Tanager volleyball ends season at District 8A finals

Tanager volleyball ends season at District 8A finals
On Thursday and Friday Nov. 1 and 2, Vermillion faced the Dakota Valley Panthers, and following a victory, met the Elk Point-Jefferson Huskies in the District 8A finals.

(Abbreviation Key): A = Ace, B = Block, D = Dig, K = Kill, SA = Set Assist.

The DV match was a come from behind win for the Tanagers 22-25, 25-21, 25-23, and 25-12.


Tanager player statistical results: Raychel Lorenz – 14 SA, 2 D; DeNell Dykstra – 8 K, 3 D; Alicia Brown – 4 K, 1 SA, 2 A, 16 D, 2 B; Kayla Gale – 8 K, 5 D, 2 B; Thania Mara Faria – 8 K, 3 B, 16 SA, 2 A, 12 D; Sierra Allen – 6 K, 1 D; Alexa Walker – 1 K, 2 A, 16 D.

Coach Lenni Billberg evaluated the night's play. "We had a great comeback win. We out hustled and out-defended a tough hitting Panther team. The defense of Alexa and Alicia, and the offense of the whole team led us to victory," she said.

The EP-J match was a four game loss for the Tanagers, scoring 11-25, 21-25, 25-23, and 19-25.

Tanager individual statistics: Lorenz – 11 SA; Sara Kjose – 4 SA, 2 D; Jenny Bye – 1 K, 3 D; Hannah Korkuska – 3 D, 1 SA,1 A; Walker – 16 D; Brown – 7 K, 3 SA, 14 D, 4 B; Allen – 4 K, 3 B; Faria – 12 K, 20 D; Dykstra – 1 K, 3 D; Gale – 7 K, 3 D, 1 B.

"This was a hard way to end a very successful season. Our Tanager ladies fought for every point, but could not keep the momentum long enough to win," said Coach Billberg.

Final season record – 13 wins, 11 losses.

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