BROOKINGS - Four matches during a seven-day stretch can take its toll on a volleyball team and it was quite evident for the Huron Tigers on Thursday.
The Tigers battled through and emerged with a 3-2 victory against the Brookings Bobcats using set scores of 24-26, 25-17, 16-25, 25-17 and 15-13.
“We were out of rhythm. We looked dead and flat, which we were afraid of with as many matches as we’ve had this week,” Huron coach Shelly Buddenhagen said. “Coming in we knew we would have to play solid, error-free volleyball. We fought our way through it.”
The Tigers needed contributions from its entire roster to collect its fifth win of the season on Thursday.
“We had a very well-balanced attack,” Buddenhagen said. “We were looking for a test to see how the kids responded. The kids stepped up and found a way to win.”
Asia King led Huron with 17 kills, while Halee Allerdings and Jacey Hupp added 15 and 11 kills, respectively.
“Our seniors played a big factor when it mattered the most,” Buddenhagen said. “They stepped up and took some of the pressure off our younger kids.”
Lizzy Katz had two of the five ace serves for the Tigers. Lexi Eckmann, Bailey Rathjen and Sarah Carr had the other aces.
Kelly McCarty had 46 of the 54 assists in the match for Huron, while Rathjen and Allerdings inked 16 and 15 digs, respectively.
Sami Zell wreaked havoc for the Brookings offense at the net, recording a team-high eight blocks, including seven assisted blocks. McCarty finished with two solo blocks and a block assist, while Allerdings had a solo block and three assisted blocks.
Alyssa Tvedt had eight kills for Brookings, while Sara Tvedt had six kills and eight blocks. Hannah Stuart finished with 26 digs and two aces, while Jana Thomas had 15 assists.
Huron also won the junior varsity match with scores of 17-25, 26-24 and 25-21.
Cameron Schroder and Taylor Flanery had eight and six aces, respectively, to lead the Tigers. Carr finished with three aces and seven kills, while Hannah Nelson had six kills and two aces.
Huron won the sophomore match with scores of 22-25, 25-10 and 25-9 to improve to 5-1.
Sara Skorheim paced the Tigers with five kills and Cenzi Glanzer had three aces.
The Huron freshmen are also 5-1 after sweeping the Bobcats 25-13 and 26-24.
Karissa Schroder led the way with 11 kills for the Tigers. Brianna Lichty and Emil Artemann had three and two aces, respectively, while Maddie Klein had six digs.
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