Vermillion loses to Gazelles 15-1, 15-5 at Summit Center

Vermillion loses to Gazelles 15-1, 15-5 at Summit Center The Yankton Gazelles volleyball team earned its 200th win in school history under Coach Ginger Larsen, defeating Vermillion 15-1, 15-5 at the Summit Center Monday night.

The Gazelles came out strong. Jenny Frick opened up on serve for the Gazelles, getting them out to a 1-0 lead quickly. After a pair of side outs, the Gazelles got back the serve and quickly reeled off five straight points to take a controlling 6-0 lead.

A Yankton error gave the serve back to Vermillion, but that was quickly ended by a Tanea Roberts kill to give the Gazelles back the serve. The Gazelles tacked on one more point, but were stopped on a kill by Vermillion's Lana Johnson. After a side out for Yankton, three consecutive aces by Roberts put the Gazelles up 10-0.

After an exchange of side outs, the Gazelles built their lead to 11-0 on a kill from Holly Sedlacek. A service error sent the serve back to Vermillion, which allowed them to score for the first time in the match off a Yankton error. This would be all for Vermillion's first game scoring.

After winning the next serve on a great block from Heidi Hejl, the Gazelles used a hard hit ace from Frick to build a 12-1 lead.

After four straight side outs, the Gazelles would get the serve back. Sedlacek rolled of three straight service points, the final one was finished off by a kill from Val Brinkman to give the Gazelles a 15-1 victory.

In the second game, it was Vermillion that came out hot, winning their first point to have their only lead of the match at 1-0. After a kill by Sedlacek led to a Yankton side out. The Gazelles would take advantage of the serve. A block by Sedlacek tied the game at 1-1. Then an out of rotation penalty on Vermillion gave the Gazelles their first lead in the second game and they would never look back. They would use a Vermillion error, and an ace by Hejl to build a 4-1 lead.

After a Vermillion point and a side out Yankton, a Roberts ace followed immediately by a kill from Megan Storm would bring the Yankton lead to 6-2. A pair of side outs and a service point from Storm would increase the lead to 7-2.

Vermillion would use a Yankton error that led to a side out and an ace by Johnson to cut the lead to 7-3. However, a Vermillion service error would give the serve back to Yankton. A kill by Hejl pushed the Gazelles lead to 8-3.

Two service points by Hejl built the Gazelles' advantage to 10-3. However, Vermillion hung tough, forcing a side out and winning two straight points to make it a 10-5 game. Yankton, however, proved to be too strong and those would be the last points that Vermillion would score in the match. Kills by Mandi McCallum and Roberts got Yankton a 12-5 advantage.

After a pair of side outs, Roberts would close out the match with three straight service points that were all ended by Hejl kills. This would give Yankton the game and the match 15-1, 15-5 over Vermillion.

"I was really happy with our improvement from the first game to the second game, we looked a lot more organized," said Vermillion head coach Kathy Reckling. Because we knew this was going to be a tough game, our focus was maybe more on preparing ourselves for the end of our season an anything else. Games against this kind of competition really get us ready to play against the schools that we normally play against."

The Gazelles were led in serving by Sedlacek with 10 points and Roberts with eight. Roberts led in kills with six and had four aces and nine digs. Frick had a team high 16 assists and Hejl led in digs with 15.

"Tonight was a good experience for our girls. Yankton is a tough team and we are trying to get ready for our districts and our regionals," said Reckling. "We tried to put some different people in some different positions tonight to try to find what is going to work for us down the road in our season."

The Tanagers dropped their season record to 12-13 with the loss. The Tanagers will be back in action on Thursday, Feb. 17 as they travel to Beresford for a dual match to end the regular season. The "C" match will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the "B" match and then the varsity match.

The Yankton JV team defeated Vermillion 15-2, 12-15, 15-6 on Monday night in Yankton. The Gazelles were led in serving points by Jill Dredla with 12 and Becky Hoesing with 11. Melanie Kline and Liz Becker has 10 assists each for the Gazelles. Hoesing led the Gazelles in digs with nine and Michelle Carter had a team high seven kills.

The Yankton sophomore team defeated Vermillion 15-0, 15-5 on Monday night. Shanna Ibarolle led the Gazelles with eight points on 7-7 serving and Emily Hansen added seven points which included five aces. Paige Kindle had a team high three assists. Sara Egge and Susan Stotz had a team high three digs each.

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