Vermillion Tanagers host Dakota Valley for Senior Night

Vermillion Tanagers host Dakota Valley for Senior Night By Parker Knox
Sports Writer The Vermillion High volleyball team, which last week stretched its winning streak to three and its seasonâ�?�?s record to 10-8 with dual wins over Ponca and Canton, finally get to play at home tonight for the first time in more than three weeks. It will be Senior Night at the VHS gym when the Tanagers entertain Dakota Valley in the next-to-last home match of the season.�?  Next week Vermillion goes to Harrisburg on Monday and hosts Elk Point-Jefferson Thursday to end the regular season. The Vermillion-EPJ match will be a preview of the following week when the same teams clash with each other in the District 8A semifinals.�? Dakota Valley and Beresford, the top and bottom seeds, respectively, will meet in the other semifinal match.�? Dakota Valley will host the district tournament Nov. 6-7. In Nebraska Oct. 14, the Tanagers fought back from a 26-24 first-game loss to win the second game over Ponca handily, 25-14.�?  There was not much to choose between these two teams the rest of the way, however, as Ponca won Game�? No. 3, 28-26, but Vermillion won the fourth game, 25-23, to send the match to a decisive fifth game.�? There the Tanagers prevailed, 15-8, to come home the winners. The kills department was led by Kayla Gale with 12, Sierra Allen with seven, Ashley Ouellette with six, Justine Sorensen with five and Michelle Blythe with four.�? Sara Kjose, who last week ranked seventh in the state in Class â�?�?Aâ�? in assists per game, had 30 at Ponca along with five service aces.�?  Ouellette and Allen had three and two aces, respectively.�? Bri Brinkmann, second in the state in digs, recorded 30, followed by Allenâ�?�?s 15, Kjoseâ�?�?s 12 and Galeâ�?�?s eight.�? Blythe, Kjose, Allen and Sorensen each was credited with a blocked shot. At Canton on Thursday, Jenny Bye, Gale, Ouellette and Sorensen each had seven kills, Allen five and Blythe four as the Tanagers won a close first game, 25-23; lost a second substantially, 25-11; then rallied for 25-20 and 27-25 wins to end the night with a 3-1 match triumph. Kjose had 29 assists.�?  Brinkmann and Bye had 18 and 13 digs, respectively.

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