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Sioux Falls Roosevelt powers past Kernel volleyball

In the midst of a three-match stretch against Sioux Falls public schools for MHS, the Rough Riders picked up a sweep on the Kernels' home court

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Mitchell's Tianna Meadows passes the volleyball during a match against Sioux Falls Roosevelt on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022 at Mitchell High School.
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MITCHELL — Sioux Falls Roosevelt’s size and skill ruled the night on Thursday.

The Rough Riders won the first set and then held on for close wins in the next two games to pick up a 3-0 win over Mitchell on Thursday in high school volleyball action. Set scores were 25-16, 28-26 and 25-22 in favor of the Rough Riders.

Roosevelt showed a talented, young and diverse lineup that only has one senior but provided a lot of offensive options against the Kernels. The Rough Riders led by as many as 10 points in Set 1 and cruised to the set win, before battling closely with Mitchell for the remainder of the night, with the Kernels taking advantage of a litany of hitting errors from Roosevelt.

In the second set, Mitchell fended off three set points, including two with kills from Lizzie Tyler and Lauren Van Overschelde to even it at 26-all, before Roosevelt scored two to end the set. Mitchell and Roosevelt were even at 16-all in the third set before Roosevelt inched ahead and stayed there for the remainder of the set, despite four aces in the set from Jurzee Gregg.

“I thought our kids battled pretty hard,” Mitchell coach Deb Thill said. “There were a couple of errors or mistakes (on our side) and serving-wise, we didn’t make very many errors and we didn’t make a lot of hitting errors, so there were some positives there from how we played.”

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Mitchell had nine kills from Tyler, while Van Overschelde had five kills. Gregg had 12 set assists and four aces and Tianna Meadows had a hand in four blocks. For the Rough Riders, Husman had 14 kills and Kaylee Evenson had 12 kills, with six each from Eliza Barnes and Kate Wiebesiek. Roosevelt (9-8) hosts Watertown on Oct. 4 for its next action.

Mitchell (5-10) returns to the court on Monday, Oct. 3 for a match at No. 1-ranked Sioux Falls Washington.

“I felt like our kids did better but we’re going to have to do some more little things right but you saw here, this is another Sioux Falls school that has a lot of size and has multiple hitters that can put it down,” Thill said after Thursday’s match. “Defensively, we’re going to have to be better.”

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The Sioux Falls Roosevelt Rough Riders defeat the Mitchell Kernels 25-16, 28-26, 25-22.

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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