SoDak 16 volleyball roundup: Parkston upsets Rapid City Christian; No. 1 Chargers roll at Corn Palace

Parkston pulls off upset in Class A

Sioux Falls Christian's Katie VanEgdom hits an attack past Pine Ridge's Patricia Carlow during a Class A SoDak 16 match Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021 at the Corn Palace. (Marcus Traxler / Republic)

Top-seeded Sioux Falls Christian cruised past Pine Ridge Tuesday night in the Class A SoDak 16 volleyball state-qualifying round with a sweep at the Corn Palace. Set scores were 25-5, 25-7 and 25-8.

The Chargers (32-4) had 29 aces in the victory, including 10 from Ellie Lems, eight from Kylah VanDonkersgoed and eight from Sydney Tims, who also had a team-high eight kills. Katie Van Egdom and Lems each had five kills. Addisen Barber had 28 set assists and Sidney Oostra had four digs. The Chargers had just 19 digs as a team and hit .489 as a unit for the match.

Sioux Falls Christian will be the No. 1 seed in the Class A state tournament, which starts Nov. 18 in Rapid City. It is the 15th consecutive season the Chargers have qualified for the state tournament.

Pine Ridge finishes its season at 16-13.


Sioux Falls Christian's Petyon Poppema hits a serve during a Class A SoDak 16 match Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021 at the Corn Palace. (Marcus Traxler / Republic)

Parkston 3, Rapid City Christian 2

KADOKA — Down 2-0 in the match, 12th-seeded Parkston rallied to pull off the upset of the night in the Class A SoDak 16, knocking off fifth-seeded Rapid City Christian. Set scores were 19-25, 25-27, 27-25, 25-22 and 17-15.

The fifth set proved to be emblematic of the entire match, with both teams having match-point opportunities. Parkston led 9-5 and 13-10 in the fifth set but could not force out Rapid City Christian without extra points in the fifth set. The Comets scored the next three straight points to tie the set at 13, before Parkston led 14-13. RCC scored the next two points, only to see Parkston answer with the final three points and the victory.

The Trojans’ Mya Neubel had 24 kills, 32 digs and four ace serves in the victory. Allison Ziebart, Brielle Bruening and Abby Hohn each had nine kills, with 29 digs and two blocks added by Ziebart, 21 digs and two aces from Kiauna Hargens and 48 assists and 19 digs from Faith Oakley. Gracie Oakley added five kills in the victory.

Parkston (21-14) will meet Sioux Falls Christian in the Class A quarterfinals on Nov. 18. Rapid City Christian’s season ends at 25-10.

Arlington 3, Freeman 1

VOLGA — Third seed Arlington defeated Freeman in four sets in the class B SoDak 16 qualifiers to advance closer to the state tournament. The set scores were 25-13, 25-19, 21-25, 25-16.

Arlington’s Haldey Carlson had 30 kills and 20 digs in the victory for the Cardinals. Erin Haufschild had 13 kills, while Grace Parry had 40 assists and 10 digs. Halrey Johnson had 21 digs and three aces for Arlington (30-5), which will be seeded third and face Faulkton Area in the Class B quarterfinals on Nov. 18 in Rapid City.

No stats were reported for Freeman, which concludes the regular season at 20-10.


Hill City 3, Winner 0

KADOKA — No. 11-seeded Winner was never able to get anything going in a Class A SoDak 16 match Tuesday night against No. 6 Hill City, as the Rangers won 3-0 to advance to the state tournament. Set scores were 25-9, 25-17 and 25-17.

No stats were reported from the match.

Hill City advances to face No. 4 Wagner in the Class A state tournament on Nov. 18, while Winner closes the regular season at 18-14.

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