Area high school volleyball roundup for Sept. 24: Howard takes second place in pool at Pentagon
A number of area teams were in competition on Saturday in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS -- Thirty-four high school teams converged on the Sanford Pentagon on Saturday for the venue’s annual volleyball tournament, with champions being crowned in four divisions.
Howard, playing in the Black division, won three of its four matches. It defeated Canistota, Hitchcock-Tulare and Milbank before falling in a 2-1 match to Florence/Henry. Set scores in the championship match were 26-28, 25-15 and 25-18 in favor of the Falcons, who improved to 13-3.
Hanson finished in fourth place in the division with a 2-2 tournament record, with wins over Winner and Alcester-Hudson before falling to eventual champion Florence/Henry and Milbank in the bracket portion.
In the Orange bracket, Elkton-Lake Benton won the bracket with a 2-0 win over Dell Rapids. The Elks took down Platte-Geddes in the bracket semifinals in a 2-0 sweep. Platte-Geddes finished the day at 2-2, with wins over Oak Grove Lutheran (N.D.) and Hamlin, while also dropping a 2-0 contest to Rapid City Christian. Parkston, also playing in the Orange division, finished 0-4 on the day, with losses to Colman-Egan, Elkton-Lake Benton, Oak Grove Lutheran (N.D.) and Oldham-Ramona/Rutland, with the latter two matches going three sets each.
Freeman was the top area finisher in the White division, taking fourth place and finishing 2-2 on the day. The Flyers won their first two matches of the day, defeating Ethan and Mount Vernon/Plankinton, before dropping a semifinal match with Sioux Valley in three sets and falling in three sets in the third-place contest to Gayville-Volin. Arlington was the eventual bracket champion and did not drop a set on the day, defeating Sioux Valley in the final round. The Rustlers went 1-3 on the day, with a win over Irene-Wakonda, while Mount Vernon finished 2-2, with wins over Ethan and Parker.
Western Christian (Iowa), which is the No. 2-ranked team in Iowa’s Class 2A, won the Blue division title that was filled with ranked teams from all three South Dakota classes. The Wolfpack defeated Class AA No. O’Gorman and Class A No. 2 Dakota Valley in the semifinals and championship rounds.