Sioux Falls Christian tops Titans in Class A final

SIOUX FALLS -- The Mount Vernon/Plankinton volleyball team came up a little short on Saturday night in pursuit of its first state volleyball championship.

Mount Vernon/Plankinton's Megan Bultsma, right, blocks Sioux Fall's Christian's Shelby Zomermaand, left, during the Class A state volleyball championship on Saturday at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls. (Matt Gade/Republic)

SIOUX FALLS -- The Mount Vernon/Plankinton volleyball team came up a little short on Saturday night in pursuit of its first state volleyball championship.

The Titans didn’t have an answer for the Shelby Zomermaand and the Sioux Falls Christian Chargers, who won their second Class A state championship in a row and their fifth in the last six years in three sets at the Denny Sanford Premier Center.

“They took us out of our game and we couldn’t get anything going,” MV/P head coach Darcy Deinert said. “It seemed like we were scrambling to get everything up. It was one of those things where things don’t go your way sometimes and that happened.”  

Set scores were 25-11, 25-17 and 25-18.

Zomermaad had 24 kills and 10 digs, and controlled the net for most of the night.


“We worked on balancing the court and spreading the ball around,” Sioux Falls Christian head coach Darci Wassenaar said. “We wanted to get their blockers moving and Shelby really stepped up and came through. She made plays for us.”

The Chargers took the first two sets in convincing fashion, while the Titans held a lead in the third set -- leading by as many as eight points -- before the Chargers rallied to take set lead and the match.

Mount Vernon/Plankinton (31-3) finishes the year with its best season finish in co-op history, after a fourth-place finish at the 2014 state tournament.

The Titans’ Mikayla Weiss, Makaela Karst and Megan Bultsma were named to the Class all-tournament team.

Weiss finished the match with 10 digs, 10 assists, three kills and two aces for a double-double, while Bultsma had a team-high nine kills and one block.

“They definitely showed up and we came out a little nervous,” said Karst, who had three kills and seven digs in the loss. “They’re a great team and you have to give them credit. We started to put it together but it was a little too late.”

Sioux Falls Christian (29-4) 25 25 25

Mount Vernon/Plankinton (31-3) 11 17 17


Sioux Falls Christian (kills-aces-blocks): Kylee Van Egdom 6-6-0 Shelby Zomermaand 24-3-1 Ashley Lamfers 6-0-1 Paige DeJong 0-0-2 Amy Hurley 0-1-0 Emma Dorhout 0-0-0 Ellie Voss 9-4-2 Emily Strasser 0-1-0 TOTALS 45-15-6

Mount Vernon/Plankinton: Payleen O’Day 0-0-0 Mikayla Weiss 3-2-0 Makaela Karst 3-0-1 Alyson Stahl 0-0-0 Ivy Haines 2-0-2 Erin Denning 0-0-0 Megan Bultsma 9-0-2 Destiney Haak 3-0-2 TOTALS 20-2-7

Set assists: SFC 35 (Hurley 32, DeJong 2, Zomermaand), MV/P 17 (Weiss 10, Denning 7); Digs: SFC 58 (Strasser 13, Zomermaand 10, Hurley 9, Van Egdom 7, Lamfers 7, Dorhout 6, Voss 5, DeJong), MVP 33 (Weiss 10, O’Day 7, Karst 7, Denning 5, Haines 3, Stahl)

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