Huron hands Golden Eagles first loss in matchup between state-ranked teams

PHOTOS BY JOHN DAVIS/AMERICAN NEWS Huron’s Tenley Buddenhagen, center and Libby Rounds, right, defend the net as Aberdeen Central’s Shaleah Borge, far left, hits the ball during Tuesday night’s match at the Golden Eagles Arena. In the second photo, on the left, Huron’s Brooke Schiltz, center, reaches to hit the ball as Aberdeen Central’s Kayleigh Fauth, front left and Shaleah Borge, front right, look on during Tuesday night’s match at the Golden Eagles Arena. On the right, Huron’s Libby Rounds, center, hits the ball past Aberdeen Central’s Alli Joerger, left and Grace Myhre, right, during Tuesday night’s match.

ABERDEEN — Aberdeen Central and Huron are one and the same when it comes to their volleyball teams. Both have a strong senior core along with a good coaching staff.

Going to five sets on Tuesday night wasn’t a surprise to Central coach Jackie Bindenagel.

“Huron comes here and it’s always a battle,” Bindenagel said. “They are a great fundamental volleyball team.”

No. 2 Central fell 14-25-25-15-14 against No. 5 Huron 25-19-23-25-16.

Huron had a strong start to the game after going on a 7-0 run to take Central’s lead. Although Central had solid defense up front, it was not enough to take on Huron’s attack.

“Huron served more aggressively than anything we’ve seen yet this year,” Bindenagel said. “We know that we’ll get in the gym tomorrow and work on that.”

Tenley Buddenhagen was a force at the service line for Huron. The senior had six kills and six aces. Mikena Moore and Brooke Schiltz had four aces a piece.

Central’s second set was one of their best performances in the game.

Brooklyn Kusler had a great attack and finished the game with 22 kills.

Communication also became key in Central’s second and third set victories.

“We’re scrappy,” Bindenagel said. “We picked up some things that maybe would’ve hit the ground another time.”

Huron heads home on Thursday to take on Brookings.


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