It wasn't that they didn't arrive ready to play.
The Vermillion volleyball athletes took two last-play victories in the first two games of their dual at Bon Homme last Tuesday and dominated Tri-Valley in the first game of their home dual Thursday.
But in each case the Tanagers couldn't hold on to their leads. By night's end they had lost to Bon Homme 3-2 and to Tri-Valley 3-1.
The week ended in Luverne, MN, Saturday when Vermillion scored a 2-0 victory over Edgerton, MN, while losing similar best-of-three duals to Blue Earth Area, Luverne, Pipestone and Southwest Christian, all Minnesota schools.
VHS edged Bon Homme 26-24 and 25-23 in the early going at Tyndall, but a narrow 26-24 win by Bon Homme in the third game changed the momentum. The Cavaliers won handily, 25-11, in Game No. 4 and won the deciding game by the narrowest of margins, 26-24.
Lizzie Bye had nine kills, 12 digs, four service aces, and two blocked shots. Kylie Fischbach contributed five kills, 10 assists, two digs and four aces. Sami Girard pitched in with 12 assists and a kill. Lexi Regnerus had eight blocks, three digs and two kills, and Carlee Sorensen had 16 digs.
After VHS trimmed Tri-Valley 25-17, the Mustangs answered with three straight wins – 25-22, 25-18 and 25-17. Bye had 12 kills, 13 digs and two blocks, Girard 18 assists, 11 digs and two aces and Sorensen 24 digs.
In Luverne the Tanagers' win over Edgerton came by scores of 25-21 and 25-12. Blue Earth Area topped the Tanagers 27-25 and 25-13. The host Cardinals won by 25-19 and 25-20 over VHS. Pipestone's wins were by scores of 25-21 and 25-24. Southwest Christian had an easier time, 25-17 and 25-12.
VHS returns to Tyndall for Bon Homme's invitational this Saturday, then finally gets a home match again on Tuesday against Tea Area.