Huron’s Taylar Rotert plays a volley during a match against Watertown on Thursday at Huron Arena. PHOTO BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN
HURON — The Huron Volleyball team was still searching to find some pieces of the puzzle after a loss last Thursday and just one week later they might have not only found those pieces, they may have found multiple pieces that work.
The Tigers posted a 3-0 victory over the Watertown Arrows Thursday at Huron Arena, winning 25-17, 25-23 and 25-17 to move to 4-5 on the season.
“We had a better effort … better everything,” said Tiger Head Coach Shelly Buddenhagen. “I wish we could have a redo on our first four matches. Our depth now is really coming into play.”
Huron had the upper hand throughout the three sets as the Arrows led just twice in the match at 2-1 and 12-11 before being tied and the Tigers pulling away.
Huron got off to a great start in set No. 1 as they ran out to a 5-0 lead on a pair of bad passes by the Arrows followed by three straight blocks by the Tigers.
The block party was led by senior Katelyn Allerdings and freshman Sarah Carr.
Allerdings had a solo and combined with Carr on the other two which set the tone at the net early.
“Our blocking was our number one strength tonight,” said Buddenhagen. “It changed the way Watertown came out and attacked.”
The Tigers grew the lead to 10-2 on a tip followed by an Arrow error and a successful attack from MaKayla Goergen which Watertown couldn’t block.
The Tigers held a 6 to 9-point advantage for most of the rest of the first set with the Arrows getting within five just once after a block by senior Ashtin McClemans to make it 19-14.
However, Huron won four of the next six points to push the lead back to eight as Goergen and junior Asia King joined the block party and Carr and sophomore Jacey Hupp added another during the run.
The Tigers finished off the Arrows on a cross-court kill by Katelyn Allerdings to make it 25-17.
Like set No. 1, Huron jumped out to an early lead, 5-1, as Watertown had miscues on the first three points followed by a kill from Katelyn Allerdings and then she joined Carr for a block to make it 5-1.
Watertown got the lead down to three points, 12-9, on a tip by senior Taylor Grangaard.
Although the Tigers ran off four straight points to push the lead to 16-9.
Hupp had a kill to force a sideout and that was followed by Carr and Hupp joining for a block, followed by a kill by Katelyn Allerdings and defensively Goergen topped it off with a great dig to keep a point alive, which eventually led to an Arrow error.
Watertown would make another run in this set as trailing 18-11, they closed with 21-19 with a four point run that included a tip by Grangaard to force a sideout followed by a kill by McClemans, a Tiger error and a tip by Grangaard.
The Arrows inched closer, tying the game at 21 on a kill by McClemans.
Unfortunately for Watertown their next attack sailed wide, and after that Carr rejected a ball floating at the net to push the lead to 23-21.
Grangaard had another kill to force a sideout but the Tigers’ Goergen forced a sideout with a kill of her own to make it 24-22. Katelyn Allerdings finished the set off with a kill to make it 25-23.
The third set opened with the teams trading the lead early on and, after a kill by senior Ashton Foust, the Arrows took the lead at 12-11, although the Tigers were ready to go on one of their best runs of the night.
A deep serve by Watertown, tied it at 12, and forced a sideout.
Hupp then stepped to the service line and the Tigers ran off the next five points.
Katelyn Allerdings started with an attack that the Arrow block couldn’t handle, followed by a pair of successful blocks by the Tigers involving Katelyn Alllerdings in each, as she joined forces with Carr and sophomore Lexi Eckmann.
Then Katelyn Allerdings was fed a quick set at the net that caught the Arrows off guard, making it 16-12.
Watertown’s next attack went wide, making it 17-12.
Tiger errors twice saw the lead drop to five, however the Tigers closed out the match with four different Tigers finishing points.
Goergen had a set that she put in the corner of the Arrows court for a winner to make it 22-15.
King then scored on a quick set to make it 23-15.
Then a kill by Hupp forced match point at 24-17 which was followed up by a kill by Carr to finish the match.
“All of our hitters had a good night,” said Buddenhagen. “Katelyn Allerdings had a spectacular night and Lexi Eckmann had a breakout night. We are starting to see more confidence in all of our hitters.”
The Tigers were led by Katelyn Allerdings who had 11 kills and an attack percentage of 34 percent (kills minus errors divided by attempts.)
Eckmann had six kills and a percentage of 15.4 percent.
Setting up the Huron attack were Goergen who had 15 assists and junior Calla Rounds had 14.
Defensively, up front for the Tigers Katelyn Allerdings finished with six block assists and a pair of solo blocks while Carr had five assists.
However, Buddenhagen was also eager to point out the play in the back row.
“Taylar Rotert back there is solid,” said Buddenhagen. “We have a number of girls back there: Makayla (Goergen) got a tip, Calla (Rounds) got a tip, Bailey Rathjen played well.”
Rotert had 12 digs out of 15 attempts and the freshman Rathjen converted on seven of nine.
At the service line Goergen had a pair of aces while Rounds and Eckmann each had one. Georgen also was perfect on all 15 serves while Rounds missed one out of a dozen and Eckmann missed just two of 12.
For the Arrows, McClemans had nine kills, missing just three of 34 attacks.
Senior libero Hannah Whitlock had 20 digs, while senior McKenzie Werner and Grangaard each had two block assists.
Freshman Macy Denzer had a pair of aces and was perfect on 20 serves.
The Tigers will next play Saturday as they travel West River for a Saturday double header against Spearfish and Sturgis.
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