Huronís Asia King powers an attack through an Aberdeen Central block during the District 3AA championship Saturday at Huron Arena. The Tigers fell 23-25, 25-17, 25-22, 26-24. Looking on our teammates (from left) Halee Allerdings, Bailey Rathjen and Sara Carr. PHOTO SEAN M.X. KELLEY/PLAINSMAN
HURON ó The Huron Tigers will have to play one more match to extend their season and earn a trip to the South Dakota High School Activities Association State Tournament Nov. 21-23, after falling to Aberdeen Central 23-25, 25-17, 25-22, 26-24 Saturday at Huron Arena.
The Tigers lone set victory came in the first set and much like the third and fourth sets was back and forth then nip and tuck all the way.
Huron broke a 19-19 tie when Halee Allerdings smashed a cross court kill to force a sideout and send Kelly McCarty to the service line, where she continued a Tiger 5-0 run to force match point.
Huron's Asia King had a pair of her 19 kills during the run, with McCarty providing an ace and a Golden Eagle net violation accounting for the other points.
However, a back-row kill from the Golden Eaglesí Brianna Kusler forced a sideout.
Aberdeen Central then got a block and a Tiger blocking error, followed by a kill by tip by setter Maddie Goetz to pull the Golden Eagles within 1, 24-23.
However a deep serve ended the set giving the Tigers the 1-0 set lead.
The Golden Eagles blew open the second set as they built a 10-6 lead and extended it with a 10-3 run to make it 20-9.
Tiger errors along with good serving (two aces) and a stout front line (two blocks) gave Aberdeen breathing room to close out the set 25-17.
In the third set Aberdeen Central again pulled ahead taking a 13-9 advantage and building it to eight points, 23-15, before Huron's McCarty had a tip to force a sideout.
Then with the Tigers facing set point, 24-19, the Golden Eagles' execution began to falter with a pair of hitting errors and a kill by King pulling the Tigers within two points, 24-22.
However, Kendall McDaniel had a nice attack down the left side for the set winner, 25-22.
Aberdeen Central jumped out early in the third set 12-6, before the Tigers tied with a run of their own.
However, the Golden Eagles were the first team to reach 20 and put the Tigers in a situation of playing virtually perfect volleyball to force a fifth and deciding set.
The Tigers tied it at 20 with a kill from Hupp but Aberdeen Central answered back with a block kill and an ace to take a 22-20 lead.
Huron came back one last time facing two match points and tying it at 24 after a service error by the Golden Eagles and an ace by the Tigers.
However, a tiger service error and a attack that went wide sealed for the Golden Eagles.
King led the Tiger attack with 19 kills and just four hitting errors. Allerdings added 11 while McCarty had six and Hupp and Sami Zell each had four.
The team totaled 47 kills with 16 hitting errors.
From the service line, McCarty had four aces while King and Lizzy Katz each had a pair.
While the team did have 10 aces in the match they also had 14 service errors.
McCarty totaled 31 of the teamís 35 assists.
Defensively, Zell had the teams only block while five Tigers had at least 10 digs.
Hupp led the way with 19, followed by libro Bailey Rathjen who had 16, Halee Allerdings who had 14, Sara Skorheim who had 11 and McCarty who finished with 10.
The Golden Eagles were led up front by Brianna Kusler who had 17 kills and Bridget White who had 10.
Setting up the Golden Eagle attack was Maddie Goetz with 39 assists.
Kusler added five aces from the service line and White had a pair.
Defensively, White had three block assists and Megan Kingsriter had two.
In the back row Meggie Hanson recorded 23 digs while Goetz had 21.
The Tigers will play Spearfish who defeated Sturgis, 25-17, 25-20, 26-24, Saturday night.
The match is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.For the complete article see the 11-10-2013 issue.
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