Vermillion volleyball runs into toughest part of season

Vermillion volleyball runs into toughest part of season By Parker Knox After winning five out of six matches from late September through mid-October, the Vermillion volleyball team ran into the toughest part of their schedule and finished the regular season last week with four straight losses. Bringing their regular-season mark to 10-12 were last week's 3-0 defeats at the hands of the region's top team, Harrisburg, and a fellow district rival, Elk Point-Jefferson. The Tanagers and EP-J were to meet again Thursday night in the semifinals of District 8A.  The winner of that match will take on the Dakota Valley-Beresford winner in the district championship match at Dakota Valley tonight (Friday).  The district champ advances to the Region 4A title match Tuesday at the home of the District 7A winner (Harrisburg, Tea Area, Canton or Lennox). Vermillion knew it was in for a tough evening when Harrisburg rolled to a 25-8 victory in the match's first game.  The Tigers followed that up with 25-14 and 25-19 wins to clinch the sweep. Kayla Gale with 13 kills and a pair of service aces led the Tanager offensive thrust.  Justine Sorensen had five kills.  Sara Kjose and Jenny Bye also had two service aces apiece.  Kjose contributed 27 assists and four digs.  Bri Brinkmann led in digs with 12 while Sierra Allen added eight and Bye four. The first game of the Vermillion-EPJ match was the most competitive of the evening's three games.  The Huskies won it 25-18, then continued with 25-15 and 25-12 triumphs. Allen with six kills and Gale with five led the Tanagers in that statistic.  Kjose had 16 assists, and in digs Brinkmann had 15, Allen 12, Gale 11 and Bye eight.

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