After being road warriors for the past month, Vermillion's volleyball team will finally have the chance to stay in their own gym this month.
The Tanagers will be home against Madison next Thursday for the first of five October home matches. Vermillion began this week with a dual record of 9-8.
Last week VHS fave the reigning state champs at Wagner and found out why the Red Raiders are the class of South Dakota volleyball. Nevertheless, "we did some really good things that the 3-0 score does not show," said Coach Lenni Billberg. "We dug a lot of tough balls and had some great saves, but the free balls we gave them they pounded back at us."
Michelle Blythe had a career-high 14 kills for Vermillion's offense. Jenny Bye led in digs with 18. Molly LeCates set the tone with some great setting.
The very next night VHS was on the road again, this time to Tea where the Tanagers had to rally in each of three games against the Titans before winning by a 3-0 score.
"They started very strong against us until our block shut down their middle and outside hitters," Billberg said. "Our quick attack and much improved passing were too much for them."
Sierra Allen had a great passing night along with 12 kills and four blocks. Ashley Ouellette was credited with four blocks, six kills, two service aces and six digs. Blythe had nine kills, two aces and eight digs. Jenny Bye had 17 digs, LeCates 17 assists and five digs, Lizzy Bye five kills and Elise Hughes-Berheim eight digs.
The game scores were 25-23, 25-18 and 25-17.
On Saturday in the Southeast Classic tournament at Tea Area High School, the Tanagers took it on the chin in all three games of pool play. They lost to Dakota Valley, the eventual sixth-place team, 20-25, 13-25; lost to eventual champion Milbank 19-25, 15-25, and lost to fourth-place Tea Area 16-25, 20-25.