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Parkston falls to No. 1 Sioux Falls Christian in Class A quarterfinal

The top-ranked Chargers won three sets to none on Thursday afternoon.

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Parkston's Mya Nuebel, right, and Brielle Bruening go up for a block on Sioux Falls Christian's Sydney Tims during the first day of the Class A state tournament on Thursday at the Summit Arena in Rapid City. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Matt Gade

RAPID CITY — Top-seeded Sioux Falls Christian proved too much for No. 8 Parkston in a Class A quarterfinal match, as the Chargers swept the Trojans on Thursday afternoon at the Summit Arena. Set scores were 25-6, 25-14 and 25-18.

Sioux Falls Christian (33-4), which has not lost to a team from South Dakota this season, looked every bit the juggernaut they proved to be during the regular season. The Chargers smothered Parkston early and surged to a 2-0 set lead.

At the state tournament for the first time since 2007, the Trojans (21-15) drew as close as 20-16 late in set three, but appearing in their 15th consecutive state tournament, the Chargers rebuffed the Trojans. Sioux Falls Christian will match up with No. 4 Wagner in the first Class A semifinal on Friday night.

Katie VanEgdom paced the Chargers with 16 kills along with 13 digs, as Sydney Tims wasn’t far behind with 12 kills, a team-high 17 digs and two ace serves, and Addisen Barber put up 34 assists.

For Parkston, Allison Ziebart led the way with five kills and six digs, while Brielle Bruening had four kills, five digs and one solo block. Mya Nuebel added six digs, two kills and two aces, with Faith Oakley contributing 10 assists and three digs. The Trojans play in the consolation bracket semifinals against No. 5 Hill City at 1 p.m. Central time on Friday.

Dierks covers prep and collegiate athletics across the Mitchell Republic's coverage region area, focusing on Mitchell High School football and boys basketball and area high school football, volleyball and basketball, as well as Dakota Wesleyan women's basketball. He was also the lead on the Mitchell Republic Gridiron Spotlight, producing video and providing live play-by-play for the traveling weekly prep football broadcast during its first season in the fall of 2021. Dierks is a Mitchell native who graduated from South Dakota State University with his bachelor's degree in journalism in May 2020. He joined the Mitchell Republic sports staff in August 2021. He can be reached at ldierks@mitchellrepublic.com and found on Twitter at @LDierksy.
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