Herreid-Selby Area settles for sixth
By Jay Davis
With a win over Timber Lake sandwiched between two losses, the Herreid-Selby Area Wolverines were forced to settle for sixth place at the State B Volleyball Tournament, played Thursday through Saturday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.
“It is an understatement to say we were disappointed,” said coach Jody Schmidt. “Sixth or fourth in our case is about the same. The top three teams were really good. Teams four through six were pretty equal.”
The Wolverines never found a rhythm in the consolation championship and dropped a 3-0 match to Andes Central. The Lady Eagles defeated the Wolverines 25-15, 25-21, 25-18.
Andes Central used “sister power” to win the match, relying heavily on Krista and Kellie Winckler and Payton and Dennisha Johanneson. The foursome combined for 40 kills with the Winckler sisters combining for 30 kills alone.
“Andes Central was a good team,” said Schmidt. “Most teams we play during the year have two or three weapons. They went at us with four different players. Just when we would figure out to stop one, they would switch things up.”
Andes Central played well on defense too, holding the Wolverines to 28 kills and nary a single ace.
“That was by far the best they played at the tournament,” said Schmidt. “When scouting them in previous matches, they were nowhere near that powerful.”
Shauni Schwartz led the Wolverine offense for the third straight game, but had a tourney low 10 kills. Haylee Biel and Jana Thorstenson followed with five kills each. McKenzie Frank set the line up with 14 assists. Abbey Fjeldheim led the defense with 16 digs. Frank followed with nine.
Kristen Winckler led Lake Andes with 17 kills. Kellie Winckler had 13 kills and Dennisha Johanneson had eight. Sierra Stavos spread the ball around with 33 assists. Kellie Winckler, Stavos and Dakota Goode had 11, 10 and 10 digs, respectively. The Winckler sisters combined for seven blocks.
The Wolverines regrouped after an opening round loss to sweep Timber Lake 3-0, winning 25-18, 25-19, 25-12.
“After Thursday’s loss, we had a team discussion about expectations, effort and heart,” said Schmidt. “In round one, I think the girls expected to win, but didn’t give a whole-hearted effort to get the job done. In round two, they really came out with fire and determination. They knew it would be a battle and they wanted to win that battle.”
Herreid-Selby Area started the Timber Lake match with a 4-0 run and never looked back. Timber Lake was never closer than 17-14. The Wolverines used a 5-0 run in the middle of set two to turn a 13-13 tie into an 18-13 lead. Set three was all Wolverines as the girls jumped out quickly with a 10-2 run.
Schwartz dominated the middle with 15 kills. Biel had eight kills and Kelsey Quaschnick had four. Frank led setting with 17 assists. Fjeldheim led the back row defense with 10 digs and fired off two aces. Kendra Thorstenson and Frank added seven digs each.
“Defensively, we played very well,” said Schmidt. “The serve-receive was near perfect, which allowed us to run our offense. It was a true team effort.”
Kristie Mettler and Courtney Dahlgren led the Lady Panther offense with 12 and 10 digs, respectively. Mettler also led defensively with a match-leading 16 digs. Skya Ducheneaux set the hitters up with 12 assists.
There were plenty of chances for the Wolverines in the opening round, but it was not to be as they dropped a 3-1 decision to James Valley Christian.
“In game one, we dominated and played our game; hitting, blocking and defending,” said Schmidt. “In game two, we started out slowly. They made some adjustments and began to tip the ball a lot. It took us out of our rhythm. We still made some plays, but we couldn’t bunch any points together.”
After opening with an overwhelming 25-9 win, Herreid-Selby Area and James Valley Christian locked up in a classic battle. Set two was tied at 18, 20, 24, 26 and 28 before JCV scored two straight points for a 30-28 win. In set three, JVC pulled away late for a 25-21 lead. Set four was back and forth all the way.
The game was tied 17 times up until 24-24 when Leslie Brondsema blocked a Wolverine kill attempt and Kristen Williams put down a kill for the deciding points as JVC ended the match with a 26-24 win.
“We had so many opportunities, but they kept they kept so many balls in play with their scrappy defense,” said Schmidt. “Just when we thought we had finished a point, the ball came flying back over the net.”
Schwartz was a dominating presence in the middle with 22 kills and four blocks. Biel scored 12 kills and blocked 2.5 JVC shots. Quaschnick had nine kills and Jana Thorstenson had seven. Frank had 28 assists and Kendra Thorstenson had 13. Five players had double digit digs. Frank led with 21. Abbey Fjeldheim had 18 digs and led serving with three aces.
Arianna Zuccaro and Tara Nihart led the Lady Vikings. Zuccaro had 14 kills and 29 digs. Nihart had 14 assists, eight kills, four aces and 34 digs.
Following three games and 47 kills, Schwartz was named to the all-tournament team. She earned the same honor at last fall’s state tournament.
