RAPID CITY — The Huron Tigers hoping to play with house money, just got beat by a better hand in the opening round of The Class AA State Volleyball Tournament Thursday night at Rapid City Central High School.
The No. 6 seeded Tigers almost pulled out a second set victory that could have made it a much different match, but the No. 3 seeded Sioux Falls Roosevelt Roughriders held on to win the set 25-22 and won the match in three sets after winning the first set 25-20 and the third set 25-19.
Really just 14 points separated the two teams and the Tigers did have their chances.
The Roughriders were just two points away from closing out the second set when senior libero Taylar Rotert stepped to the line and pulled the Tigers within one point at 23-22.
During the run the Roughriders tried to use timeouts to mess up the Tiger rhythm however, it did not work.
On the other hand the Tigers needed just one more point to pull even and maybe shift the momentum in the Tigers favor.
Unfortunately, Sioux Falls Roosevelt forced a sideout and scored on their serve to take the set 25-22.
Against a much taller frontline the Tigers did manage to get blocks against the Roughriders attacks but just not enough attacks to score consistently.
Sioux Falls Roosevelt big frontline consisting of 5-foot-11 senior Ashley Beaner, 6-foot junior Maggie DeJong and 6-foot-2 sophomore Tagyn Larson did most of the damage for the Roughriders.
Maggie DeJong totaled 16 kills, while Beaner had 14 and Larson 11. Senior Ashley Wilson at 6-foot-1 also had seven kills.
For the Tigers senior Katelyn Allerdings led all players with 18 kills but the Tigers never developed a second or third hot hand to go to as junior Halee Allerdings and sophomore Lexi Eckmann each had just three kills behind her and the team totaled just four more in the match.
Defensively, the Tigers came up with 41 digs on the powerful Roughrider attack but even that total fell short of Sioux Falls Roosevelt total of 72. Rotert had 14, Halee Allerdings had nine and senior setter Makayla Goergen had seven to go along with 25 assists on sets.
The Tigers outblocked the taller Roughriders as junior Asia King had block assists, while junior Jacey Hupp, Katelyn Allerdings and Eckmann each had a pair.
The Tiger service game recorded five aces matching the Roughriders as Rotert had two, freshman Bailey Rathjen had a pair and Halee Allerdings had one.
The tournament had a surprising first day. No. 8-seeded Watertown knocked off Sioux Falls O’Gorman three sets to one, and in the final match of the day Rapid City Stevens knocked off No. 2-seeded Aberdeen Central three sets to one, which sets up interesting semifinal matches today.
At 6 p.m. CST Watertown will play No. 4-seeded Sioux Falls Washington which defeated Mitchell in five sets.
At 8:45 p.m. CST Rapid City Stevens will take on the Roughriders for a chance to play in the state title game Saturday at 9 p.m. CST.
The Tigers advance to the consolation bracket and will take on Aberdeen Central at 2:45 p.m. CST today.
The other consolation semifinal will pit Sioux Falls O’Gorman against Mitchell at 1 p.m.For the complete article see the 11-16-2012 issue.
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