Vermillion's volleyball team will face the ultimate challenge on opening night of the District 8A tournament next Tuesday.
The Tanagers, as the district's fourth seed, have to take on the top seed, Elk Point-Jefferson, on the Huskies' home court in Elk Point in the tournament's opening game. No. 2 Beresford and No. 3 Dakota Valley will clash in the other semifinal for the right to advance to the championship match, will be played at Elk Point next Thursday. The district champ then moves to a regional title match the following week.
Vermillion will know exactly what it faces on Tuesday because the Tanagers hosted EP-J last night in the regular season's finale.
Last Friday the Tanagers delighted home court fans with a 3-1 win over Dakota Valley, their fourth victory of the season in 25 matches. As usual, Vermillion won the first game, 25-17, but lost the second, 25-19. However, the Tanagers pulled out a pair of squeakers in the third and fourth games, both of which went down to the wire, 25-23 and 27-25.
Beth Szymonski had 11 kills, Lizzy Bye eight kills and 14 digs, Kelly Amundson six kills and seven digs, Sami Girard 12 set assists and 10 digs, Kylie Fischbach 18 set assists and Carlee Sorensen 19 digs.
Earlier last week Vermillion played three competitive games but lost at Beresford, 3-0, on game scores of 19-25, 19-25 and 21-25. Szymonski had seven kills, Sorensen 12 digs and Fischbach eight assists, five service aces and two blocks.
On Monday in their last road trip of the regular season the Tanagers fell at Harrisburg, losing by game scores of 19-25, 17-25 and 13-25 to the eighth-ranked Tigers. Harrisburg finished the Big 8 Conference with a perfect 5-0 record while Vermillion ended at 1-3 in the league.
Sorensen and Girard with 11 and nine digs, respectively, led the defense. On offense Regnerus had four kills while Fischbach led in set assists with eight.