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State volleyball roundup for Nov. 17: Top seeds move on in Class AA bracket

Action from the quarterfinal round of the state volleyball tournament in Sioux Falls on Thursday, Nov. 17

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Sioux Falls O'Gorman's Bergen Reilly hits an attack against a pair of Huron defenders in a Class AA state quarterfinal volleyball match on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022 at the Premier Center in Sioux Falls.
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SIOUX FALLS — The top eight teams in each of the three volleyball classes converged on Sioux Falls on Thursday for the first round of the South Dakota state volleyball tournament. Here are the results from Thursday’s action:

Class AA

No. 1 Sioux Falls Washington 3, No. 8 Rapid City Stevens 0

Joslyn Richardson led the way for top-seeded Sioux Falls Washington in a straight-set win over No. 8-seed Rapid City Stevens. Set scores were 25-11, 25-20 and 25-20.

Richardson tallied a match-high 20 kills, adding six digs and two block assists. Macie Malchow contributed 30 assists and two solo blocks, pacing Washington in both categories, while Taryn Kirsch and Anessa Hosman each picked up double-digit digs at 14 and 10, respectively. Kirsch also had a match-best two service aces.

For Stevens, Isabell Higgins was the main source of offense with seven kills and nine set assists, with Carsyn Mettler picking up a team-high 10 assists. Higgins, Mettler and Alexis Lengkeek all had one ace, as well.

Washington improves to 26-4 and will take on No. 4-seed Sioux Falls Jefferson in the semifinals, while Stevens falls to 23-13 and will face No. 5-seed Pierre in the first round of the consolation bracket.

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No. 4 Sioux Falls Jefferson 3, No. 5 Pierre 1

Four players tallied nine of more kills for Sioux Falls Jefferson in a first-round win over Pierre on Thursday.

The Cavaliers took down the Governors in four sets. Set scores were 25-15, 24-26, 25-21 and 25-21.

While Cadence Nuttbrock led the Cavaliers with 13 kills, both Emory Brosnahan and Ella Kvernmo picked up 10 and Taylor Evenson chipped in nine. Kvernmo also added 14 digs, two block assists and a service ace and Evenson recorded a solo block and two block assists. Presley Pastian had 39 set assists, 15 digs, two kills and a block assist in the win, while Cora Hokenstad tallied a team-high 22 digs, as well as an ace, four assists and a kill.

For Pierre, Reese Terwilliger’s 12 kills and three service aces each led the team, while Lily Sanchez and Aleise Christopherson recorded 18 and 13 set assists, respectively, with Sanchez also adding eight kills and two aces.

Sioux Falls Jefferson (24-6) sets up a semifinal matchup with No. 1-seed Sioux Falls Washington with the win, while Pierre (16-6) will take on eighth-seeded Rapid City Stevens in the consolation bracket.

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Warner beats Freeman 3-1 and EPJ defeats Wagner 3-1. Burke tops Castlewood 3-2 and Miller bests Platte-Geddes 3-2.

No. 2 Sioux Falls O’Gorman 3, No. 7 Huron 0

The duo of Bergen Reilly and Brogan Beck powered Sioux Falls O’Gorman to a straight set win over Huron in the opening round Thursday.

Reilly tallied 20 kills and 13 digs, while Beck added 12 kills of her own for the Knights in the win. Set scores were 25-14, 25-19 and 25-18.

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Beck also added five block assists, with Makenzie Walsh chipping in four. Brooke Harvison racked up 33 of O’Gorman’s 37 assists, and Meghan Tiahrt added three service aces and 13 digs in the win.

Heavan Gainey was the lone Tiger with double-digit kills, posting 10 to go along with three aces and eight digs. Bryn Huber posted 19 digs and two set assists, and Hamtyn Heinz contributed 19 assists, seven digs and four kills.

O’Gorman (26-4) advances to the semifinals to face No. 3-seed Harrisburg, with Huron (18-10) heading to the consolation bracket for a tilt against No. 6-seed Sioux Falls Lincoln.

No. 3 Harrisburg 3, No. 6 Sioux Falls Lincoln 1

Three Tigers recorded double-digit kills as Harrisburg took down Sioux Falls Lincoln in four sets to move past the Patriots. Set scores were 20-25, 25-15, 25-23 and 25-17.

Gabrielle Zachariasen led Harrisburg with 18 kills, with Morissen Samuels right behind her at 17. Karalynn Leach posted 11 kills and a match-best five block assists to go along with a solo block. Of Harrisburg’s 51 set assists, 47 came from Kayleigh Hybertson, who also had two service aces and five digs. The Tigers had 11 aces as a team, with Lindsay Langner and Kaelyn Snoozy picking up three, Maggie Meister and Hybertson tacking on two and Sierra Stiff also grabbing one.

Nyareal Kutey and Jada Sandvall had 14 and 10 kills, respectively, for Lincoln in the loss, with Sandvall also adding 10 digs. Samantha Zeeck picked up 32 set assists and eight digs, while Claire Brown had 21 digs to go along with three assists.

