On the evening of a day when Vermillion High's volleyball girls had joined fellow students in working at various volunteer projects around the community, they groggily rode the bus to Tea for a match against the Titans.
Their day's labors showed for awhile on the court as the Titans won the first set, 25-12, but after that, in Coach Lenni Billberg's words, the Tanagers "came on like gangbusters."
Vermillion tied the match with a 25-22 win, then won two more close ones, 25-20 and 25-22 to climb back onto the bus with a 3-1 win, their ninth victory of the season in 14 matches.
Billberg said Kylie Fischbach had the best game of her season to date, posting 18 set assists, five blocks and four ace serves. Sami Girard contributed with 10 set assists, Kelly Amundson posted nine blocks and Beth Szymonski recorded 23 digs. Val Moos stepped in where the Tanagers had had some injury problems and contributed a great 15-dig match.
After duals this week at Wagner and West Central, the Tanagers will have a full week to rest and heal before starting a long-awaited six-match homestand through most of October. Leading it off will be a dual at the VHS gym against Madison next Thursday.