Gates named to Class A first team for Rustlers

COURTESY OF SDPB Tyra Gates of Miller passes the ball during a match in the Class A State Volleyball Tournament, which was held at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls.

HURON — With senior Tyra Gates manipulating the offensive attack from her setter position, Miller put together a 33-4 season, finishing fourth in the Class A State Volleyball Tournament.

Gates, who was a two-year starter for the Rustlers, was named to the first team of the Class A all-state team, which was selected by the South Dakota Volleyball Coaches Association.

“Tyra is a great teammate, who supports and encourages others, an who uses her individual goals to enhance the team’s goal of effectiveness and efficiency,” Miller coach Linday DeBoer said. “She works hard every day to make herself and others better and loves to ‘grind it out’ in practice and on the court giving 100 percent.”

After reaching the 1,000 assist mark as a junior, Gates past the 2,000 assist mark this season for the Rustlers. She finished her career with 2,063 assists, while having 95 blocks, 764 digs and 120 kills.

“Tyra’s quickness and agility were her strengths,” DeBoer said. “She delivered the ball to a variety of places and tempos to run a dynamic offense. She has a very high volleyball IQ and uses it to get the best hitting option.”

Joining Gates on the Class A first team this season were senior Mataya Ward of Belle Fourche; senior Logan Miller of Dakota Valley; junior Tevan Erickson of Elkton/Lake Benton; senior Ellie Lems of Sioux Falls Chrisitan; and senior Emma Yost of Wagner.

Making up the second team were Alyssa Chytka of Elk Point-Jefferson; Logan Bly of Garretson; Ally Abraham of Hamlin; Audrey Nelson of Madison; Karly VanDerWerff of Platte-Geddes; Olivia Kiefer of Rapid City Christian; and Peyton Poppema of Sioux Falls Christian.

Honorable mention went to Emma Van Regenmoter of Baltic; Carlee Laubach of Canton; Sophie Tuttle of Dakota Valley; Rachael Krog of Elkton/Lake Benton; Dani Deffenbaugh of Kimball/White Lake; and Addisen Barber of Sioux Falls Christian.