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Lizzie Tyler claims all-ESD honors for Mitchell volleyball

The senior outside hitter led the Kernels in a handful of key categories.

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Mitchell's Lizzie Tyler hits over the block of Brandon Valley's Mya Hejl (34) and Kennedy Keiper (11) during an Eastern South Dakota Conference volleyball match on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022 at the MHS Gym.
Marcus Traxler / Mitchell Republic
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MITCHELL — Mitchell senior volleyball player Lizzie Tyler was named to the all-Eastern South Dakota Conference team on Monday.

Tyler, a 5-foot-6 senior outside hitter, led the team with 243 kills and a hitting percentage of .215. She was also tops on the Kernels in aces (33) and digs (384). She had a season-high 37 digs in a win over Douglas in September and had nine aces in a season-opening win over Sturgis on Aug. 26. She was the Kernels' lone representative on the 12-member all-ESD team.

For her career, Tyler finished with 840 kills, 80 blocks, 1,492 digs and 218 aces.

Mitchell finished the season at 7-17. Four teams had two selections to the all-state team, including Aberdeen Central, Brandon Valley, Harrisburg and Pierre.

All but three of the selections were seniors, with Aberdeen Central junior Grace Kuch, Brandon Valley junior Mya Hejl and Harrisburg freshman Gabi Zachariasen each named to the team.

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All-Eastern South Dakota Conference volleyball selections

Gracie Adamson, sr., outside hitter, Brookings; Sydney Evans, sr., libero, Aberdeen Central; Mya Hejl, jr., middle hitter, Brandon Valley; Bryn Huber, sr., libero, Huron; Ayvrie Kaiser, sr., outside hitter, Pierre; Grace Kuch, jr., outside hitter, Aberdeen Central; Kendall Paulson, sr., outside hitter, Watertown; Morrisen Samuels, sr., right-side hitter, Harrisburg; Lily Sanchez, sr., setter, Pierre; Lizzie Tyler, sr., outside hitter/setter, Mitchell; Josey Wickersham, sr., outside hitter, Brandon Valley; Gabi Zachariasen, fr., outside hitter, Harrisburg

Honorable mention: Brynn Gose, sr., outside hitter, Huron; Hamtyn Heinz, jr., setter, Huron; Kayleigh Hybertson, sr., setter, Harrisburg.

Traxler is the assistant editor and sports editor for the Mitchell Republic. He's worked for the newspaper since 2014 and has covered a wide variety of topics. He can be reached at mtraxler@mitchellrepublic.com.
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