Volleyball team has successful finish

Volleyball team has successful finish The Vermillion High School varsity volleyball team closed out its regular season with a 15-4, 15-2 Parents' Night win over the Beresford Watchdogs on Thursday, Feb. 15 in the high school gym.

The preliminary matches involved the freshmen girls on the C team who lost a close 9-15, 14-16 two-game squeaker to bring their final season record to 8-4.

"Overall, the girls had a winning season," said Coach Jana Prasek. "Their skills have greatly improved, which was our main objective for their first year playing at the high school level. I can't wait to see what next year will bring!"

Players cited for their play in the Beresford match were: Whitney Lawrence and Nicki Nelson with 5 and 3 aces; spikers Kat Redlin, Steph Bliss, and Kayla Mollett with four, three, and two kills, respectively; leading setter Delayna Gale had 10 assists while Redlin was credited with twoblocks.

The junior varsity is coached by Chris Fehring, who has led her team to an excellent 17-3 season record, capping the season with a swamping of the Watchdogs 15-2, 15-0.

"This was a great finish to a great season for the JV squad," Fehring said. "They made great strides throughout the season. I enjoyed coaching this bunch of kids! They are a lot of fun to be with. Thanks for a great season, girls!"

She wanted to recognize the following players for the final match: Meggie Donnelly � 12 service points, 4 aces; Dani Weydert � 7 service points, 3 aces; Dru Vankley � eight kills; Karen Sorensen � seven kills; Ashley Thompson � five kills; Meggie Donnelly � 13 assists; Tessa Tuetken � five assists. Vankley led the blockers with three, and the leaders in digs were Allison Stewart and Weydert with seven and five, respectively.

"We were finally able to 'close out' the match in strong fashion," said Head Coach Kathy Reckling in summarizing the last game of the season. "We got a 'killer instinct' when we got to 14 points and put the game away. I was really impressed with our overall defensive effort. It may have been the best team defense we showed this season. It was a great way to cap off the regular season and it's always fun to win on Parents' Night. This gives us great momentum heading into the district tournament next Saturday."

In the Beresford match the Tanagers were led in serving statistics by Ashley Bjorkman 8 points, Jaclyn Powell 7 points, and Elly Kjose and Carey Engstrom 2 aces each. Leslie Larson led the spikers with six kills, while Bjorkman had five and Nikki Mollet scored four. Elly Kjose again led the setters with 16 assists, and the defense was sparked by Powell and Kjose with seven digs each, while Tressa Olson had four digs.

With the win, the team finishes the season with a 17-9-2 record as they prepare for the District 8A Tournament to be held at Dakota Valley High School on Saturday, Feb. 24 beginning at 10 a.m.

District 8A features three teams ranked in the top 10 in the latest Class A volleyball poll with Alcester/Hudson at #4, Vermillion #7, and Elk Point/Jefferson #8. With Dakota Valley having home court advantage, all things point to probably the toughest and most competitive Class A District in the state.

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