The volleyball season reaches tournament time next week, and the Vermillion Tanagers will enter District 8A play as the No. 3 seed.
The Tanagers, who had a perfect month of October going, ran into a pair of district opponents last week and lost to both by 3-1 margins. The two defeats solidified Vermillion's hold on the No. 3 slot in the district.
VHS will play a semifinal match Thursday at the No. 2 seed. That will likely be Dakota Valley, but it could be Elk Point-Jefferson. EPJ was the top seed heading into this week's final regular-season matches.
Beresford, the bottom seed, will play in the semifinals at the home court of the top seed. Thursday's losers are done for the year, but the winners play Friday night at the higher remaining seed's home court for the district championship.
It was Beresford which put an end to Vermillion's four-game win skein last Tuesday. The Watchdogs won 25-20 in the first game, but the Tanagers evened it up with a 25-23 win. Beresford then won 25-20 and 26-24 to eke out the match win.
Vermillion was led on the court in digs by Michelle Blythe with 15, followed by Kylie Fischbach and Elyse Hughes-Berheim with 12 each, Jenny Bye with 11, Sierra Allen and Lizzie Bye with 10 each and Ashley Ouellette with nine. Allen had seven kills, Lizzy Bye six and Blythe five. Molly LeCates and Fischbach had 13 and 12 assists, respectively.
On Friday the Tanagers had a chance to close the gap between them and No. 2 Dakota Valley, but the panthers prevailed with three straight game wins – 25-14, 25-19 and 25-17 – after Vermillion had won a dominating 25-12 game to start the evening.
Allen had 12 kills and 13 digs, Jenny Bye six kills and 16 digs, Blythe eight kills and six digs, LeCates 14 assists and six digs, Fischbach 18 assists and Hughes-Berheim 12 digs.
Vermillion's dual record stood at 13-10 heading into this week's last regular-season duals against Harrisburg and Elk Point-Jefferson.