Class AA volleyball tourney


O’Gorman 3, Harrisburg 2
BROOKINGS — The eighth-seeded Harrisburg Tigers gave the top-ranked and undefeated O’Gorman Knights all they wanted Thursday afternoon, before falling 3-2 in the opening game of the Class “AA” State Volleyball Tournament, at the Swiftel Center.

Scores for O’Gorman in the match were 25-17, 19-25, 25-14, 27-25 and 15-12.

Bergen Reilly had 15 kills, Isabella Steffel added 12 and Elaina Lubeck tacked on 10 as the 24-0 Knights avoided the first-round upset. For the Tigers, who fall to 14-12, Abby Meister had 13 kills and Reese Jansa added 12.

O’Gorman moves into the championship round, where they will play in the 5 p.m. game against Sioux Falls Washington. Harrisburg will play at noon today in the consolation round Aberdeen.

S.F. Washington 3, Aberdeen 1
The No. 4 Sioux Falls Washington Warriors got a scare, but come out ahead in the end, taking a 3-1 (25-21, 18-25, 25-20, 25-23) win over the fifth-seeded Aberdeen Central Golden Eagles in an opening round game at the Class “AA” State Volleyball Tournament.

The Warriors were led by Sydni Schetnan’s big 20-kill match as the 6-foot, 5-inch senior was devastating at the net. Joslyn Richardson had 15 kills and 13 digs in the match, while Ellie Walker chalked up 12 kills.

Aberdeen got 19 kills and 10 digs from Brooklyn Kusler, while Grace Myhre had 33 assists and Sydney Evans had 15 digs to lead the defense.

S.F. Roosevelt 3, Watertown 2
The seventh-seeded Sioux Falls Roosevelt Rough Riders played lights out for two sets and had just enough left in the tank to pull off the upset Thursday night, knocking the No. 2 seeded and defending state champion Watertown Arrows out of championship contention with a 3-2 (14-25, 26-24, 25-17, 20-25 and 15-11) win to close the opening round of the Class “AA” State Volleyball Tournament.

Watertown easily won the first game and held a 10-point lead midway through the second set when Roosevelt began to click. The Riders went on to take the second set, held the momentum for a third-set win and then held on in the fifth set to move into the championship semifinals against the Huron Tigers.

Roosevelt, which will carry a 11-10 record into tonight’s game, was got 13 kills from both Abby Ward and Mya Vandrovec in the match. Elizabeth Denevan passed out 40 assists while Kat Nelson and Zoie Husman had 24 and 22 digs, respectively.

For Watertown, which moves to 21-5 on the year, Emerson Smith had 18 kills, Jadyn Hoftiezer added 13 and Maggie Heesch pounded home 16 kills. Olivia Corey had 32 assists and Hoftiezer shared digs honors with Anna Johnson, as both Arrows had 19 in the match.

The Arrows will play Brandon Valley in a consolation semifinal game this afternoon.

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