By Parker Knox
The Tanager volleyball girls have their work cut out for them as postseason play begins next week.
Vermillion will be the No. 4 seed in District 8A and as such has to first take on the top-seeded Dakota Valley team, which will host the semifinal round of the district in North Sioux City.
The Nos. 2 and 3 seeds, Elk Point-Jefferson and Beresford, will square off in the 6 p.m. semifinal encounter with VHS and Dakota Valley slated to play at 8 p.m.
Tuesday's winners will play next Thursday at 7 p.m. for the district championship on the home court of the higher remaining seed. That champion advances to play on the home court of the District 7A champion for the Region 4A title on Nov. 6 to determine an entrant into the state tourney in Watertown on Nov. 15-17.
As they prepared for their last regular-season match at home against EP-J last night (Thursday), the Tanagers dropped three duals last week, falling at the hands of Beresford, Dakota Valley and Harrisburg.
The Tanagers gave Beresford three good games but lost by set scores of 19-25, 20-25 and 21-25. Katie Herrera led the kills department with eight, Sarah Hughes-Berheim had 15 digs, and Mariah Larson contributed 11 digs and 17 set assists.
After losing an opening set to Harrisburg by 25-13, the Tanagers made things interesting in the final two sets but lost them by 25-23 nd 25-21 scores in a 3-0 loss. Megan Olson had nine digs and a pair of solo blocks, Hughes-Berheim had three service aces, and Herrera had five assists and two solo blocks.