ABERDEEN — Highlighted by long, crowd-pleasing rallies, players in the South Dakota All-Star volleyball match put on a clinic in just that Wednesday night at the Northern State Barnett Center. The South held off the North for a 3-1 (25-18, 19-25, 25-20, 25-10) win.
“We told the girls just to go out and have fun,” said South head coach Lindsey Fathke, of Bon Homme. “It’s one of those things, you have all-stars competing against all-stars. It’s the best of the best. They just worked really well together.”
That internal chemistry pushed the South squad out to an early 12-4 lead to start the night en-route to a 25-18 win in set one, but a 13-4 run by the North team midway through set two really set the tone of the night.
Former Warner High School standout Carly Rozell had six kills for the North in its second set victory. Herreid/Selby Area product Haylee Biel added three more kills, including the set-point clincher that evened out the match.
“That was a lot of fun,” said Rozell, who is headed to Dakota State to continue her career in the fall. “It would have been nice to win, but unfortunately, it didn’t work that way.”
The South righted its own ship with early leads in the third and fourth sets. Both teams slogged through some sloppy points in the third before playing a crisp, clean fourth set.
“Playing with different girls from different schools was a really good experience,” said Jayde Bergmann, of Dakota Valley, who finished with 10 kills for the South. “It was really fun. We were hoping to win in three, but we came back in the third set and pulled it off. We just had to keep our energy going.”
Bergman, who is headed to Morningside in the fall and will join the Mustangs’ volley program, said her teammates gelled quickly during the short time frame of the All-Star games.
“We came together as a team really well,” she said. “In the four or five days we were here, we became a really good team.”
“Obviously the first couple practices were a little shaky, but once we put our lineup in, they really clicked right away,” said Fathke “Jill (Christensen of Parker) and I both were just amazed at how quickly they gelled together and worked together. They did awesome.”
Taylin Alm, of Mitchell, had 11 kills to lead the South offensively, while Erin Benson (Chester) and Ellie Benson (Sioux Falls Washington) had 15 and 11 digs, respectively.
Rozell finished with a match-best 18 kills for the North. Future DSU teammate Hope Juntenen, of Hamlin, added nine, while Biel chipped in six.
Kelly McCarty (Huron) finished with 11 assists, and Ellie Rabenburg (Mobridge/Pollock) led the way with 11 digs. Jeanna Duncan finished with 13 assists and nine digs, while Presentation recruit LaMour Binger finished with seven digs on the night.
SOUTH 25 19 25 25
NORTH 18 25 20 19
Aces — South (Kimberly Koupal 3, Erinn Temple 3); North (Preslee Jorgenson 1, Ellie Rabenberg 1, Haylee Biel 1, Kelly McCarty 1). Kills — South (Taylin Alm 11, Jayde Bergmann 10); North (Carly Rozell 18, Hope Juntenen 9, Haylee Biel 6, Preslee Jorgenson 3). Assists — South (Hannah Nieman 16, Erinn Temple 11); North (Kelly McCarty 22, Jeanna Duncan 13). Blocks — South (Caitlin McLouth 4, Anna Flitner 2); North (Kelly McCarty 3, LaMour Binger 2, Carly Rozell 2, Haylee Biel 2). Digs — South (Erin Benson 15, Ellie Benson 11); North (Ellie Rabenberg 11, Preslee Jorgenson 9, Jeanna Duncan 9, TyAnn Hamlin 7, LaMour Binger 7).For the complete article see the 07-17-2014 issue.
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