Tanager volleyball sets sights on tourney By: Parker Knox
Sportswriter Itâ�?�?s tournament time for South Dakota volleyball teams, and Vermillionâ�?�?s Tanagers have to forget a pair of losses to district opponents last week and concentrate on the task at hand. Dakota Valley, which has by far the best record in District 8A, will host the tournament Thursday and Friday, Nov. 6-7, and will play fourth-seed Beresford in the opening round.�? Vermillion and Elk Point-Jefferson, who finished the regular season with a match against each other Thursday night, will play in the 6 p.m. match next Thursday. Thursdayâ�?�?s winners clash in the district final at Dakota Valley Friday night, and the winner advances to the home court of the District 7A champion on Nov. 11 to decide the regional champion who will advance to the state tournament. The Tanagersâ�?�? record evened out at the .500 mark again last week at 10-10 after dual losses to Beresford and Dakota Valley. After a 25-15 Vermillion win the opening game, the next three games were as close as they could possibly be â�?�? 25-23 for Beresford, 26-24 for the Tanagers, and 26-24 for Beresford.�? That sent the match to a fifth game where the Watchdogs prevailed, 15-9, for a 3-2 match victory. Jenny Bye with 11 kills, Sierra Allen with 10, Ashley Ouellette with seven and Kayla Gale and Justine Sorensen with six each paced the Tanager attack.�? Setter Sara Kjose recorded 40 assists along with a service ace and 11 digs.�? Bri Brinkmann led the team in digs with 24.�? Bye had 10 and Allen and Gale nine apiece.�? Sorensen also had three service aces. Dakota Valley reached the 20-win mark for the season with a 3-1 win at Vermillion Thursday.�? The Tanagers with a 26-24 win in the opening game gave the Panthers a wakeup call after which they won by 25-19, 25-18 and 25-19 to regain control and take the match. Allen had 11 kills, Gale seven, Ouellette six and Bye five.�? Kjose had 31 assists.�? Brinkmann had 29 digs, Kjose 13, Bye 12, Allen nine and Gale eight.