Schwartz is joined on the all-tournament team by Ashley Rozell, Carly Rozell and Rachel Rogers of state champion Warner, Samantha Boeck, Brett Heuer and Brooke Hennrich of Arlington, Kellie Winckler and Krista Winckler of Andes Central, Amber Dysthe and Allison Sanner of Parker and Tara Nihart of James Valley Christian.
Herreid-Selby Area (29-4)15 21 18
Andes Central (31-4)25 25 25
Herreid-Selby Area: Serving 0 aces; Setting 24 assists (McKenzie Frank 14, Kayla Olson 6, Kendra Thorstenson 4); Hitting 28 kills (Shauni Schwartz 10, Haylee Biel 5, Jana Thorstenson 5, Kelsey Quaschnick 3, Frank 2, Abbey Fjeldheim, McKenzie Reierson, K. Thorstenson); Blocks 2 (Biel 1.5, Quaschnick .5); Digs 49 (Fjeldheim 16, Frank 9, K. Thorstenson 5, Schwartz 4, Taylor Madden 4, Biel 3, Devonia Meidinger 3, Quaschnick 2, Reierson 2, Marissa Beck).
Andes Central: Serving 7 aces (Kellie Winckler 2, Krista Winckler 2, Payton Johanneson, Dennisha Johanneson, Latasha Dion); Setting 36 assists (Sierra Stavos 33, P. Johanneson, Ke. Winckler, Kr. Winckler); Hitting 45 kills (Kr. Winckler 17, Ke. Winckler 13, D. Johanneson 8, Hayli Gray 4, P. Johanneson 2, Stavos); Blocks 9 (Kr. Winckler 4, Ke. Winckler 3, P. Johanneson 1.5, Stavos .5); Digs 62 (Ke. Winckler 11, Stavos 10, Dakota Goode 10, Dion 8, Kr. Winckler 8, D. Johanneson 6, Gray 6, P. Johanneson 3).
Timber Lake (24-9)18 19 12
Herreid-Selby Area (29-3)25 25 25
Timber Lake: Serving 2 aces (Laura O’Leary, Kathryn Biegler); Setting 22 assists (Skya Ducheneaux 12, Kailee Webb 6, Kristie Mettler 2, Tylyn LeBeau 2); Hitting 27 kills (Mettler 12, Courtney Dahlgren 10, Webb 3, Pelagie Jewett, Ducheneaux); Blocks 1 (Dahlgren); Digs 38 (Mettler 16, Ducheneaux 6, Biegler 6, Dahlgren 3, O’Leary 3, Webb 2, Reba Aberle, LeBeau).
Herreid-Selby Area: Serving 4 aces (Fjeldheim 2, Grace Russell, Jenna Vander Laan); Setting 27 assists (Frank 17, K. Thorstenson 5, Russell 2, Fjeldheim 2, J. Thorstenson); Hitting 31 kills (Schwartz 15, Biel 8, Quaschnick 4, J. Thorstenson 2, K. Thorstenson, Frank); Blocks 3 (Biel, Schwartz, K. Thorstenson); Digs 48 (Fjeldheim 10, K. Thorstenson 7, Frank 7, Olson 5, Quaschnick 4, Schwartz 4, Madden 3, Meidinger 3, Biel 2, J. Thorstenson 2, Reierson).
James Valley Christian (22-6)9 30 25 26
Herreid-Selby Area (28-3)25 28 21 24
James Valley Christian: Serving 10 aces (Tara Nihart 4, Jaclyn Loban 3, Ariana Zuccaro, Hannah Loban, Kristen Williams); Setting 23 assists (Nihart 14, Williams 3, J. Loban 3, H. Loban, Betsy Nelson, Leslie Brondsema); Hitting 41 kills (Zuccaro 14, Nihart 8, J. Loban 8, Brondsema 5, Williams 4, Nelson 3); Blocks 4 (Nelson 2, Brondsema 1.5, Williams .5); Digs 119 (Nihart 34, Zuccaro 29, J. Loban 24, Nelson 13, Williams 9, H. Loban 8, Brondsema).
Herreid-Selby Area: Serving 5 aces (Fjeldheim 3, Madden, Meidinger); Setting 44 assists (Frank 28, K. Thorstenson 13, Olson 2, Quaschnick); Hitting 53 kills (Schwartz 22, Biel 12, Quaschnick 9, J. Thorstenson 7, Frank 2, Fjeldheim); Blocks 8 (Schwartz 4, Biel 2.5, K. Thorstenson 1.5); Digs 113 (Frank 21, Fjeldheim 18, K. Thorstenson 16, Quaschnick 14, J. Thorstenson 14, Madden 9, Schwartz 8, Biel 7, Reierson 3, Olson 2, Meidinger).