Tanager volleyball season has abrupt ending

The volleyball season for Vermillion High School came to an abrupt conclusion in the District 8A semifinals in Elk Point Tuesday night.

The Tanagers, having to face top-seeded Elk Point-Jefferson on its home court because of their own fourth-place seeding, lost a 25-8 decision in the first game.  While they did better in the next two games, they couldn't match the Huskies.  EP-J won by 25-14 and 25-11 to complete a 3-0 sweep and advance to last night's championship match in Elk Point against Beresford.  The Watchdogs earned their spot in the title tilt with a 3-2 win over Dakota Valley.

Carlee Sorensen had 25 digs for the Tanagers in the last match of her volleyball career.  She and Sarah Szymonski are the only seniors on the VHS roster.  

Reanna Bertram with 24 assists, Cayla Hilbrands with 18 digs, and Cassie Hilbrands with 12 digs and 11 aces led EP-J to its victory.

The Tanager girls got an unpleasant foreshadowing of what might come in the district at their last regular-season match at home last Friday.

The EP-J girls rocked and rolled their way to a 25-2 win in the first game.  The Tanagers lost the second game, 25-12, and made a game of it in the third one before losing 25-19 for a 3-0 match defeat.  For the Huskies it concluded a 23-2 regular season while Vermillion finished a 3-18 regular season.

Katie Herrera had seven kills, Lexi Regnerus four kills and six digs, Sorensen 11 digs, and Sami Girard 10 set assists and nine digs.

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