The Pierre Lady Govs had a few chances to cage the Huron Tigers on Tuesday but the home squad just couldn’t get over the hump.
The Lady Govs fell to the Tigers in Pierre on Monday in four sets, 23-25, 26-25, 25-11 and 25-21.
In a match that saw the Lady Govs control several portions of three sets and included a school record 44 digs from Taylor Hyde, the composure and resiliency of the Tigers proved to be too much.
The Lady Govs began the match with instant momentum when Pierre scored the first set’s first four points.
Huron climbed back into the set when Jacey Hupp’s kill put the Tigers within one but Kaitlyn Severyn answered with a kill of her own.
Severyn an ace later in the set to put the Lady Govs 8-5 but Pierre wasn’t satisfied with a three-point cushion. The Lady Govs scored the next three points to lead 11-5 and force a time out.
The Lady Govs continued to thrill the home crowd as Kesley Schmitz kill put the Lady Govs up 13-7 and Whitney DeMoss ended a long rally to add another point between Pierre and Huron.
The Tigers simply wouldn’t go away, which was a recurring theme for Tuesday’s match.
Katelyn Allerdings began her assault of the Lady Govs when she kick started a 4-0 run for the Tigers. DeMoss temporally stopped the bleeding with a kill but Huron scored three in a row to tie the set and Allerdings added her fourth kill of the first set to give the Tigers the lead.
Huron extended its lead to four before a service error ended the rally.
Severyn turned the tides of the set at that point with three kills to tie the set at 22. The Lady Govs took care of the set from there, 25-23 in a comeback that looked to be the beginning of Pierre’s fourth victory of the season but the Tigers had other ideas.
“We came out in game one and took a five-point lead at one point but Huron is a team that is always scrappy and will always find a way to win. They came out and outplayed us (Tuesday),” Lady Govs coach Kacy Kienholz said.
The Lady Govs repeated history in the second set by scoring the first four points of the set but the tenacious Tigers made that lead short lived when it took an 8-7 lead.
The Lady Govs regrouped through as an ace by Severyn gave Pierre a 15-12 lead but Allerdings delivered a kill to stop the Lady Govs’ momentum.
A kill by Calla Rounds evened the set at 16 and the Tigers took a 19-18 to force a timeout.
The timeout was beneficial as DeMoss delivered a kill and the Lady Govs soon took a 20-19 lead.
Huron went ahead 22-21 with a block by Hupp and Allerdings’s kill put the Lady Govs’ backs against the wall at 24-21.
Pierre rallied to tie the set at 24 but the Tigers ultimately put the Lady Govs away by a 26-24 score.
The heart break of the second set seemed to carry into the third as the Lady Govs fell behind 7-2 before a kill by Severyn ended the Tigers’ run.
Severyn’s kill was no match for the Tigers’ momentum as they jumped out to a 19-8 lead after an ace by Hannah Nelson.
The Tigers continued their dominance in the third set as mistakes snowballed for the Lady Govs in the 25-11 rout.
Huron looked to put the Lady Govs away in the fourth set with an early 6-2 lead but Severyn’s kill and Rachel Hartmann’s ace put the Lady Govs back within striking distance.
The Lady Govs eventually took an 11-10 lead and carried the lead at 15-13 after Demoss’s 11th kill.
Huron allowed just two more points in the set en route to a 25-21 score in the clinching set.
Tuesday’s contest showed the Lady Govs can compete but they need to develop the killer instinct that can win close matches.
Allerdings led the way for Huron with 15 kills, seven digs and seven blocks. Hupp added seven kills and 17 digs for the Tigers.
Severyn led the way for Pierre with 14 kills but the Lady Govs must find other sources of offense as teams continue to key on the all-conference select.
“Kaitlyn is a player that can come in and dominate but teams will key on her. Huron did that and that can frustrate a hitter. We need other hitters to step up get some kills for us to take some pressure off of her. I was very pleased with Taylor Hyde; she really gave us everything (Tuesday),” Kienholz said.
Huron (3-5) hosts Watertown on Thursday. The Lady Govs are at Brandon Valley on Saturday.
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