BY PLAINSMAN STAFF
HURON — The Northwestern Wildcats will play in their 11th Class “B” State Volleyball Tournament championship game tonight, after the top-seeded and once beaten Wildcats eliminated the Colman-Egan Hawks from championship contention, 3-0, with set scores of 25-18, 25-19 and 25-20.
Coach Nora Croft has eight state titles and will seek her program’s ninth tonight against nearby rival Warner, over which the Wildcats have a win already from earlier this season.
Sydney Schnell led the Northwestern hitters with 23 kills in the match, while Hannah Schentzel added 14. Setter Brooklinn Halvorson doled out 30 set assists, while both Schentzel and Joclyn Haven had 15 digs to lead the defense.
Colman-Egan, which falls to 25-4 with the loss, got 15 kills from Mackenzie Hemmer and 18 assists from Braiden Westley. Elizabeth Moore led the defense with 12 digs and Hemmer added 10.
Northwestern will take a record of 28-1 into tonight’s championship tilt, while Colman-Egan will take on Chester Area for third place at this year’s “B.”
Warner 3, Chester Area 1
After missing out last season, the Warner Monarchs are returning to the Class “B” State Volleyball Tournament championship match, where they will face their north central South Dakota rivals, the Northwestern Wildcats.
Warner, now 24-1, earned their trip to the finals with a 3-1 win over a scrappy Chester Area Flyers squad in the second championship semifinal round game at Huron Arena. Set scores for Warner were 23-25, 25-23, 25-18 and 25-19.
Jennifer Aman laced 14 kills for the Monarchs while Kendyl Anderson had 10 and Lauren Marcuson added eight. A total of six different Warner players had double digit digs in the match, led by Holli Jark’s 32. and Ava Milsson handed out 35 assists. The Monarchs had eight service aces as a team.
For Chester Area, who will move into the third-place game against Colman-Egan with a record of 22-3, Breckyn Ewoldt had a match-high 16 kills, Ella Pry added 10 and Serena Larson chipped in eight. Emery Larson led all diggers with 34 defensive stops and setter Kenna Brown dished out 35 set assists.
Bridgewater-Emery 3, Corsica-Stickney 2
The Corsica-Stickney Jaguars dropped the first two sets, came roaring back to win sets three and four, but ran out of gas in the deciding fifth set, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Bridgewater-Emery Huskies (25-17, 25-19, 14-25, 22-25, 15-11) in a consolation semifinal game Friday afternoon at Huron Arena.
Julia Weber led the way for the Huskies, notching 23 kills and leading the defense with 32 digs in the match.
Taylor Schallenkamp added eight kills and Kerrigan Schultz handed out 40 assists. Cara Meyer had 29 digs for Bridgewater-Emery.
Morgan Delange led a trio of Jags in double figures kills with 13, while Paige Wright tallied 12 and Raven Barse added 11. Sutten Eide had 41 assists and Morgan Clites had a game-hight 34 digs in the match.
B-E, which improves to 22-3, will face Faulkton Area for the consolation championship at approximately 2 p.m. this afternoon, while Corsica-Stickney will take on Hitchcock-Tulare for seventh-place, with a noon start.