STURGIS — The Huron Tiger volleyball team is back above the .500 mark following a sweep Saturday in a pair of matches against West River opponents.
The Tigers defeated Spearfish 3-0 and handed Sturgis a 3-1 setback to improve to 6-5.
“Anytime you go West River and win two matches you have to be happy,” Huron coach Shelly Buddenhagen said. “We were scrappy and kept a lot of stuff off the floor the whole day. We saw a lot of things that we haven’t seen before and we handled things pretty well today.”
The Tigers used set victories of 25-22, 25-23 and 25-12 to sweep Spearfish.
Katelyn Allerdings had 23 of Huron’s 38 kills against the Spartans, with a hitting percentage of .541.
“That’s incredible,” Buddenhagen said of Allerdings performance against Spearfish.
Jacey Hupp had six kills for the Tigers, while Mikayla Goergen had nine digs, five aces and 20 assists. Taylar Rotert recorded eight digs, while Asia King had three block assists, Sarah Carr had one solo and two assisted blocks and Calla Rounds had nine assists.
Against Sturgis, Huron staked a 2-0 lead with set wins of 25-22 and 25-4. The Scoopers avoided the sweep with a 25-18 win in the third set, but the Tigers put the match away with a 25-14 win in the fourth set.
“We were clicking on all cylinders through the second set,” Buddenhagen said. “We got a little lackadaisical and lost our rhythm and momentum in the third set. But, in the fourth set we worked hard to get the momentum back and were able to put things back together to get it done.”
Allerdings continued her strong play against Sturgis by leading the Tigers with 21 kills, while recording three solo blocks and six assisted blocks.
Rotert sparked Huron with a 22 of 23 effort from the serving line, which included a run of 14 consecutive serves in the second set. She had a pair of aces and a team-high 21 digs.
Hupp had six kills with a hitting percentage of .238, which was a season best for her, according to Buddenhagen. Bailey Rathjen and Goergen finished with 12 and 11 digs, respectively, while Goergen and Rounds combined for 33 assists.
Hupp and Carr each had four block assists, while King had three block assists.
“Blocking continued to be our strength today,” Buddenhagen said. “We also were in-system a lot with our passing and it reflected in our kills. It was our best day of the season so far.”
The Huron junior varsity recorded a pair of wins on Saturday to improve to 8-3. Halee Allerdings had two aces as the Tigers defeated Sturgis 25-11 and 25-11. Kelly McCarty had four aces in the match against Spearfish, which also included scores of 25-11 and 25-11.
The Huron sophomores are also 8-3 after getting a pair of wins Saturday.
The Tigers defeated Sturgis 25-8 and 25-7. Hannah Nelson had six aces to go along with a solo and an assisted block, while Rathjen had four aces and four kills.
Huron used scores of 25-16 and 25-13 to get past Spearfish. Shadryn VanZee and Cameron Schroder had six and five aces, respectively, while Kaci Schimke and Rathjen finished with five and four kills, respectively, and Nelson had one solo and two block assists.
Huron’s freshman A team improved to 10-1 with two wins on Saturday.
The Tigers defeated Sturgis 25-12 and 25-11. Jazmin Newton and Schimke each had six kills, while Cenzi Glanzer had three aces.
Huron then defeated Spearfish 25-13 and 25-19. Schimke and Kayla Harrison each had two aces, while Newton had five kills and Sara Skorheim had four kills.
The Tigers will begin a five-match homestand on Tuesday against Brandon Valley, with a 7 p.m. start at Huron Arena.
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