Tanagers bring home seventh place

Tanagers bring home seventh place by David Lias The Vermillion Tanager varsity volleyball team returned from the Mitchell Invitational Jan. 30 with seventh place honors.

In their first match, the Tanagers lost to Mitchell 7-15, 9-15.

Vermillion was 35 of 37 in serving, or 95 percent, with 6 aces.

Leading servers were Jana Prasek, who was 10 of 11 with 5 aces and 7 points scored; Melissa Rydell, who was 8 of 8 with 1 ace and 4 points scored; Amanda Iverson, who was 5 of 6 with 3 points scored; and Megan Tolsma, who was 5 of 5 with 2 points scored.

The Tanagers made 45 of 47 sets, with 13 assists. Shorey Tuetken was leading setter with 45 sets and 13 assists.

Vermillion was successful in 51 of 60 attacks, or 85 percent, with 15 kills. Attack leaders were Iverson, with 21 attacks and 7 kills; Laura Burcham, with 10 attacks and 3 kills; and Leslie Larson, with 9 attacks and 3 kills.

"We did not work very well as a team in this match," said Coach Judy Zeller. "They were simply more prepared to play."

The Tanagers made 28 of 34 blocks, and 2 ace blocks. Block leaders were Rydell, with 3 assists, 1 solo block and 1 ace block; Larson with 1 assist, 1 solo and 1 ace block; and Iverson with 3 assists and 1 solo block.

The Tanagers' team record after this match was 9-12.

Loss to Aberdeen Central

The Tanagers faced Aberdeen Central in their second match at the Mitchell Invitational, and lost 15-10, 12-15, 2-15.

The Tanagers made 47 of 55 serves, or 85 percent, and scored 10 aces. Leading servers were Tuetken, who was 13 of 13 with 4 aces and 8 points; Rydell, who was 10 of 10 with 3 aces and 8 points; Prasek, who was 7 of 10 with 3 aces and 5 points; and Burcham, who was 6 of 8 with 4 points scored.

"This match could have easily gone our way," Coach Zeller said. "In game two, we just could not capitalize on their mistakes."

Vermillion made 62 of 65 sets, with 24 assists. Tuetken, again, led in sets with 64, and 24 assists.

The Tanagers were successful in 67 of 82 attacks, or 82 percent, and had 27 kills.

Attack leaders were Iverson, with 26 attacks and 11 kills; Larson, with 16 attacks and 6 kills; Burcham, with 12 attacks and 3 kills; and Prasek, with 12 attacks and 3 kills.

Vermillion made 34 of 38 blocks, and had 10 ace blocks. Block leaders were Rydell, with 5 assists, 1 solo and 4 ace blocks; Iverson, with 3 assists and 2 ace blocks; Burcham, with 1 assist, 1 solo and 2 ace blocks; and Larson with 1 assist, 2 solos and 2 ace blocks.

"Our defense was not quite up to par," Zeller said.

The loss dropped Vermillion's season record to 9-13.

Defeated by O'Gorman

Vermillion lost its third match in the Mitchell Invitational 17-19, 7-15 to Sioux Falls O'Gorman.

The Tanagers made 39 of 45 serves, or 87 percent, with 7 aces. Leading servers were Prasek, 8 points; Burcham, 6 points; and Tolsma, 4 points.

Tuetken was leading setter, with 43 sets and 17 assists.

"This match basically came down to their strong outside hitter," Coach Zeller said. "We could not get a block on her to save our lives and she took it to us. Defensively, we could not handle the velocity of her hits and she got going."

Vermillion made 46 of 56 attacks, or 82 percent, with 18 kills. Attack leaders were Iverson, with 21 attacks and 5 kills; Burcham, with 9 attacks and 5 kills; Kelly Peterson, with 7 attacks and 4 kills; and Prasek, with 6 attacks and 3 kills.

The Tanagers made 19 of 21 blocks, with 7 ace blocks. Block leaders were Peterson, with 4 assists, 2 solos and 2 ace blocks; Larson with 5 assists and 2 ace blocks; and Iverson, with 4 assists and 1 ace block.

The Tanagers' season record after the loss was 9-14.

Victory at last

The Tanagers at last tasted victory in their fourth match in the invitational by defeating Sioux Falls Lincoln 15-9, 15-10.

"Our serving pretty much won this match," Coach Zeller said. "Lincoln had a really tough time handling our serves; they are not very good passers."

The Tanagers made 49 of 51 serves, or 96 percent, with 8 aces. Leading servers were Iverson, who was 15 of 15 with 3 aces and 12 points; Peterson, who was 9 of 10 with 4 aces and 6 points; and Melissa Gale, who was 8 of 8 with 1 ace and 5 points.

Vermillion made 38 of 39 sets, and 10 assists. Leading setters were Melissa Gale, with 24 sets and 7 sets, and Tuetken, with 14 sets and 2 assists.

The Tanagers were successful in 43 of 48 attacks, with 12 kills. Attack leaders were Iverson, with 14 attacks and 5 kills; Larson, with 6 attacks and 5 kills; Peterson, with 6 attacks and 1 kill; and Tuetken, with 2 attacks and 1 kill.

"Offensively, we moved the ball around really well," Coach Zeller said. "Our blocking also helped us win this match; there were many rallies when they couldn't even get the ball across the net."

Vermillion made 30 of 32 blocks, and had 11 ace blocks. Block leaders were Iverson, with 4 assists and 3 ace blocks; Peterson, with 6 assists, 1 solo and 3 ace blocks; Burcham, with 5 assists and 2 ace blocks; and Larson, with 5 assists, 2 solos and 4 ace blocks.

The win upped the Tanagers' season record to 10-14.

A tough win

The Tanagers won their last match in the invitational to claim seventh place, but the win didn't come easily.

Vermillion defeated Pierre 3-15, 15-12, 15-12.

"We started out really flat in game one," Coach Zeller said. "We could not even get the ball over the net. Pierre has excellent blockers."

Vermillion was 62 of 68 in serving, or 91 percent, with 8 aces. Leading servers were Gale, who was 17 of 18 with 3 aces and 13 points; Prasek, who was 14 of 14 with 5 aces and 8 points; and Amanda Iverson, who was 9 of 10 with 4 points scored.

The Tanagers made 64 of 67 sets, and had 17 assists. Leading setters were Gale, with 49 sets and 15 assists; and Tuetken, with 14 sets and 2 assists.

Vermillion made 57 of 75 attacks, or 76 percent, with 20 kills. Attack leaders were Iverson, with 31 attacks and 7 kills;

Burcham, with 12 attacks and 5 kills; and Prasek, with 11 attack and 4 kills.

"In game two, Pierre put in their subs and let us get a little momentum. In game three, their blocking was not as effective," Coach Zeller said. "We hit the line well and blocked well ourselves."

The win upped the Tanagers' season record to 11-14.

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