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Mitchell volleyball completes weekend sweep with three-set win over Rapid City Central

Mitchell improves to 11-9 with three matches left in the regular season.

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It took a few extra points on more than one occasion, but the Mitchell High School volleyball team completed a weekend sweep of the Rapid City schools Saturday with a three-set win over Rapid City Stevens.

Set scores were 25-15, 28-26 and 26-24.

The match included a school record nine blocks from Sawyer Stoebner in the victory. Stoebner had two solo blocks and seven block assists in the game. The previous record was shared by five players (Melinda Oster in 1996, Kayla Haines in 2005, Dana Misiaszek in 2010, Taylin Alm in 2012 and Carly Haring in 2017 and 2018).

Mitchell got to a fast start in the match, scoring eight of the first nine points and leading by as many as 11 points before claiming the opening set. In the second frame, the Cobblers had a 15-11 lead and then Mitchell went on a 8-1 run to rally. The Cobblers were able to fend off three Kernel set points before Mitchell was finally able to take a 2-0 match lead at 28-26.

The third set was close throughout before the Cobblers got a slight edge late and had a 24-22 set-point opportunity, only to see Mitchell respond with four straight points to close out the match.

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Kaspen Alm had 16 kills to pace the Kernels' offense. Lizzie Tyler had 22 digs, 17 assists, eight kills, five total blocks and three aces. Sarah Sebert had 16 digs and Taylor Haring added eight. The Kernels had seven aces, including two from Jurzee Gregg.

It was the ninth-straight loss for the Cobblers (6-24), who host Spearfish on Tuesday, Oct. 26. Mitchell had beaten Rapid City Stevens on Friday night in four sets, picking up victories on back-to-back days for the second time this season, and finishing the regular season 6-0 against Class AA West River opponents.

Mitchell (11-9) is back in action for a Tuesday, Oct. 26, match at Huron, with first serve scheduled for 7 p.m.

In subvarsity action, Mitchell's junior varsity and sophomore teams both won, with the freshmen B team emerging victorious and the freshmen A team falling to the Cobblers.

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