Vermillion's volleyball victory total reached double digits last week as the Tanagers won a 3-2 decision at West Central to improve to 10-6 this fall.
The Tanagers skipped off the bus and dominated the first two sets, winning each by a 25-12 count. Coach Lenni Billberg later took personal blame for the team's losing momentum and dropping the third and fourth sets as she substituted liberally after the team had mounted a big 2-0 lead. West Central won 25-22 and 25-16 to force a deciding fifth set.
The chemistry returned, however, and Vermillion blew the Trojans away 15-2 to end the discussion promptly.
Kylie Fischbach posted eight kills, eight digs and 16 set assists. Sami Girard claimed 13 set assists and eight digs. Kelly Amundson pounded home eight kills. Lizzy Bye had 14 digs and seven service aces along with four kills. Beth Szymonski had five kills and Blair Gilkyson 10 digs.
Earlier in the week Vermillion lost at third-ranked Wagner in a 3-0 sweep as the Red Raiders won by scores of 25-18, 25-13 and 25-14. Bye had seven kills and seven digs, Fischbach 11 set assists, Gilkyson five digs, Valerie Moos five digs, Girard four digs, Amundson four digs, three blocks and three block assists and Lexi Regnerus three block assists.
After a home dual last night (Thursday) against Madison, the Tanagers continue an easy-to-take October home stand with two more duals at the VHS gym next week. Ponca comes in Tuesday and Canton Thursday.