The first week of the season could not have gone more smoothly than it did for Vermillion's volleyball team as the Tanagers swept to three straight victories.
Starting six seniors � "something we have never done," according to Coach Lenni Billberg � the season-opening triangular at Lennox on Aug. 30 resulted in a sweep for Vermillion.
"The girls carried out our game plan in both games," Billberg added. The Tanagers swept Todd County, 3-0, on set scores of 25-17, 25-21 and 25-6, and gave Lennox the same treatment, 3-0, on set scores of 25-20, 25-14 and 25-23.
Against Todd County Kelly Amundson had seven kills and five blocks. Emily McClelland had 18 digs and Lizzy Bye 10. Lexi Regnerus had four blocks and Kylie Fischbach 17 set assists.
In the Lennox dual Amundson rang the bell with 11 kills as well as two solo blocks and four block assists. McClelland upped her digs total to 26 and Bye hers to 13. Fischbach had 18 set assists and Sami Girard 12. Beth Szymonski had three solo blocks.
Last Thursday at South Sioux City both teams dealt with 98-degree heat in the gym where the air conditioning system failed on the worst possible night. Nevertheless, the Tanagers "just went out and got it done," their coach said. A 25-19 Tanager win in the first set was matched by a 25-21 Cardinal win in the second, but Vermillion followed with 25-17 and 25-22 wins to clinch the 3-1 victory.
Amundson again led in kills with seven, and Bye and Fischbach had five each and Szymonski four. Fischbach and Girard had 16 and seven set assists, respectively. McClelland led in digs with 14, followed by Szymonski with 10, Fischbach and Girard with eight each and Bye seven. Amundson had four block assists, Fischbach and Lexi Regnerus two solo blocks each and Fischbach four service aces and Bye three.
Vermillion will play both "A" and "B" teams in the Luverne Invitational on Saturday. The last home match for nearly a full month will come Tuesday against Sergeant Bluff-Luton.