Tanagers lose to Gazelles in volleyball

Tanagers lose to Gazelles in volleyball by Jim Prosser The Tanager Volleyball team traveled to the Yankton Gazelles Feb. 4 for a triple header match. The results were a �downer� for the JV and freshman squads who lost both games in their matches.

The varsity team, with 15-11, 3-15 , 8-15 scores, had an exciting three game match while the �C� team fell 1-15 , 4-15 against the Yankton sophomores and the two game sweep was matched by the junior varsity 3-15, 5-15.

Statistics for the �B� and �A� team were not available, but �C� coach Angie Bjorkman cited

Kelsie Austin for her 3 ace serves and 6 digs; Melissa Olson�s solo block; and Erin Austin�s 6 defensive digs.

Head coach Lenni Billberg has attained an excellent varsity volleyball team season record of 17 wins, 14 losses, and 1 tie, with matches yet to be played against Viborg (Feb. 11) and Beresford (Feb. 14).

�The tale of the games was simply passing,� she said in her evaluation of the Tanagers� play against Yankton. �When we passed well we were successful, but unfortunately the Gazelles� serves were too much for us. On the bright side, however, our outside hitters � Ashley Bjorkman and Karen Sorensen � both came back from illness and injury to post strong games.�

The Tanagers were led by Bjorkman with 8 service points, 1 ace, 16 digs, 1 block assist, and 7 kills. Meggie Donnelly had 12 assists, 6 digs, 3 kills, 4 blocks (2 solo) and 4 service points. Also making major contributions were Sorensen � 1 block, 4 kills, 3 service points, and 6 digs; Tessa Tuetken � 9 digs, 4 kills, 1 solo block, 5 service points, and 1 ace and Whitney Tolsma with 6 digs, 2 blocks, 3 kills, 3 service points and 1 ace.

Allison Stewart recorded 3 service points and 6 digs.

�As the season nears tournament time, the VHS girls are showing signs of greatness. We hope that all the signs will come together for a complete match,� said coach Billberg.

The District 8A Tournament will be held at Elk Point on Monday, Feb. 25 starting at 4:30 p.m.

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