Tanager volleyball hopes to bring â�?�?Aâ�?�? game to play By Parker Knox
Sports Writer Only two weeks remain in the regular season for volleyball, and in the case of the Vermillion Tanagers, that means three matches, two of them at home and one away, before postseason tournament play begins. Playing totally on the road since Oct. 2, the Tanagers will finally return to the VHS gym next Friday, Oct. 24, for a Senior Night match against Dakota Valley, the so-far top-seeded team in District 8A. Senior players to be honored that night include Bri Brinkmann, Kayla Gale, Dana Hannahs, Sara Kjose, Kelsey Osborne, Justine Sorensen and Jacey Wipf. In records updated last week, Dakota Valley has a 16-5 mark to lead the power-point standings in District 8A, whose tournament the Panthers will host Nov. 6-7.�? Vermillion stands at 8-8, Elk Point-Jefferson 9-9 and Beresford 3-14. In District 7A, the other half of this region, Harrisburg leads the way with a 16-2 record.�? Tea Area is 9-9, Canton is 5-14 and Lennox is 1-12. Tanager coach Lenni Billberg said it seems that, â�?�?Everybody in the region is beating up everybody else.â�? She said almost all of the area teams are within the Tanagersâ�?�? range of capability if they bring their â�?�?A gameâ�? to the gym. Her Vermillion clubâ�?�?s latest win, enabling the team to pull back to .500 at 8-8, was a 3-1 triumph�? at Madison on Oct. 7.�? The Tanagers have also scored wins over Todd County, Lennox, Tea Area, Bon Homme, Tri-Valley, West Central and Hills/Beaver Creek, MN.�? Vermillionâ�?�?s eight losses have been to West Central, Elk Point-Jefferson, Wagner, Milbank, South Sioux City and three Minnesota schools â�?�? Jackson County Central, Blue Earth Area and Southwest Minnesota. After playing on the road at Ponca, NE, and Canton this week, the Tanagers will go to Beresford on Tuesday before coming home for the Senior Night match against Dakota Valley.�? That will leave only an Oct. 27 date at Harrisburg and an Oct. 30 home finale against EP-J before tournament time arrives. The Tanagers were on the ropes in their dual at Madison after losing a close opening game, 25-22. But they rebounded to win 25-19, 25-21 and 26-24 to make it a happy bus ride home. Kayla Gale with 14 kills, Sierra Allen with 11, Ashley Ouellette with seven and Justine Sorensen with six led the Vermillion attack.�? Sara Kjose recorded 33 assists, 10 digs, three service aces, a solo block and a pair of block assists for an all-around fine game. Bri Brinkmann, who last week stood second in the state in the digs category, had 29 at Madison along with five service aces.�? Allen had nine digs and Gale eight.�? Sorensen contributed two solo blocks and three block assists while Gale also had three block assists.�? Jenny Bye scored a pair of aces as a server and recorded six digs.