Vermillion is second in SE Volleyball Classic After overcoming the elements during a two-week stretch, the Tanager volleyball team opened its season with wins over Canton and Harrisburg on successive nights, Dec. 14 and 15, at their opponents' courts.
Sporting a 2-0 record under their belts, the team entered the six-school Southeast Area Classic at Elk Point-Jefferson on Friday, Dec. 29.
Varsity pools consisted of: A � Elk Point-Jefferson, Lennox and Vermillion; and B � West Central, Harrisburg and Parkston. The meet followed a format where comparable results from both pools would "cross-over" and winning records advanced to a final champion.
EP-J defeated the Tanagers 15-10, 15-8 in the Classic final, Harrisburg placed third with a win over West Central, and Parkston claimed fifth by defeating Lennox.
Vermillon's path to the championship final included a 15-9, 15-11 win over Lennox in
the first game. Elly Kjose led the Tanagers with 9 service points, 11 assists, and 3/4 kills (75 percent). Leslie Larson had three solo blocks, four aces from 7 service points, and three digs. Ashley Thompson also scored 9 service points.
Game #2 became a marathon which found the VHS team losing two out of three matches 10-15, 15-8, 13-15 (rally). Valiant efforts were recorded by Larson � four blocks, two solo, nine kills, 7 service points, and three aces; Kjose � 23 assists; and Jaclyn Powell � five kills, 6 service points, three aces and 10 digs.
Game #3 had just the opposite result as Parkston was swept in two matches with Larson recording two blocks, two kills, 8 service points. Kjose had six assists and three kills. Thompson had 6 service points, two aces, and Powell was credited with six digs.
Game #4 redeemed the loss to EP-J by giving the Tanagers a 15-10, 13-15, 15-11 victory over Harrisburg in another marathon match. Ashley Bjorkman led the team in two categories � nine kills, 13 service points with four aces, and nine digs. Kjose again had 23 assists. Larson had five blocks (four solo) and 10 kills, while Powell recorded five aces in her 11 service points. Carey Engstrom had 11 digs, six kills, 7 service points and two aces.
In the championship game the Tanagers were led by Kjose with 6 service points, two aces and five assists. Larson had four solo blocks, two kills, two aces, and two digs, and Engstrom had a team-high five digs.
The season win-loss record stands at 5-2 and the team was entered in the East-West Quad at Todd County on Jan. 6.