State Volleyball Roundup for Nov. 18: Jefferson upsets Washington in Class AA Semifinals – Mitchell Republic

SIOUX FALLS — Six teams punched their ticket to the South Dakota State Volleyball Championships at the Premier Center on Friday. Here’s all the action from the semifinals of the state tournament.

#4 Sioux Falls Jefferson 3, #1 Sioux Falls Washington 2

For the first time in the school’s short two-year history, Sioux Falls will play Jefferson for a Class AA state volleyball title after beating No. 1 Washington in Friday’s semifinals. Set results were 25-23, 12-25, 25-22, 20-25 and 15-7.

The Cavaliers meet No. 3 Harrisburg in Saturday’s Class AA State Championship. For Jefferson, Ella Kvernmo and Madison Paulsen had 12 kills, with Taylor Evenson finishing with seven kills and six total blocks. Cora Hokenstad had a match high of 19 digs while Presly Pastian had 18 digs. Jefferson finished the tournament with an 11-8.5 lead in total team blocks but was beaten 56-46 on Warriors kills.

Washington had 25 kills, four aces and 14 digs from Joslyn Richardson and 15 from Carlie Beckstrand. Macie Malchow had 42 assists and Taryn Kirsch had 17 goals for the Warriors (26-5) who will play Sioux Falls O’Gorman for third place.

#3 Harrisburg 3, #2 Sioux Falls O’Gorman 1

In a battle of the Powers of Class AA, Harrisburg shrugged off a first-set loss to emerge with a four-set state semifinal victory, defeating 2021 state champion O’Gorman. Set results were 21-25, 25-21, 25-23 and 25-23.

Gabrielle Zachariasen had 18 kills and 11 digs, with 12 kills from Kaelyn Snoozy and 11 kills and 17 digs from Morrisen Samuels. Maggie Meister had 22 digs and Kayleigh Hybertson had 41 set assists for the Tigers (27-3) who will face Sioux Falls Jefferson in Saturday’s Class AA state title match.

O’Gorman had 19 kills and 13 digs from Bergen Reilly, with 13 kills and seven blocks from Brogan Beck. Brooke Harvison had 36 set assists and Gabriella Jones had 20 swipes for the Knights (26-5), who meet Washington for third place on Saturday.

#4 Sioux Falls Christian 3, #8 Elk Point-Jefferson 0

Sioux Falls Christian will play for a sixth straight Class A state volleyball championship on Saturday night after beating Elk Point-Jefferson in the semifinals at Premier Center on Friday. Sentence scores were 25-17, 25-7 and 25-15.

Ellie Lems had 12 kills, including 10 each from Peyton Poppema and Sidney Oostra for SFC (32-5). Addisen Barber had 32 assists while Oostra led the Chargers with 12 tries. SFC held an 8-3 advantage in team blocks and racked up 41 kills versus EPJ’s 18.

For the Huskies (25-10), Josie Curry had six kills and Sophia Giorgio had 16 set assists and 12 digs. Bentlee Kollbaum, who had 18 kills in the excitement of Wagner with the No. 1 on Thursday, was pinned down to just five kills Friday night. EPJ meets Miller for third place in Class A on Saturday.

#3 Elkton-Lake Benton 3, #2 Miller 0

Rachael Krog and Kailyn Drietz provided the offensive firepower necessary to send Elkton-Lake Benton to the state championship.

The Elks defeated Miller in straight sets in Friday’s semifinals. Sentence scores were 25-22, 25-9 and 25-21.

Krog and Drietz combined for 21 of ELB’s 35 kills, with Krog 11 and Drietz 10 in chips. Krog also added 17 digs and a solo block to the win. Tevan Erickson accounted for 29 of the Elks’ 31 assists, adding 14 digs, two serve aces, a solo block and five block assists to their stat line.

For Miller, Ally Mullaney racked up 12 kills and a block assist. Tyra Gates had 25 set assists, 10 digs, and two block assists, and Jolie Palmer had 21 digs with three assists. ELB outscored Miller 11-3 and had 75 digs to Miller’s 64.

The Elks (32-3) advance to the state title game where they meet number 4 Sioux Falls Christian while Miller will face off against Elk Point-Jefferson for third place.

No. 1 Warner 3, No. 5 Wolsey-Wessington 0

Warner got better as Friday’s game progressed.

The Monarchs defeated Wolsey-Wessington in straight sets to advance to the Class B state championship. Set results were 25-20, 25-15 and 25-11.

Kyra Marcuson led the Warner attack and recorded 13 kills. Ava Nilsson assisted on 32 of Warner’s 41 kills and added four of her own, as well as 10 digs, three block assists, a solo block and an ace. Kamryn Anderson, Kendyl Anderson and Kyleigh Schopp all had three block assists in the win, with both Andersons adding five kills and Schopp and Lauren Marcuson adding seven kills.

Mya Boomsma, Mallory Miller and Leah Williams all had six kills for WW, and Kailynn Dorris added one as well. Miller had three block assists and a solo block, and Lainey Uttecht’s 15 away tackles propelled the Warbirds.

As a team, Warner had 41 kills versus WW’s 19. The Monarchs also had 58 digs compared to WW’s 36.

Warner (36-2) will face Chester Area for the state championship at 7 p.m. Saturday, while WW will take on Burke for third-place Class B at 5 p.m.

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