The Huron Tiger volleyball team poses for a team picture after defeating Rapid City Central 25-21, 25-15, 25-18 to earn a berth in the Class AA State Tournament next weekend in Rapid City. Picture are, sitting from the left, Katelyn Allerdings, Taylar Rotert and Makayla Goergen; kneeling, Lizzy Katz, Jecelyn Wehde, Kelly McCarty, Halee Allerdings, Jacey Hupp, Bailey Rathjen and manager Maren Schoenhard; standing, head coach Shelly Buddenhagen, assistant coach Jen Fuchs, manager Brenna Ackerman, Megan Kopfmann, Eilza Smith, Jennifer McKee, Samantha Zell, Lexi Eckmann, Sarah Carr, Calla Rounds, Asia King, manager Stephanie Coates, assistant coach Kelly Henrich and assistant coach Samantha Rieck. In the next photo, the Tigers defense readies for a pass during the match Friday night at Huron Arena. Tiger head coach said key defensive plays like this one at key points of the match played a major role in the victory. PHOTOS BY KARA GUTORMSON/PLAINSMAN
HURON — The Huron Tiger volleyball team has gone all-in concerning head coach Shelly Boddenhagen’s team first concept and as a result, they sent a very good Rapid City Central team home for the season with a 25-21, 25-15 and 25-18 victory.
“All of our kids on this team, they have grasped their roles and performed their roles in practice and it carried over into the games,” said Buddenhagen.
Huron on the other hand will join district champions Sioux Falls O’Gorman, Sioux Falls Washington, Aberdeen Central and Rapid City Stevens at the Class AA Tournament next week in Rapid City.
Also winning regional matchups tonight and advancing are Sioux Falls Roosevelt Mitchell and Watertown who all won Friday night.
Buddenhagen described it as the best her team has played this season and it would be hard to argue as they had solid performances from every part of their game.
The signature calling card of blocking at the net was impressive, as junior Asia King had seven block assists to along with five each from senior MaKayla Goergen and junior Jacey Hupp.
That neutralized much of the effectiveness of the Cobblers’ 6-foot-2 senior Lauren Schad who had 16 kills, which was the most by any team, but after losing the first set 25-21, where she had 10, she had just six in the final two sets.
“We knew Lauren Shad was going to get the ball to go down on the floor,” said Buddenhagen. “We were just trying to get our hands up at the net. If Lauren Schad would have gone to the bathroom tonight, we would have had sent three girls with her.”
Matching Schad pretty much kill-for-kill was Tiger senior Katelyn Allerding who racked up 13 while King had six and Halee Allerdings had five.
“I think are defense made some really key plays at key times for us tonight,” said Buddenhagen.
Senior libero, Taylar Rotert led all players with 15 digs, many on tough attacks from Schad and Halee Allerdings had another 10.
Goergen set up the attack with 22 assists and in the back row junior Kelly McCarty had two aces and was perfect on all 13 of her serves. Halee Allerdings also had a pair of aces while going 16-of-17 on serves.
Rapid City led most of the opening set and had a four-point lead 17-13 before the Tigers rallied.
The Cobblers left the next serve in the net to make 17-14, setting up Halee Allerdings at the service line and she made it her home for the next seven points.
She led off with an ace to cut the lead to two, and a tip by sister Katelyn Allerdings pulled the Tigers within one.
A miscue by the Cobblers tied the match. The Tiger front line got the lead back, for the first time since 2-1, as Hupp and Katelyn Allerdings combined for a block of a Cobbler attack.
Halee then sent over a tough serve for the Cobblers who played it backward and never got it to the net.
That forced Rapid City Central to take a timeout, trailing 19-17.
Halee and Katelyn Allerdings combined on the next point, as Halee’s tough serve left a Cobbler return hovering at the net that Katelyn put away.
Halee added her second ace of the run to make it 21-17.
Rapid City Central got as close as two points three times the last coming on a kill by senior Brittney Anderson.
However, the Tigers got a solo block from King to force a sideout and on match point King and Goergen came up with a block to win the set 25-21.
In the second set Huron jumped out to an early lead as a service winner and an ace by McCarty combined with a block by Katelyn Allerdings and Goergen and Cobbler miscue opened up a 10-5 lead forcing an Early Rapid City Central timeout.
The Cobblers closed to 11-10 before the Tigers won seven of the next eight points.
Katelyn Allerdings had a two solo blocks and two kill during the run, while Halee Allerdings had a pair of kills.
Mixed in was an ace by junior Megan Kopfmann and some good serving by Goergen.
That seven-point lead, 18-11, grew even bigger as the Tigers won seven of the final 11 serves, as Hupp, Katelyn Allerdings and King all had kills, and sophomore Lexi Eckman finished the set off with a kill of her own, making it 25-15.
The senior laden Cobbler team, six seniors saw plenty of action, did not give up even in the third set but the Tigers were too much for them and a change in tactic kept them guessing.
They changed the pace of their attacks and it was highly effective against Rapid City Central.
“Those off-speed shots and power tips, which we have been really working hard on, kept them (the Cobblers) on their heels,” said Buddenhagen.
The Cobblers led briefly 3-1 early, however, the Tigers tied it at three and went on mini-runs throughout the set of two and three points.
And that was enough, as Rapid City scored while serving just four times as the Tigers built a 20-13 lead.
Rapid City got as close as 20-15 as the Tigers misplayed a serve, but after a Huron timeout, the Tigers won five of the next eight points, as Asia King had a pair of kills before a kill by Halee Allerdings ended the set 25-18, and the match.
The Tigers are right where they want to be, playing their best volleyball going into the final three matches of the season.
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