Volleyball team has successful season end

Volleyball team has successful season end by Jim Prosser The VHS varsity volleyball team closed out its regular season with a 16-14, 15-6 win over the Beresford Watchdogs on Thursday, Feb. 14 in the BHS gym.

The preliminary matches involved the freshmen girls on the C team who won a 15-8, 15-1 two game runaway to bring their season to an end. The C team coach, Angie Bjorkman, assessed the team�s performances.

�I had a great group of girls to work with. They showed tremendous improvement throughout the season and the supported and encouraged each other regardless the player�s position on the roster (top or bottom),� she said.

She gave credit to the following in the Beresford match: Laura Aga � 4 aces and 5 digs; Jackie Thomas � 2 aces, 5 assists and 6 digs; Melissa Olson � 2 aces and 3 kills; Brittany Weydert � 4 kills; Annie Carlson � 3 kills; and Ellen Odson � 5 set assists.

The junior varsity became a joint coaching effort when coach Angela Golesh transferred to Colorado in mid-season. Christy Schnable volunteered to help and covered the practice time for them. The coaches recognize the following players for the winning (15-4, 15-8) final match: Delayna Gale, Nikki Nelson, and Morgan Hollingsworth � 2 aces each; Annie Carlson and Colette Joy � 5 and 4 kills respectively.

Gale had 8 set assists; Nelson led with 5 digs, and Brittany Sand had 4.

Head coach Lenni Billberg was ecstatic about the varsity team�s performance.

�Tonight, the girls came out to win at all costs. For the first time in several matches, the Tanagers finished with authority. Everyone had an extra fire in their eyes which helped us to come out on top,� Billberg said. �Defensively we really hustled and blocked well which frustrated the Watchdogs and kept them from fighting back. We were finally able to ?close out� the match in strong fashion for the 16-14, 15-6 victory. This gives us great momentum heading into the district tournament next Monday.�

In the Beresford match the Tanagers were led in serving by Allison Stewart � 8 points, 1 ace; Karen Sorensen � 6 points, 2 aces; and Ashley Bjorkman � 6 points. Sorensen led the spikers with 9 kills while Bjorkman had 7.

Meggie Donnelly again led the setters with 20 assists, and the defense was sparked by Bjorkman with 13 digs while Tessa Tuetken and Whitney Tolsma scored 10 digs each. Blocks at the net were credited to Tuetken (4), Dru Vankley (4) and Tolsma (2).

With the win, the team finishes with an 18-15-21 record as it prepares for the District 8A Tournament to be held at EP-J High School on Monday, Feb. 25.

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