RAPID CITY — The Huron Tigers completed a sweep on its West River trek with a 3-2 victory against Rapid City Central on Saturday afternoon.
The two teams alternated set wins to force a fifth and deciding set. Huron rallied from an early deficit in the final set to record a 15-8 win and claim the win in the match.
“We came out here to play volleyball and not worry about winning and losing,” Huron coach Shelly Buddenhagen said. “But its always nice to get two wins during the trip.”
Huron, which is the No. 3-ranked team in Class AA, improved to 19-2 with Saturday’s win.
Despite recording a sweep against Rapid City Stevens on Friday, the Tigers were not playing at a level they had shown in previous matches, according to Buddenhagen.
“We haven’t been playing with a lot of emotion,” she said. “The kids had to dig down and find that emotion during the fifth set today.”
For a second straight match, Lizzy Katz stepped up to propel Huron from the service line. She recorded five of the team’s 13 aces on Saturday and was instrumental in helping the Tigers ink the victory in the final set.
With Huron trailing 6-4 in the fifth set against the Cobblers, Katz stepped to the service line and rallied the Tigers to a 14-6 advantage.
“Lizzy Katz had an incredible weekend for us,” Buddenhagen said. “She probably played her best two matches of the season.”
Kelly McCarty also had four aces for Huron on Saturday to go along with a team-high 37 assists.
Asia King sparked the Tigers offensively at the net with 15 kills, while Halee Allerdings added 10 kills and Jacey Hupp had seven kills.
Bailey Rathjen and Katz finished with 13 and 12 digs, respectively, while Hupp had 10 digs.
Huron will now close the season with three home matches against Eastern South Dakota Conference opponents. The Tigers will host Brookings on Tuesday and Mitchell on Saturday before closing the season on Oct. 29 against Aberdeen Central.
Huron’s junior varsity, sophomore and freshman teams all emerged from the two-match West River trip with sweeps as well.
The Huron JV improved to 10-5 with set wins of 27-25 and 25-21 against Stevens on Friday and then recorded wins of 25-17 and 25-15 against Central on Saturday.
The Tigers won the sophomore match on Friday with set scores of 25-18, 25-27 and 15-4. Sara Skorheim had four kills and Brianna Lichty had four aces.
On Saturday, Huron used second scores of 23-25, 25-20 and 15-7 to defeat Central and improve to 12-3. Cameron Schroder led the Tiges with five kills, while Shannon Katz had three aces.
The Huron freshmen swept Rapid City Stevens 25-14 and 25-15. Katz had six digs, while Karissa Schroder had seven kills and Lichty had three aces.
The Tigers defeated Rapid City Central with scores of 25-17, 23-25 and 15-3 on Saturday. Karissa Schroder had nine kills, Lichty had four aces and Maddie Klein had seven digs.
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