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Titans ready for toughest challenge yet

SIOUX FALLS--The Mount Vernon/Plankinton volleyball team won't celebrate its semifinal win over Spearfish for long. Titans head coach Darcy Deinert said her team was going to start prepping for either Sioux Falls Christian right after Friday's 3-...

SIOUX FALLS-The Mount Vernon/Plankinton volleyball team won't celebrate its semifinal win over Spearfish for long.

Titans head coach Darcy Deinert said her team was going to start prepping for either Sioux Falls Christian right after Friday's 3-0 win over the Spartans. The Chargers defeated the Panthers 3-1 in Friday night's second semifinal.

"Our goal was to fight as hard as we could to get where we wanted," Deinert said. "You can't control whether you win or lose, but you can control your effort and the little things on the court."

The Titans (31-2) have had their eyes set on the Class A championship every since the team fell to Dakota Valley in last year's state tournament in Watertown.

After two convincing wins on Thursday and Friday-3-0 sweeps over Red Cloud and Spearfish, respectively-MV/P is ready for its title shot.

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"We were ready for it," Titan senior Ivy Haines said. "It hasn't set in yet, but we're ready and we'll be prepared."

MV/P has looked up at Dakota Valley and Sioux Falls Christian throughout the season as both teams held down the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the South Dakota Sportswriters Association Polls for the entire season.

"We're excited for the next challenge," Deinert said. "We know the road doesn't get any easier."

The Titans senior leadership has shown poise and control in two games at the state tournament and Deinert said her 10 seniors have kept the team focused.

"We can't trip over mountains, but we can trip over pebbles," Deinert said. "We've gotten past two pebbles and now we have a third one. It's just a matter of doing your best and whatever happens, happens."

Haines said the Titans didn't have a preference on which team they would want to face in the championship adding MV/P will be ready for either one.

"Both teams have really good hitters, but Darcey does a good job of letting us know where their hitters are at," Haines said.

The Class A state championship game is set for the center court at 6 p.m. at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls.

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