by Steve Peterson
West Sioux’s girls volleyball team earned a second-place finish at the Canton, S.D., tournament on Aug. 25.
West Sioux had a 3-0 record in pool play Saturday before facing Parker, S.D., in the championship match. The Lady Falcons lost in the title match, 3-0.
West Sioux vs. Garretson
West Sioux won in straight sets, 25-18 and 25-16.
Shannon Jasper had three block assists while Maddy Eilts, Callie Schmidt, Rylee Negaard had one each. Jasper had four solo blocks and Negaard had one.
Jasper led with seven kills while Negaard had six, Carly Dekkers had two and Schmidt one.
Defensively, Carissa Anderson had 12 digs. Negaard was next with five, Jaylen Blankenship had four, and Schmidt and Jenna Rehder had three each.
Negaard had six aces, Dekkers three and Anderson and Schmidt had one each.
“We were slow out of the gate but finished strong. Our offense did a great job attacking at the net with Jasper leading in kills and blocks. Anderson had a great game defensively. Rehder set a great game as well. We started three sophomores and they did a fantastic job stepping up to the varsity level,” said West Sioux Coach Laura Hensley.
WS vs, Lennox
West Sioux then beat Lennox, S.D., 25-23, 9-25 and 25-16 in a three-set battle.
Anderson had another double digit match in digs with 10. Negaard added four.
Jasper had five kills, Calie Peterson had four, and Schmidt added three; Torie McKee and Negaard had two each.
Anderson and Schmidt had five aces serving while Peterson and Negaard had two each; and Brooke Klemme and McKee each had one.
Klemme had seven assists and Rehder added one.
“This was a great match to win. We had a new lineup going into this match and every single player in that lineup contributed to the win. Our seniors led the way with Peterson, McKee, Blankenship, and Anderson all putting up great statistics. Anderson did a tremendous job in the back row just being an overall leader and a smart player. After the second set, I told the starting lineup that I knew they could finish this match and win it and they did. This match proved we have depth in our lineup and versatility on our bench,” said Hensley.
WS vs. Dell Rapids
West Sioux outlasted Dell Rapids, S.D., by scores of 25-12, 22-25, 25-16.
Jasper and Eilts had one block assist each. Jasper had four solo blocks while Dekkers and Schmidt had one each.
Jasper led in kills with seven but got help from Negaard with five, Dekkers had three, Eilts two and Anderson and Peterson had one each.
Anderson had 19 digs while Elits contributed 12; Negaard had eight, Jasper and Schmidt added six each, Blankenship added four, Rehder had three; Dekkers and Peterson had two each.
Rehder led with 14 assists.
Schmidt had four aces, Anderson had three, Negaard two, and Eilts and Rehder one each.
“Jasper, Dekkers and Negaard all had a great offensive game at the net. Dekkers went out after the first set due to an injury which left Schmidt to fill the middle spot. Overall our lineup did a great job with some help from the bench. This match left us 3-0 record in pool play and qualifying for the championship match against Parker,” said Hensley.
WS vs. Parker
Parker beat the Lady Falcons, 25-8, 25-16 and 25-10 in straight sets to win the championship.
Anderson had 15 digs to lead in that category. Negaard was next with five digs. Blankenship added four, Rehder three; McKee had two, Schmidt and Klemme one each.
Schmidt and Peterson had one solo block each as well as one ace serve each.
Negaard led with five kills, Jasper had four, McKee had two and Schmidt added one kill.
“Parker was a quality team. They had height and skill at the net and a great setter and libero, Anderson and Blankenship did a great job in the back row digging and Negaard had a great match at the net. We struggled out of the gate with our energy level and were out of gas most of the match. Once again our depth on the bench was key as we tried to battle, but ultimately Parker was the better team that day,” said Hensley.
“Overall the Canton tournament was a great success for our girls placing second. They gained confidence in their abilities and got some wins under their belt. It was an exciting to play for the championship and next year we look forward to the opportunity again with of course a very different outcome,” said Hensley.
West Sioux had a 4-3 record after its first seven matches.
The Lady Falcons are at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn in Hartley at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 30.
West Sioux will host Hinton at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 4. The Lady Falcons are at the Central Lyon tournament Sept. 8.