Tanager volleyball now 3-2 in duals after losses last week

Vermillion's volleyballers, 3-2 in duals after losses to Bon Homme and Tri-Valley last week, go back out on the road for the next two weeks, starting with the Bon Homme Invitational in Tyndall Saturday.

VHS will play at Tea Area next Tuesday.

 In a battle of undefeated teams Bon Homme took the first two sets at the VHS gym, 25-20, but VHS rallied to hand Bon Homme its first set loss of the season, 28-26.  However, the Cavaliers won the fourth, 25-19, to clinch a 3-1 win.

 On the attack Kelly Amundson, Katie Herrera and Kylie Fischbach slammed home seven kills apiece, Sami Girard had 16 set assists and Fischbach 11, and Beth Szymonski had four ace serves.  Stephanie Erwin and Lizzy Bye had six kills each.

 The Tanagers placed six girls in double figures in digs � Szymonski 21, Bye 21, Emily McClelland 18, Fischbach 17, Blair Gilkyson 12 and Lexi Regnerus 11.  Amundson had four block assists, Fischbach and Herrera three apiece.

VHS again were in a 2-0 hole after the first two sets at Tri-Valley but rallied to win 25-22 and 25-20 to force a fifth set.  The Mustangs jumped to a quick lead and held on for a 15-12 win to snare a 3-2 victory.

Gilkyson had 28 digs, McClelland 13, Szymonski 11 and Girard 10.  Fischbach had 14 set assists, four ace serves and four assisted blocks.  Girard contributed 11 set assists.  In the kills department Szymonski had eight, Bye seven, Fischbach six and Amundson five.

"We're going to be a great team when we get everything on the right page," Billberg said.

At the Luverne tournament Saturday perhaps the most stunning development was not in the two duals the Tanagers won but in one of the two in which they split two games.  Vermillion handed perennial powerhouse Pipestone/Jasper a 25-13 shellacking after losing the first game to that team, 17-25.  Earlier Vermillion split with Southwest Christian of Edgerton, Minn., winning 25-23 and losing 25-6.

The Tanagers also defeated Edgerton Public, 2-0, on game scores of 25-19 and 25-16 and did the same to host Luverne by 25-21 and 26-24.  In the last dual of the day Vermillion ran out of gas and lost a pair to Blue Earth, 25-20 and 25-15.  Two starters were missing from the Tanager lineup all day due to ACT testing commitments.

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