Winners advance to state
Harrisburg def. O’Gorman 25-16, 25-21, 19-25, 19-25, 15-13 — Harrisburg claimed the final vacancy in the Class AA state volleyball tournament with a dramatic five-set win over O’Gorman. Nebraska signee Sami Slaughter made sure her senior season continued, logging four aces, 24 kills, six blocks and 20 digs. Rachel Nelson had an ace and 18 digs, Avery Thorson ahd 44 assists and Maddison Wassink had 15 kills. Megan Krull tallied three blocks. For O’Gorman, Maggie Jarding had four aces, McKenzie Hermanson had 39 assists and Rylee Smith ahd 23 kills. Grace Ortman logged five blocks and Meghan Bornhoft tallied 10 digs.
Lincoln def. Watertown 25-14, 19-25, 25-14, 18-25, 15-8 — The Patriots are headed to Brookings. Thanks to a 17-kill, three-block, one-ace performance from Nebraska signee Anezka Szabo, Lincoln took down Watertown in a five-set thriller. Allie Engel led the team with three aces and 45 aces, Maddi Barness added an ace, 14 kills and five blocks and Sydnaya Dunn had three blocks. Anna Boyens tallied 33 digs, while Sydney Siegel had 20 digs. Watertown was led by Annie Norberg who had two aces, Izzy Strap who had two aces and 10 assists and Mariah Gloe who had three aces, 11 digs and four blocks.
Pierre def. Douglas 25-11, 19-25, 25-18, 25-23
Aberdeen Central def. Rapid City Central 25-13, 25-20, 25-21
No. 1 Dakota Valley def. No. 16 Winner 25-10, 25-14, 25-11
No. 15 Sioux Valley def. No. 2 Custer 25-23, 25-21, 25-16
No. 3 Sioux Falls Christian def. No. 14 Redfield/Doland 25-17, 25-12, 25-13 — Behind a 12-kill, five-dig, three-ace performance from Kylee VanEgdom, Sioux Falls Christian punched its ticket to state with a sweep of Redfield/Doland. Ellie Voss logged 18 kills and half a block, while Emily Strasser notched three aces. Samantha Fykstra led the team with 41 assists and Ashley Lamfers had 10 kills. For Redfield-Doland, Kennedy Fast had seven digs and nine assists, Olivia Shantz had 10 kills and Eve Millar had a block and six assists.
No. 4 Bon Homme def. No. 13 Elk Point-Jefferson 23-25, 25-10, 25-18, 25-14
No. 5 Mobridge-Pollock def. No. 12 Pine Ridge 25-17, 25-18, 18-25, 25-23
No. 6 West Central def. No. 11 Groton Area 25-15, 25-16, 25-22 — West Central need just three sets to get past Groton and advance to the state tournament. Sydney Goertel led the way with nine kills, 12 digs, two aces and 16 assists, while teammate Ellie Stone added nine kills and 11 digs. Molly McMahon had 15 digs and Ashley Hannis had 13 assists. For Groton, Audrey Wanner and Gia Gengerke both had seven kills. Katie Kohler had 16 digs, an ace and 15 assists.
No. 10 Madison def. No. 7 St. Thomas More 25-23, 25-20, 25-23
No. 9 Milbank Area def. No. 8 Miller 25-21, 25-22, 19-25, 25-16