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State volleyball championship roundup for Nov. 19: Harrisburg claims Class AA title over Cavaliers

A No. 1, a No. 3 and a No. 4 seed claimed the three state volleyball championships on the line Saturday night in Sioux Falls

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Harrisburg celebrates a point scored during the Class AA state volleyball semifinals on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022 at the Premier Center in Sioux Falls.
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SIOUX FALLS — In a battle of No. 3 and No. 4 seeds in the Class AA bracket in the championship, third-seeded Harrisburg emerged with its first state championship since 2017 with a 3-1 win over Sioux Falls Jefferson on Saturday at the Premier Center. Set scores were 22-25, 25-23, 25-22 and 25-23.

Gabrielle Zachariasen had 21 kills and three of Harrisburg’s 11 service aces in the match, with 11 kills from Morissen Samuels and 10 kills from Karalynn Leach. Kaelyn Snoozy had eight kills, four aces and 10 digs, while Maggie Meister had 24 digs and Kayleigh Hybertson had 43 set assists, 18 digs and five kills. It is the Tigers’ third Class AA state title all-time after championships in 2016 and 2017, as Harrisburg finished with a 28-3 record.

For Jefferson, Ella Kvernmo had 11 kills, four aces and 21 digs, with 10 kills from Madison Paulsen. Presly Pastian had 45 set assists and Cora Hokenstad had 20 digs for the Cavaliers, who made the state title match in their second year as a program and finished the season at 25-7.

Chargers make it a splendid six in a row in Class A

Sioux Falls Christian’s dominance in Class A volleyball continued on Saturday night, earning a four-set victory over Elkton-Lake Benton in the Class A state championship for the Chargers’ 12th all-time state championship and sixth in a row. Set scores were 25-14, 25-20, 23-25 and 25-13, with Sioux Falls Christian winning from the No. 4 seed slot in the bracket.

Ellie Lems had a match-high 31 kills, plus three blocks and seven digs for SFC (33-5), while Sidney Oostra had 14 kills and 16 digs and Taylor Byl had 12 kills and three blocks. Addisen Barber had 63 set assists and Peyton Poppema had 26 digs, plus Lavin Maddox added 22 digs for the Chargers, who had a 96-74 advantage in digs by match end, plus a 68-33 edge over ELB in kills.

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For the Elks, Rachael Krog and Andrea Renkly each had 10 kills, with 29 set assists and 10 digs from Tevan Erickson. Kailyn Dreitz had a team-high 17 digs and Aubree Bales had five total blocks for ELB, which finished 32-4.

No. 1 Warner finishes another title run in Class B

Top-seeded Warner earned its second consecutive Class B state championship and third since 2018 with a 3-1 win over Chester Area on Saturday night. Set scores were 25-23, 25-16, 14-25 and 26-24.

Kyleigh Schopp had 22 kills to lead the Monarchs’ share of the scoring, with 15 kills from Kyra Marcuson. Ava Nilsson had 46 set assists, 14 digs and six block assists, while Lauren Marcuson had 22 digs and seven kills for Warner, which finished the season at 37-2.

Chester Area had 17 kills, 14 assists, three aces and 14 digs from Lil VanHal, while Emilie Bleeker had seven kills. Jacy Wolf had 26 set assists and 17 digs and Emery Larson finished with 24 digs for the Flyers, who were out-blocked 9-4 in total team blocks. The Flyers, who were playing in their first championship match since 2016, finished at 28-6.

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