Harrisburg (26-3) is set to face second-seeded Sioux Falls O’Gorman, with Lincoln (20-11) squaring off with No. 7-seed Huron in the consolation bracket.

Class A

No. 4 Sioux Falls Christian 3, No. 5 Dakota Valley 0

Sioux Falls Christian asserted its dominance against fifth-seeded Dakota Valley in the quarterfinals.

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The Chargers took down the Panthers in straight sets Thursday. Set scores were 25-14, 25-16 and 25-21.

Ellie Lems was the leading attacker for SFC, tallying a match-high 15 kills to go along with 11 digs and three block assists. Sidney Oostra also posted a double-double for the Chargers with 10 kills and 13 digs, while also adding a match-best four service aces. Addisen Barber put up 35 set assists in the win as well as nine digs and a block assist.

Sophie Tuttle led a balanced attacking effort for Dakota Valley with eight kills, while Jorja Van Den Hul contributed seven, Addison Kleis picked up six and Claire Munch contributed five. Kate VanRooyan paced the Panthers with 23 digs, and Logan Miller chipped in a team-best 23 set assists in the loss.

SFC (30-5) advances to the semifinals for a date with No. 8-seed Elk Point-Jefferson. Dakota Valley (26-8) will take on top-seeded Wagner in the consolation bracket.

For the second consecutive season, the Platte-Geddes volleyball team found themselves in a five-set grinder of a match in the opening round of the state volleyball tournament.

No. 3 Elkton-Lake Benton 3, No. 6 Belle Fourche 0

Elkton-Lake Benton made short work of Belle Fourche on Thursday night.

Led by 11 kills from Andrea Renkly, ELB took down Belle Fourche in straight sets to advance to the semifinals. Set scores were 25-20, 25-17 and 25-22.

Outside of Renkly, Aubree Bales had seven kills, a solo block and two block assists, and Rachael Krog had eight kills, 13 digs and a block assist. Tevan Erickson racked up 29 set assists to go along with a pair of kills, 11 digs and three block assists.

Mataya Ward led Belle Fourche with 11 kills and also tallied two aces and 15 digs. Adryana Hovland posted nine kills and 10 digs to go along with an assist. Lily McCarty racked up 32 set assists, an ace and six digs.

ELB (31-3) will square off with second-seeded Miller in the semifinals, while Belle Fourche (32-7) moves to the consolation bracket to take on No. 7-seed Platte-Geddes.

The eighth-seeded Huskies never allowed the No. 1 Red Raiders to fully recover from a slow start on Thursday.

Class B

No. 5 Wolsey-Wessington 3, No. 4 Northwestern 2

The most back-and-forth match of the tournament might’ve been played on Day 1.

After going down 2-0 in the match, Northwestern battled back to force a fifth set, but Wolsey-Wessington prevailed 19-17 in the final frame to take the match 3-2. Set scores were 25-19, 25-20, 14-25, 21-25 and 19-17.

A balanced effort from the Warbirds saw Mya Boomsma post 20 kills and Mallory Miller and Leah Williams each add 11. Williams also chipped in a match-best four service aces with 29 digs, with Emree White adding two aces of her own and Boomsma also picking up an ace and 19 digs. Payton Kemnitz racked up a team-best 27 set assists in the win, while White tallied seven.

For Northwestern, Ella and Ashley Haven accounted for 47 of the Wildcats’ 55 kills, with Ella Haven racking up 30 and Ashley Haven tacking on 17 to go along with 11 digs. Brooklinn Halvorson had 43 assists and 20 digs.

Northwestern (27-9) moves on to the consolation bracket to face eighth-seeded Freeman. Wolsey-Wessington (29-4) will square off with top-seeded Warner with a trip to the state championship on the line.

The Cougars trailed 12-8 in the fifth set, but went on a match-clinching 7-1 run to keep their championship hopes alive.

No. 3 Chester Area 3, No. 6 Colman-Egan 1

Lily VanHal’s 18-kill, 25-assist, 14-dig triple-double helped propel Chester Area over Colman-Egan.

The Flyers toppled the Hawks in four sets to advance to the semifinals. Set scores were 25-13, 25-16, 16-25 and 25-20.

On top of VanHal’s 18-kill performance, Addison Bates, Jacy Wolf and Serena Larson all racked up eight kills, with Wolf also tacking on 18 set assists, two service aces and 12 digs. Bates also had four block assists, with Larson picking up a block assist and a solo block and Emilie Bleeker gathering a solo block and three block assists.

For Colman-Egan, Daniela Lee had a team-best 12 kills with seven digs and four block assists. Lanie Mousel had 23 assists and an ace in the loss, as well as 11 digs and a block assist. Berkeley Groos had a match-high 29 digs.

Chester Area (27-5) will take on No. 2-seed Burke in the semifinals, and Colman-Egan (23-10) will play No. 7-seed Castlewood in the consolation bracket.

The Flyers nearly found themselves up 2-0, but after splitting the first two sets, Warner controlled much of the match en route to a four-set win.

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