Platte-Geddes rallies past Harding County
SIOUX FALLS--One play may have turned the tide for the Platte-Geddes volleyball team on Friday. Trailing Harding County 1-0 and down 20-18 in the second set, the Black Panthers chased a ball down off the court and with three long passes were able...
SIOUX FALLS-One play may have turned the tide for the Platte-Geddes volleyball team on Friday.
Trailing Harding County 1-0 and down 20-18 in the second set, the Black Panthers chased a ball down off the court and with three long passes were able to get the ball over the net. The extra effort surprised the Ranchers, who thought they'd won the point but ended up hitting the ball into the net after the miracle return by Platte-Geddes.
"You could see that was a moment where the momentum picked up for us," Platte-Geddes head coach Jill Kemnitz said. "That was the moment that got us going."
From there, the Black Panthers took control of the match and stepped on the gas, rallying to win the second set and earn a 3-1 win at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls.
Set scores were 18-25, 25-22, 25-23 and 25-21.
Platte-Geddes (26-8) advances to the consolation championship, where the team will face Sanborn Central/Woonsocket at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday. The two teams did not meet during the regular season.
The third set was a back-and-forth affair with both teams exchanging the lead early on until the Black Panthers took the set's biggest lead at 18-15. Harding County rallied back to make the match 23-20, but Platte-Geddes' Jada Nelson smashed a kill and served up an ace to win the third set and give her team a 2-1 lead.
Nelson finished the game with a double-double, racking up a match-high 19 kills, 15 digs, two blocks and three aces.
"We had a good start, our blockers were getting hands on almost every ball and that helped the back row," Harding County head coach Tammy Bruha said. "Then, they went into attack mode and struggled to attacking aggressively."
The Black Panthers built off the momentum from their set two and three wins to lead the entire fourth set. Platte-Geddes closed the match out with a 25-21 win the fourth and final set to earn a 3-1 win.
Kemnitz said the big stage of the state tournament gave her team some trouble on Thursday and early on Friday but her team finally overcame some nerves.
"I think our girls were over-thinking the game and that's what hurt us Thursday too," she said. "We settled down and played our own game and things went a lot better."
Alexis Peterson, who smashed a kill to give Platte-Geddes the win in the second set, finished the game with a double-double. The 6-foot-1 middle hitter racked up 17 kills and 18 digs.
As a team, the Black Panthers had 52 kills, while Harding County finished with 46.
The Ranchers (23-9) had three players finish with double-digit kill counts. Natalie Phillips had 15 kills, while Shawnee Mollman added 14 and Kyla Schleuning finished with 11 in the loss.
Kasey Teigen led the Harding County defense with 25 digs and Brianna Williams had 36 assists.
Platte-Geddes' Jenna Erickson recorded a double-double with 43 assists and a team-high 22 digs, while Sarah Erickson added 20 digs and three aces in the win. Hallie Hallock had seven kills, 14 digs, one ace and one block.
Kemnitz said her team will need to play with the same intensity it finished the game with to earn a fifth-place finish.
"Sanborn Central/Woonsocket played an outstanding match today, so we have to bring it," Kemnitz said. "We've got to get settled in and play our game, but it'll be a tough match."
Platte-Geddes (26-8) 18 25 25 25
Harding Country (23-9) 25 22 23 21
P-G (kills-aces-blocks): Jenna Erickson 3-0-0 Alexis Peterson 17-0-0 Carley Sprink 1-0-0 Emma DeNeui 4-0-0 Jada Nelson 19-3-2 Sam Ringling 1-0-0 Hallie Hallock 7-1-1 Sarah Erickson 0-3-0 TOTALS: 52-7-3
HC Kasey Teigen 1-1-0 Madeline Teigen 0-0-0 Brianna Williams 2-1-0 Camryn Anders 0-1-0 Emily Messmer 1-0-0 Anniekate Burghduff 0-0-0 Felicity Phillips 2-0-0 Shawnee 14-0-0 Natalie Phillips 15-0-0 Kyla Schleuning 11-0-2 TOTALS: 46-3-2
Set assists: P-G 46 (J. Erickson 43, DeNeui, Nelson, Ringling), HC 42 (Williams 36, Anders, Burghduff, Phillips ); Digs: P-G (J. Erickson 22, S. Erickson 20, Peterson 18, Nelson 15, Hallock 14, DeNeui 4, Ringling 2, Sprink), HC 95 (Teigen 25, Williams 18, Phillips 17, Anders 16, Teigen 12, Messmer 4, Phillips 2, Schleuning 1)