Huron’s Jacey Hupp plays a volley in the back row during an Eastern South Dakota Conference match against Pierre on Tuesday at Huron Arena. In the next photo, Huron’s Halee Allerdings passes the ball on a serve receive during the match against Pierre. And next, Huron’s Kelly McCarty sets the ball during Thursday’s match. PHOTOS BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN
HURON — The Huron volleyball team had what coach Shelly Buddenhagen described as its best outing of the season on Tuesday in an Eastern South Dakota Conference match against the Pierre Lady Govs at Huron Arena.
The Tigers used set wins of 25-19, 25-17 and 25-20 to record the sweep against a team, which received votes in this week’s Class AA volleyball rankings.
“Our kids came out ready to play,” Buddenhagen said. “They knew Pierre would put a good volleyball team on the court with some very seasoned players.”
Huron pulled away midway through the opening set and was never really threatened en route to the victory. The victories in the other two sets turned out to be a bit more challenging, as the Lady Govs would battle back to even the score on several occasions before the Tigers would pull out the victories.
“We had five service errors in each of the second and third sets,” Buddenhagen said of her team’s struggles in the final two sets. “We’re trying to serve aggressively, so it is a high-risk and high-reward situation.”
Huron finished the match with 46 kills, including a team-high 15 by Asia King and 11 from Halee Allerdings.
“This was probably our best match for hitting and we had some outstanding defensive plays,” Buddenhagen said. “Our passers were clicking. We had our highest defensive dig to kill ratio that we’ve had this year. It shows what kind of a team we can be.”
King also had a monster night defensively at the net. She finished with three solo and six assisted blocks to lead the team. Allerdings recorded six digs, while Kelly McCarty had five digs and Jacey Hupp and Bailey Rathjen each had four digs.
The Tigers converted on 61 of their 73 attempts from the service line and had six aces. Hupp had a pair of aces, while McCarty, King and Rathjen each had an ace.
McCarty also tallied a team-high 34 assists for Huron, which improved to 4-2 overall and 4-1 in the ESD.
Kaitlyn Severyn finished with eight kills to lead Pierre, which is well short of her 20-kill-per-game average, according to Buddenhagen. Carly Jo Schroer and Kelsey Schmitz each had five kills.
Severyn also had a pair of service aces and five assisted blocks for the Lady Govs, who are now 3-5, while Whitney King had two aces and 15 assists. Kallie Stout finished with a team-high 13 digs.
The Huron junior varsity used set wins of 25-15 and 25-20 to sweep Pierre on Tuesday. Hannah Nelson and Sarah Carr each had three aces. Sami Zell and Rathjen recorded 10 and nine kills, respectively.
In the sophomore match, Huron used scores of 25-13 and 25-21 to record the sweep. Lexi Glanzer led the way with three kills.
The Huron freshmen also recorded a sweep with wins of 25-15 and 25-21. Emily Arteman had four aces, Karissa Schroder had eight kills and Brianna Lichty had three kills.
The Tigers are back in action Thursday, when they travel to play Brookings.
Pierre will host Aberdeen Central on Saturday.
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