Pictured are the James Valley Christian School Lady Vikings who captured the Region 5B Championship Tuesday night in Wessington Springs. The team defeated District 10B champion White lake 25-18, 25-21-25-22 and now advances to next week’s state tournament at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. Members of the team pose with the region trophy. They are front, from the left, Kristen Williams, Ariana Zuccaro, Katy Hines, Jaclyn Loban, Tara Nihart, Betsy Nelson, Leslie Brondsema; back, Assistant Coach Justin Nihart, Student Manager Sadie Merchant, Gracey Gross, Julie Loewen, Savanah Gross, Kendra Walter, Hannah Loban, Anna Ulvestad, Hannah Mendel, and Head Coach Tim Nihart. PHOTO COURTESY BETH DECKER
WESSINGTON SPRINGS — The James Valley Christian High School volleyball team will end their season as they did last year … at the state tournament.
The lady Vikings dispatched White Lake (22-7), the District 10B champion, in three sets 25-18, 25-21, 25-22.
The Lady Vikings had a great night serving led by senior Tara Nihart who was 15-of-17 and senior Ariane Zuccaro who was 13-of-15. Both players also had an ace on the night.
Nihart also set up the James Valley Christian attack as she led the team with 26 assists, 17 of which went to the frontline duo of senior Betsy Nelson and senior Leslie Brondsema.
The 5-foot-9 Nelson had nine kills, while the 6-foot Brondsema had eight.
The pair also were active at the net defensively as Brondsema had three blocks and Nelson had a half.
Senior Jaclyn Loban also had a solid night on both ends of the net including a pair of blocks.
Defensively, Zuccaro and freshman Hannah Loban picked up enough digs to finish in double figures.
Zuccaro had 15 while Hannah Loban finished with 11.
James Valley Christian is now 21-6 on the season and has won six matches in a row and have won 10 of the last 11.
The only loss in that span came to the Warner Monarchs (31-0), which is one of two undefeated teams that have advanced to the state tournament. The Parker Pheasants (32-0) are the other.
Joining the Lady Vikings next week will also be Regional champions , Arlington (30-5), Herried-Selby Area (28-2), Andes Central (29-3), Lyman (16-12) and Timber Lake (24-7).
While Parker and Warner aren’t surprises, Lyman was No. 4 seed in their District defeating White River (16-13) the District’s No. 1 seed and Wall (17-8) the District 14 champion.
The Lady Vikings will open the tournament at 6 p.m. against Herried-Selby Area the No. 3 seed. James Valley Christian is seeded No. 6.
It will be the rematch of the fifth-place game last year as Herried-Selby Area pulled out a five-set victory.
The lady Vikings split in their other two games, losing their opener to Edgemont and defeating Hanson on Friday.
The other first-round matchups are No.1 seeded Parker vs. Lyman at noon; No. 4 seeded Andes Central vs. No. 5 Arlington at 1:45 p.m.
The final match of the quarterfinals will pit No. 2 Warner vs. No. 7 Timber Lake.For the complete article see the 11-08-2012 issue.
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