their attitudes are amazing. So I think you can’t ask for much more from your team than that.”

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