State volleyball championship roundup: Sioux Falls Christian rolls to fifth-straight Class A crown
Sioux Falls Christian, Sioux Falls O'Gorman and Warner claim the three class crowns.
RAPID CITY — Sioux Falls Christian dominated on its way to a fifth-straight Class A volleyball championship, winning all nine sets it played and defeating Garretson in the championship match on Saturday night at the Summit Arena. Set scores were 25-15, 25-15 and 25-15.
Sioux Falls Christian (35-4): Katie VanEgdom powered down 20 kills and recorded nine digs and one ace serve, as Addisen Barber put up 36 assists and had three aces. Sydney Tims notched seven kills, six digs, one ace and one solo block, and Peyton Poppema had five kills, a team-best 11 digs and one solo block. The Chargers did not lose to a program from South Dakota this season and have now won 10 of the last 12 Class A state titles.
Garretson (29-2): Logan Bly led the Blue Dragons with eight kills, and Lily Ranschau had seven kills and five digs. Lexi Gawarecki had a team-high nine digs and two ace serves, and Jaelyn Benson put up 19 assists and had eight digs. Garretson was participating in just its second state volleyball tournament, with the program’s last appearance coming in 1997.
Class A final placements
First: Sioux Falls Christian
Third: Dakota Valley
Fifth: Elkton-Lake Benton
Sixth: Hill City
Class AA: Sioux Falls O’Gorman 3, Sioux Falls Washington 2
RAPID CITY — The Sioux Falls O’Gorman Knights repeated as Class AA volleyball champions, coming back from a 0-2 set deficit to defeat crosstown rival Sioux Falls Washington on Saturday night at the Summit Arena. Set scores were 20-25, 16-25, 25-23, 25-23 and 15-10.
Sioux Falls O’Gorman (23-4): Bergen Reilly put up 32 assists, nine kills, 16 digs and three aces serves, as Macy Matheson added 10 kills, 13 digs and three aces. Isabella Steffel led the Knights with 16 kills and also had one solo block, and Gabriella Jones had a team-high 24 digs. The Knights have now won eight state volleyball titles, five in the three-class era (since 1992), and are the first Class AA program to repeat since Harrisburg in 2016 and 2017.
Sioux Falls Washington (30-2): Shelby Kinzer paced the Warriors with 12 kills and six ace serves to go with one solo block, followed by Joslyn Richardson with 11 kills, 17 digs and three aces. Macie Malchow had 38 assists, 11 digs, five kills and one solo block, and Jadyn Schetnan posted a team-high 34 digs. Washington has finished as the runner up in Class AA twice since its last state championship in 2001.
Class AA final placements
First: Sioux Falls O’Gorman
Second: Sioux Falls Washington
Third: Sioux Falls Roosevelt
Fourth: Brandon Valley
Fifth: Sioux Falls Lincoln
Class B: Warner 3, Colman-Egan 0
RAPID CITY — Warner won its seventh state volleyball championship since 2007 and first since 2018, cruising to a straight-set win over Colman-Egan on Saturday night at the Summit Arena. Set scores were 25-18, 25-20 and 25-8.
Warner (33-5): Jennifer Aman had 14 kills, as Kyleigh Schopp added 10 more. Kyra Marcuson had seven kills and a team-high 12 digs, and Ava Nilsson put up 36 assists as the pair combined for seven of the Monarchs’ nine ace serves. Kamryn Anderson notched eight kills and one solo block. The Monarchs extended Region 1B’s stranglehold on the Class B, as either Warner or Northwestern has appeared in the state championship match every year since 2003 (they’ve faced each other three times), winning 16 of the past 19 championships.
Colman-Egan (27-8): Hailey Larson led the Hawks with nine kills to go with seven digs, as Mackenzie Hemmer chipped in six kills and 10 digs. Ava Mousel notched 12 assists, five digs and one ace serves, and Daniela Lee had a team-high 11 digs. The Hawks were competing in the program’s second state volleyball tournament, improving on a fourth-place finish in 2020.
Class B final placements
Fourth: Faulkton Area
Fifth: Chester Area
Sixth: Aberdeen Christian