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Mitchell pounds past Pierre

On Friday, the Mitchell High School volleyball team bounced back in convincing fashion. Three days after the team's second loss of the season to No. 1 Harrisburg, the No. 2-ranked Kernels got into rhythm early and pounded their way past Pierre 3-...

Mitchell's Payton Morgan, left, and Chelsea Brewster, right, try to block a shot by Pierre's Emry Heiss, center, during an Eastern South Dakota Conference volleyball match on Friday at the Mitchell High School gym. (Eric Mayer / Republic)
Mitchell's Payton Morgan, left, and Chelsea Brewster, right, try to block a shot by Pierre's Emry Heiss, center, during an Eastern South Dakota Conference volleyball match on Friday at the Mitchell High School gym. (Eric Mayer / Republic)

On Friday, the Mitchell High School volleyball team bounced back in convincing fashion.

Three days after the team's second loss of the season to No. 1 Harrisburg, the No. 2-ranked Kernels got into rhythm early and pounded their way past Pierre 3-0 in an Eastern South Dakota Conference volleyball match at the MHS gym. Set scores were 25-20, 25-21 and 25-17.

On its annual Team Pink night, Mitchell (18-2) jumped out to a 7-1 lead, forcing an early Pierre timeout.

"We started off really well," MHS head coach Deb Thill said. "Pierre did a really good job of playing defense. They dug up a lot of stuff, but I was proud of our kids for settling down and playing well."

From the early 7-1 lead, the Kernels built a 20-11 lead, but the Governors cut that lead down to 20-16 before Mitchell wrapped up set one for a 25-20 victory.

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In the second set, the two teams were back-and-forth throughout the first 20 points. Leading 21-20, Mitchell took advantage of a missed Pierre serve and rallied for a 25-21 win and a 2-0 lead.

"We didn't do ourselves any favors," Pierre head coach Chris Swiden said about his team's missed serves. "Mitchell's one of the top teams in the state and our goal was to come in and compete. We did a lot of things well but we couldn't match their intensity and the power of some of their hits."

A block by Carly Haring ended a long point and pushed Mitchell ahead 15-13 in the middle of the third set. From there, the Kernels ran away with the match closing on a 10-4 run to win 25-17.

"You could tell our offense was a lot stronger," Thill said. "But I thought defensively, we made some nice plays as well."

Leading the way for Mitchell was Mackenzie Miller, who recorded 11 kills and 10 digs for a double-double. Chelsea Brewster added a double-double with 10 kills, 12 digs, four aces and two blocks and Haring finished with seven kills.

Mandy Schmidt had 27 assists and six digs, Brooke Flemmer tallied two aces and one dig and

Bridget Thill finished with six digs.

With three regular season games remaining, Thill said her team is working on improving its passing.

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"Passing the ball and staying in system as much as you can," Thill said.

Mitchell takes on Yankton at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in Yankton, while Pierre (6-13) hosts Watertown tonight in Pierre.

Subvarsity

JV: Mitchell won 25-8 and 25-23. Regan Waddell had seven kills and one block. Lesley VanDrongelen had 14 digs and two aces.

Sophomore: Pierre won 25-15 and 25-23.

Freshman A: Pierre won 25-16 and 25-18.

Freshman B: Pierre won 25-22, 17-25 and 25-13.

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