Victory eludes Tanagers by David Lias Experience, not a string of victories, was the major benefit received by the Vermillion Tanager junior varsity volleyball squad as it participated in the Dakota Valley Invitational volleyball tournament Saturday, Dec. 12, in North Sioux City.
The Yankton Gazelles junior varsity squad went 5-0 to win the six-team, round robin event.
The Vermillion junior varsity was winless in the tournament.
The Vermillion Junior Varsity fell to the Wakonda Varsity 3-15, 13-15; the Yankton Junior Varsity 0-15, 9-15; the Alcester-Hudson Varsity 2-15, 8-15; the Centerville Varsity 7-15, 4-15; and the Dakota Valley Varsity 8-15, 15-7, 9-15.
Yankton opened with a 15-5, 15-7 win over Centerville. In the next three matches, the Gazelles had at least one dominating game; they defeated the Vermillion JV; Wakonda 15-0, 15-5 and Dakota Valley 15-3, 15-0. In the final match, Yankton held off Alcester-Hudson 15-3, 10-15, 15-7.
In the other matches, Alcester-Hudson beat Dakota Valley 15-12, 15-2; Dakota Valley edged Wakonda 15-5, 15-17, 15-13; Alcester-Hudson beat Centerville 15-4, 15-9; Centerville beat Dakota Valley; Alcester-Hudson beat Wakonda 15-5, 17-15; and Wakonda beat Centerville 15-2, 15-7.
The Vermillion JV team successfully made 120 of 149 serves, which totals 81 percent. The team had a total of 23 aces.
Melissa Rydell served 18 of 21, or 86 percent. She had 3 aces. Katie Carlson served 15 of 16, or 94 percent. She had 3 aces. Elly Kjose served 14 of 17, or 82 percent. She had 4 aces.
Leading setters were Elly Kjose with 83 sets and 17 assists, and Karen Sorensen with 34 sets and 13 assists.
Attack leaders were Lana Johnson with 23 attacks, 4 errors, 10 kills, hitting .26 percent; Melissa Rydell with 19 attacks, 2 errors, 8 kills, hitting .315 percent; and Kelly Peterson with 23 attacks, 7 errors, and 6 kills.
"I think we played especially well considering we were up against mostly varsity teams," said Coach Jennifer Cholensky. "In most of the matches we started out slowly and then started picking things up in the second game.
"We are a young team and I am looking forward to seeing these players improve over the season." she added.