Three matches, all against tough opponents, await the Vermillion volleyball girls as they continue their pursuit of home-court advantage in the upcoming District 8A tournament.
The Tanagers stood at 13-6 at the beginning of this week and had the top seed, which means hosting the district tournament the week after next. But Elk Point-Jefferson was right behind at 14-10, and Dakota Valley was threatening with a 12-9 record. Beresford brings up the rear with a 9-11 record.
The Tanagers will be home tonight (Friday) against that Dakota Valley team. On Monday it will be the last home match of the regular season, and the opponent will be Harrisburg, which currently holds the top seed spot in District 7A, the other district which comprises Region 4. Finally Vermillion closes the regular season next Thursday at EP-J. The district tournament dates will be Tuesday and Thursday, Nov. 1 and 3.
Vermillion kept the hounds at bay by winning both of its matches last week on their home court – 3-0 over Ponca and 3-2 over Canton.
The Tanagers swept Ponca by set scores of 25-18, 25-20 and 25-15. Lexi Regnerus recorded seven kills and two blocks, Kylie Fischbach four kills and 13 set assists, Lizzy Bye four kills and six digs and Beth Szymonski four kills and four digs to lead Vermillion to its victory.
Vermillion won its 13th dual of the season in a barn-burner with Canton. The visiting C-Hawks won, 25-16, in the opening set, but the Tanagers rolled to a 25-14 win in the second set. The Tanagers won a close one, 25-23, and lost a close one, 22-25, to set up a deciding fifth set, which was Vermillion's by a 15-8 count.
Szymonki registered 10 kills and 15 digs, Bye eight kills and 28 digs, Fischbach seven kills and 12 digs, Sami Girard 20 assists with 15 digs and Emily McClelland 31 digs in the marathon match.