The Class A No.1-ranked Sioux Falls Christian Chargers kicked off a busy week of volleyball in impressive fashion Tuesday night.
The Chargers defeated Southwest Minnesota Christian 25-9, 25-16 and 25-11 at the Chargers’ gym. The win moves Sioux Falls Christian’s record to 10-1 on the season.
Leading the way for the Chargers were Kristin Stern with 13 kills, Miranda Velgersdyk, who tallied five of the team’s 14 ace serves, and Stacy Smidt, who had 31 set assists.
SFC opened up a 4-0 lead in the first set before the Eagles clawed back with three straight points to close within one.
The Chargers went on a 7-1 run pushing their lead to 11-4.
The teams alternated points before Sioux Falls Christian slammed the door with an 11-1 run to win the first game 25-9.
The second set went back and forth early with eight ties before the Chargers took the lead at 13-12.
Sioux Falls Christian then scored 12 of the game’s last 17 points to secure a 25-17 win.
Game three saw the Chargers jump out to an early lead at 8-5.
Sioux Falls Christian then scored the game’s next six points, the last three of which came on ace serves from Velgersdyk to move ahead 14-5.
The Chargers outscored Southwest Minnesota Christian 11-6 to win the game 25-11 to seal the sweep.
Sioux Falls Christian’s Jordyn Oostra, who had eight kills in the win, praised her teammates who have helped her out in her first season with the team after transferring from Rapid City Central.
“It’s really exciting for me to come into a program that’s already built,” Oostra said. “They’re very good in pushing our team and they’re all great leaders.”
The Chargers will look to build on the momentum from the win during the rest of the week, starting with Dakota XII battle involving Class A’s top two ranked teams Thursday before playing in the Unity Christian tournament Saturday in Orange City, Iowa.
Sioux Falls Christian coach Darci Wassenaar said her team is ready for their upcoming matches.
“The girls are excited for the week,” she said. “We knew it was going to be a big week. I think what we can take with us is we have to be ready right from point number one on Thursday.”