MITCHELL — The Huron Tigers fell in the District 3AA semifinals Thursday evening 26-28, 27-25, 25-22, 21-25, 15-9 to the Mitchell Kernels which drops the Tigers into an elimination game at 7 p.m. next Tuesday when they host Pierre at the Huron Middle School.
The game will be played there due to the Huron Arena being used as the voting center on Election Day.
The Tigers had their chances as they won the first and fourth sets of the match and led 6-4 in the deciding fifth set but couldn’t finish off the Kernels.
Tiger head coach Shelley Buddenhagen said a departure from aggressive play at the net and their signature domination in blocking was a surprise and in the end their downfall.
Huron which usually have four or five players combining for more than a dozen block assists had just four Thursday.
That led to big numbers for the Kernels as they had one player with over 20 kills and three others right around 10.
The two teams have now played three five-set matches with Huron winning the first at the Corn Palace and Mitchell winning the one each at Huron Arena and the Corn Palace.
The Tigers still have hopes of a state berth, but it will be a tough road.
It starts Tuesday against the Lady Govs who fell to No. 1 seeded Aberdeen Central who will now host the Kernels Tuesday for the District 3AA title and an automatic state berth.
For the Tigers senior Katelyn Allerdings had 22 kills and a .269 attack average and freshman Bailey Rathjen led with 19 digs. Junior Halee Allerdings added 15 as did senior libero Taylar Rotert.
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