The Mitchell High School volleyball team put forth another valiant effort, but it couldn’t crack the win column on Tuesday.

The Kernels were swept by Harrisburg in straight sets in an Eastern South Dakota Conference volleyball match at MHS gym. Set scores were 25-17, 25-14 and 25-22.

Mitchell drops to 4-18 overall, but coach Deb Thill has seen flashes of positive signs throughout the season.

“We are getting better,” Thill said. “Our effort is there. Obviously we’ve had some ups and downs, but they are doing everything we ask them to do.”

On Tuesday, the Kernels played solid defense as both teams traded points for long volleys during the match. Sarah Sebert led the Kernels with 28 digs, while Amy Uher added 25. Regan Waddell finished with 18 digs.

“Both sides I thought played really good defense,” Thill said. “I thought Harrisburg played good defense, too. They made some really good plays.”

In the third set, the Kernels and Tigers (8-7) exchanged points. The scored was evened up at 16-16, but Harrisburg pulled away for slim advantage and never relinquished the lead.

“We played better and we had our opportunities,” Thill said. “We kind of squandered away back to back there after point 20. But we were in the position to take the set or whatever. So I thought our kids battled back pretty hard.”

The Tigers staked early leads in the first two sets. In the first set, Mitchell chopped the deficit to 18-15 and forced the Tigers to burn a timeout after a long rally gave the Kernels a point. But the Tigers went on an 8-2 flurry to take the 1-0 lead.

In the second set, the Tigers again stretched out their lead on their way to a 2-0 advantage in the match.

Megan Scheurenbrand put down six kills, while Waddell and Maya Voelzke finished with five kills. Katy Sebert dished out 22 assists.

The Kernels play at No. 5 Sioux Falls Washington on Friday.