Huron’s Jacey Hupp goes up for a kill against Brandon Valley teammates Briana Grage (4) and Brooke Becker (7) during their match Tuesday at Huron Arena. In the next photo, Huron’s Lexi Eckmann plays a volley during Tuesday’s match against Brandon Valley at Huron Arena. PHOTOS BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN
HURON — The Huron Tiger girls’ volleyball have run their version of the “Amazing Race” playing five matches in eight days and winning all of them including Tuesday night’s victory over Brandon Valley.
The Tigers are now 7-5 on the season after a 25-15, 25-14, 17-25, 25-15 victory at Huron Arena.
“That was our fifth match in eight days,” said Shelly Buddenhagen, head coach for the Tigers. “With the West River trip stuck in the middle there, you wonder how tired these kids are but we don’t have time to be tired right now.”
Huron’s depth and frontline once again dominated the match especially when it came to blocking.
“That continues to be our strength,” said Buddenhagen. “We just wanted to play good solid defense and we did that in sets one, two and four.”
The Tigers opened the match with that advantage as a pair of back-to-back blocks from senior Katelyn Allerdings and freshman Sarah Carr helped to build a 4-1 lead. Katelyn Allerdings bookended the blocks with a pair of kills.
The Tigers pushed the lead to eight points as both freshman Bailey Rathjen and junior Megan Kopfmann each had serves that the Lynx couldn’t handle for winners.
“Some of our kids are serving floaters,” said Buddenhagen. “And some of our kids have some nasty movement on it. It looks easy but it isn’t.”
That gave the Tigers a13-6 lead and after a pair of sidelouts, Huron went on their biggest run of the night.
It started with a kill by Katelyn Allerdings who had a pair during the run.
Junior Jaycee Hupp also had a kill along with a block with Carr and senior MaKayla Goergen, who served all eight points had a pair service winner that Brandon Valley had trouble handling.
The kill by Hupp was a back-breaker of sorts as it came on one of the match’s longest points and made the lead 17-7.
The Lynx finally forced a sideout, but the lead stood at 12, 20-8.
Brandon Valley would get no closer then nine points.
With score at 24-15 Goergen sent a kill cross court to end the set.
The Lynx jumped out early in set No. 2 as the Tigers had some miscues but Katelyn Allerdings kept Huron in it scoring the first four points of the match for the Tigers and tying the match at 4-4.
Senior libero Taylar Rotert followed with an ace and the Tigers took the upper hand.
The match swayed between one-point leads for each team until a kill by Goergen gave the Tigers a 9-7 lead.
The lead was two points, 14-12, when with Hupp serving, she had a service winner and that was followed by a block from Katelyn Allerdings and Carr that made it 16-12.
Katelynn Allerdings then added three kills and by that time the Tigers lead 19-13.
Junior Kelly McCarty then stepped to the line with the score at 20-14 and served five straight hard serves where she was the only Tiger to touch the ball.
“That is not a floater serve, she serves bullets,” said Buddenhagen.
Brandon mishandled all of them including an ace on the first, and the set ended 25-14.
The Tigers struggled in set No. 3, as some attacks that missed the mark and some of the better play by the Lynx built a 10-4 lead.
Huron forced a sideout but gave the ball right back on another miscue and Brandon increased the lead to 10, 15-5.
Huron got as close as six a couple of times, and to five at 23-18 but the Lynx held on for the 25-17 victory.
“We just fell way out of rhythm and had too many hitting errors in that set,” said Buddenhagen, who also said some adjustments were made to slow the Lynx attack. “She (Allison Koehn) just started to hit that ball down the line and we had to make some adjustments and we just got going a little too late.”
The Tigers bounced back though, setting the tone in the fourth set, as they jumped out to a 9-1 lead.
“We found some intensity again in set four,” said Buddenhagen. “Brandon Valley is a good volleyball team and we just did some things tonight that countered a lot of their strengths.”
Katelynn Allerdings, Carr and junior Asia King were very active at the net, and both Hupp and McCarty were tough from the service line.
Brandon would get back to four points, 13-9 on a Huron violation however, a quick set by Goergen to King forced a sideout and Hupp stepped to the service line and increased the lead to six before she was done adding an ace.
Brandon made one last move to get back into the set as they served just trailing by seven, 21-14, but a rocket shot by King that caught the backline pushed it back to eight and forced a sideout.
A few points later a nicely placed kill by Hupp forced match point and the Lynx left the next point in the net to end the match, 25-15.
The Tigers (7-5) will host Yankton (4-5) at 7 p.m. Thursday at Huron Arena.
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