When Sioux Falls Christian — just a set away from a repeat Class A volleyball title — fell behind 11-3 against Mt. Vernon/Plankinton, coach Darci Wassenar called a timeout.
It was apparent to senior standout Shelby Zomermaand that the Chargers needed to get back to their usual approach.
“That wasn’t the way we play,” Zomermaand said. “That wasn’t us having fun. After that timeout, we started having fun.”
Zomermaand, who finished with a game-high 24 kills, led the comeback effort and the Chargers took back the lead with 10 straight points and stingy defense at the net. The sweep gave SFC its fifth title in six years.
“We had to really fight back in Game 3 and I’m happy with the way the girls responded,” said coach Darci Wassenaar. “Shelby really stepped up and came through there and had a lot of key plays for us.”
Zomermaand led the Class A field in kills 6.7 per game and finished with a perfect hitting percentage. The 5-foot-10 senior had 18 kills against Milbank and 25 in the semifinals against Dakota Valley. A year ago at state she set the all-time ‘A’ record for kills with 80.